12th Annual New Jersey Folk Festival's Singer-Songwriter Showcase

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The New Jersey Folk Festival, the oldest continuously held folk festival in New Jersey, will host its twelfth annual Singer/Songwriter Showcase during the 32nd annual event on Saturday April 29, 2006 on the sprawling grounds of the Eagleton Institute on the Douglass campus of Rutgers, the State University, in New Brunswick, NJ.

While the primary focus of the NJFF is on indigenous folk forms passed down via family, home, and community traditions, we like to recognize regional folk artists in an effort to foster and encourage these "new" folk singer/songwriters in our contemporary society. Should you be selected, you will be afforded the opportunity to present your original material to a large, diversified audience. This day-long FREE, not-for-profit event features four stages of music, dance, workshops, crafts, children's activities and food. Judging will be done by an impartial panel and will be based on originality of lyrics and melody, as well as vocal quality. Six winners will be selected to perform 20 minute sets each on the festival's Shore Stage and will receive a modest honorarium and will be included in the festival program. Genres accepted include all traditional folk and traditional Americana.

Please note: This contest is open to singer-songwriters who have never before performed at the New Jersey Folk Festival. Artists must be residents of New Jersey or the bordering states of New York, Pennsylvania or Delaware. Proof of residency may be required. Your entries must reflect original words and music, no instrumentals. Each artist must submit music and lyrics for three songs. All songs on the entry must be sung by the author; author must be available to sing at NJFF if selected as a winner.