Awards & Contests

Finalists Named in 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase

Ten singer-songwriters have been selected as finalists in the 2017 Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, held in conjunction with the 27th Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado, Aug. 18-20. The finalists will vie for cash and other prizes – including a 2018 festival main stage set and a Taylor guitar for the first-place winner. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Clint Alphin is Telluride Troubadour Winner

Clint Alphin is Telluride Troubadour Winner

Clint Alphin, a Nashville, Tennessee-based singer songwriter, won the 2017 Telluride Troubadour Competition and had the opportunity to perform a short set on the main stage during the 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a roots-oriented music festival set amid Colorado’s rugged San Juan Mountains, June 15-18. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Winners Named in 2017 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition

Six singer-songwriters have been named as winners in the 2017 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters. They were chosen by a panel of judges from among 32 finalists who performed two songs each during the New Folk Concerts on May 27 and 28 as part of the Kerrville Folk Festival, an 18-day event at the Quiet Valley Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Winners Named in 2017 Songwriter Serenade

Winners Named in 2017 Songwriter Serenade

Andrew Delaney has been named the first-place winner in the 2017 Songwriter Serenade competition. He was among 15 songwriters who were invited to showcase several of their original songs and compete for $7,000 in prize money at Moravia Performance Hall in Moravia, Texas, on Saturday, May 6. [To continue reading this article and see the complete list of winners and semifinalists, click on the headline.]

2017 Telluride Troubadour Finalists Named

Ten singer-songwriters have been selected as finalists in the 2017 Telluride Troubadour Competition, held in conjunction with the 44th Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a roots-oriented music festival set amid Colorado’s rugged San Juan Mountains, June 15-18. They will now vie for cash and other prizes, as well as the honor of being named this year’s Telluride Troubadour. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Finalists Selected in 2017 RISA Performing Songwriter Contest

Rick Allendorf (Middleboro, MA), Kayla Farnham (Pomfret, CT) and Judy Kass (Tarrytown, NY) have been named as finalists in the 2017 RISA Performing Songwriter Contest presented by the Rhode Island Songwriters Association in partnership with Stone Soup Folk Arts Foundation. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Finalists Announced in 2017 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition

Finalists Announced in 2017 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition

Thirty-two songwriters have been named as finalists in the 2017 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters. Chosen from among more than 600 submissions from around the world, the finalists will perform the two songs they submitted at the New Folk Concerts slated for Saturday and Sunday afternoons, May 27 and 28, as part of the Kerrville Folk Festival. [To continue reading this article and see the list of Kerrville New Folk finalists, click on the headline.]

The Philadelphia Songwriters Project Names Ten Finalists in its 2017 Songwriting Contest

Finalists have been named in the 12th annual songwriting contest produced by The Philadelphia Songwriters Project. The 10 finalists have been invited to compete in a live finals showcase on Sunday afternoon, May 21, at Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, during which a panel of celebrity judges and the audience will select four winners and two alternates. Winners will be afforded non-compensated opportunities to perform during various festivals and concert series in the region this summer. [To continue reading this article and see who the finalists are, click on the headline.]
Finalists Named in 2017 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest

Finalists Named in 2017 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest

Ten finalists have been named in the 2017 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest. Each will perform two songs on the Singer Songwriter Stage during the 25th annual Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival at Galatyn Park Urban Center in Richardson, Texas, just a few minutes north of Dallas. Billed as North Texas’ largest music festival, it takes place, May 19-21. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

2017 JUNO Awards Presented in Ottawa

Artist and Album of the Year honors went to the late Leonard Cohen, while William Prince took home Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and The East Pointers won Traditional Roots Album of the Year during the 2017 JUNO Awards ceremonies that took place April 1 and 2 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario -- Canada’s capital city. Award recipients in these and some three-dozen other categories were selected by members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Entries Sought for 2017 FreshGrass Awards

Online submissions are being sought through May 31 for the 2017 FreshGrass Awards and a new No Depression Singer-Songwriter Award. Unsigned bluegrass bands, banjo pickers, fiddlers and roots music-oriented singer-songwriters are invited to compete for more than $25,000 in cash prizes, instruments, recording sessions at Compass Records, and a spot on the main stage during FreshGrass 2018. Finalists will perform for a panel of music industry judges during this year’s festival, which is set for Sept. 15-17 on the grounds of MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Folk Alliance International Honors David Amram with Lifetime Achievement Award

Noted composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and author David Amram received an Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Award during a star-studded International Folk Music Awards Show, Feb. 15, on the opening night of the 29th Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The late activist songwriter Malvina Reynolds (legacy) and prolific Canadian folklorist Helen Creighton (Business/Academic) were also named as recipients. [To continue reading this article, which includes more information on the awards and on the conference, click on the headline.]