Awards & Contests

Entries Sought for 2014 FreshGrass Awards

Up-and-coming bluegrass artists who offer a fresh take on the genre are invited to compete for the 2014 FreshGrass Award, a highlight of the eponymous three-day bluegrass and roots festival held each fall at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Finalists Named in 2014 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest

Performing songwriters from the states of Maine and Texas dominate the list of ten finalists named this week in the 2014 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest. Each will perform two songs on the Singer Songwriter Stage during the 22nd annual Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival at Galatyn Park in Richardson, Texas, just a few minutes north of Dallas. Billed as North Texas’ largest music festival, it takes place, May 16-18. [To continue reading the article and see the list of finalists, click on the headline.]

2014 Songwriter Serenade Semifinalists Named

Fifteen performing songwriters from Texas and five other states will showcase their original songs and talents as they compete for $3,200 in prize money during the annual Songwriter Serenade competition on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Moravia Parish Hall in Moravia, TX. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline].

Finalists Named in 2014 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

Finalists have been named in the 22nd annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2014, the popular roots-oriented music festival that takes place April 24-27 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]
2014 JUNO Award Winners Named

2014 JUNO Award Winners Named

Serena Ryder, an Ontario-based folk-rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, with four prior JUNO Awards, was named Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in the 2014 Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. Toronto-based alt-country singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge’s Valleyheart and The Strumbellas’ We Still Move on Dance Floors were named Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo and Group, respectively. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Entries Sought in Philadelphia Songwriters Project Contest

Online submissions are being accepted until March 14, 2014 in the ninth annual performing songwriting contest produced by The Philadelphia Songwriters Project. Songs will be evaluated by music industry professionals based on lyrics, music and performance quality. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
2014 JUNO Awards Nominees Announced

2014 JUNO Awards Nominees Announced

Serena Ryder, an Ontario-based folk-rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is among the top nominees in the 2014 JUNO Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. Nominees also were named for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year Solo and Group. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
Winners Named in 40th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards

Winners Named in 40th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards

The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) presented its 40th Annual Bluegrass Music Awards on February 2, 2014 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Winners in 23 categories were honored during an awards show that capped the nonprofit organization’s national convention. [To read the full article and see the list of winners, click on the headline.]
Winners Named in Sixth Annual Irish Music Awards

Winners Named in Sixth Annual Irish Music Awards

The sixth annual Irish Music Awards were presented by the Irish Music Association on January 25, 2014 at O’Malley’s Pub in Weston, Missouri. The awards were determined through online voting by the association’s members. [To continue reading the article and see the complete list of winners in 17 categories, click on the headline.]
Grammy Winners Named in American Roots Music Field

Grammy Winners Named in American Roots Music Field

Most of the winners in more than 80 categories in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced during ceremonies held prior to the televised event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Jan. 26. To view the list of winners in the American Roots Music Field, click on the headline.
Winners Named in Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

Winners Named in Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

Winners have been named in the 30th annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) presented by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington. The overall top honors were presented during a Jan. 19 awards gala at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia. Preliminary winners in each of 11 separate categories were announced weeks earlier. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
South Florida Folk Festival Celebrates 20 Years in January 2014

South Florida Folk Festival Celebrates 20 Years in January 2014

The South Florida Folk Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014. Presented by the nonprofit Broward Folk Club, the festival returns as a two-day event in a park setting on Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 18-19. More than 40 musicians will perform on two stages at Fort Lauderdale’s Hugh Taylor Birch State Park over the weekend. [To continue reading a short preview of the festival and its associated singer-songwriter competition, click on the headline.]