Awards & Contests

Rhiannon Giddens Earns 2016 Steve Martin Prize

Rhiannon Giddens has been named the recipient of the 2016 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. A North Carolina-based musician and co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens, 39, is the first woman and the first African-American to win the prize in its seven-year history. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Amy Soucy Wins 2016 Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at Connecticut Folk Festival

Amy Soucy Wins 2016 Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at Connecticut Folk Festival

Amy Soucy of Beacon, New York was named the winner of the 2016 Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition following a final round featuring five artists/acts that opened the Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo at New Haven’s Edgerton Park on Sept. 10. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Entries Sought in Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

Entries Sought in Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

Entries are now being accepted in the 33rd annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) produced by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington. The submission deadline is Sept. 15, 2016. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Anna Tivel is 2016 Telluride Troubadour

Anna Tivel is 2016 Telluride Troubadour

Anna Tivel, a Portland, Oregon-based singer songwriter, won the 2016 Telluride Troubadour Competition and had the opportunity to perform a short set on the main stage during the 43rd Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a roots-oriented music festival set amid Colorado’s rugged San Juan Mountains, June 16-19. [To continue reading this short article, click on the headline.]
2016 Kerrville New Folk Winners Named

2016 Kerrville New Folk Winners Named

Six singer-songwriters were named as winners in the 2016 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters. They were selected by a panel of judges from among 32 finalists who performed two songs each during the New Folk Concerts on May 28 and 29 as part of the Kerrville Folk Festival, an 18-day event at the Quiet Valley Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The six will perform during a New Folk Winners concert at the festival on Sunday afternoon, June 5, and will receive cash honorariums and other prizes. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Americana Music Association Announces Nominees for its 2016 Honors & Awards

Nominees for the Americana Music Association’s 2016 Americana Honors & Awards were announced on May 11 during a celebratory invitation-only event at the historic Mansion on O Street in Washington, DC, presented by the MusicFIRST Coalition. [To continue reading this article and see the list of nominees in six categories, click on the headline.]

2016 Telluride Troubadour Finalists Named

Ten singer-songwriters have been named as finalists in the 2016 Telluride Troubadour Competition, held in conjunction with the 43rd Telluride Bluegrass Festival that takes place June 16-19 amid Colorado’s rugged San Juan Mountains. They will now vie for cash and other prizes, as well as the honor of being named the Telluride Troubadour. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Winners Named in Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

Winners were named in the 24th Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2016, following performances by finalists on April 29 during the popular roots-oriented music festival held at the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Entries Sought in Performing Songwriter Contests

Both The Philadelphia Songwriters Project and the Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) are now accepting submissions in their respective performing songwriter contests. One does not need to be a member of either organization or to live in the areas they serve in order to enter. [To continue reading this article. click on the headline.]

Grammy Award Winners Named in American Roots Music Field

Prior to a live broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 15, 2016, winners in the 58th Annual Grammy Awards’ American Roots Music Field were revealed by The Recording Academy. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Folk Alliance International Conference, Camp & Fair Set for Feb. 17-21 in Kansas City

Folk Alliance International Conference, Camp & Fair Set for Feb. 17-21 in Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri may be better known for jazz, blues, barbecue and the Royals. However, more than 2,500 people are expected to converge on this midwestern metropolis Feb. 17-21, 2016, for the 28th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference, a concurrent music camp, and a new Kansas City Folk Festival on Sunday. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Rachael Kilgour Wins NewSong Contest

Rachael Kilgour, a Duluth, Minnesota-based singer-songwriter, was named the grand prize winner of the 2015 NewSong Contest after performing, along with eight other artists, during a music showcase and competition finals held January 7, 2016 at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium in New York City. [To continue reading this article and view a couple of videos, click on the headline.]