Spirit West Coast Talent Search 2009

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The 2009 Spirit West Coast Festival (Monterey) is teaming with other major festivals in the nationwide Christian Festival Association to present the “Spirit West Coast Talent Search presented by Word Records", an online talent search competition and showcase that culminates at the Spirit West Coast 2009 festival with a live performance competition between the 12 finalists determined by a panel of judges consisting of industry experts.

For the selected finalists, the “finals” showcase and competition performance will be held “live” at the festival, at the Air 1 alternative stage and the Rally’s for Christ Stage and open to the public. Each finalist (band, instrument accompaniment or track) will be given 10 minutes playing time - enough time for two songs. This will be strictly enforced.

The finalist competition will be on July 30 & 31 with the winner and runner-up performing on August 1.

The Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up from the finals will be given the opportunity to perform 2 songs on the Main or Alternative stage on Saturday afternoon (festival’s choice of stage based on style).

The Grand Prize Winner will also be invited to move on to perform at the national finals in Nashville later this year (date is not known at this time). Artist will be responsible for all cost associated with traveling to the finals in Nashville. The national winner will receive a development contract with Word Records.

Backline gear will be provided and contestants are required to use only what is available (special gear will not be allowed).

Submissions will be rated based on the following:

  • Culturally Relevant: In order to effectively translate the Gospel to the next generation, the music and its message must be capable of reaching its audience at a heart, mind and soul level.
  • Artistically Excellent: We, as the body of Christ, are called by God to be excellent (1Thessalonians 4:1). Our standards for artistic quality are, therefore, consistent with this expectation.
  • Spiritually Significant: We do our festivals to bring glory to God and God alone. We depend on the artists to challenge the attendees to seek Him on a personal level.
  • Scripturally Sound. While we do not require or expect the lyrics of our artists' music to be taken directly from scripture, we do expect that all messages are consistent with God's plan for our lives, as described in Holy Scripture.

    Please note: Finalist/entrants will not be allowed to sell merchandise on site and will be responsible for all their cost associated with getting to and from the festival including transportation, meals and lodging (camping is available at the regular price).