Wildflower! Festival Performing Songwriter Contest 2014

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Deadline Extended

NOTE:  In order for your submission to qualify for consideration, you must enter 2, 4, or 6 songs as all songs are judged in pairs.  After submitting your first song remember you must then submit a second song.

Celebrating its 18th year as part of the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, the Performing Songwriter Contest for emerging and performing artists will once again offer four cash prizes of $500 each to the top four songwriters. Ten juried finalists will be chosen to compete for these prizes on the Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas during the award winning Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival May 16 18, 2014.   Submit up to six songs (one completed entry is 2 songs, so you must submit 2, 4 or 6 times as songs will be judged in pairs) before the deadline of March 12, 2014.    

The Gig

Four grand prizes of $500 each to the top four songwriters.
All ten finalists will receive two nights complimentary lodging at the Host Hotel.
All ten finalists will receive backstage passes and access to the Green Room for food and drink.
All ten finalists will be scheduled to perform on the Courtyard Stage and sell CDs.


Terms And Conditions

  • There is a limit of 3 entries per person.  (An entry is 2 songs. Each song is submitted separately, one at a time, for a total of $20 per entry)
  • Open to males and females 18 years of age and older.
  • A maximum of 300 entries will be accepted on a first submitted basis.
  • Finalists must attend a meeting on Saturday, May 18 to honor the ten finalists and the announcement will be made at that time about the order of the contest performances.
  • Recordings submitted must be representative of the artists live performance. The screeners prefer recordings that use one instrument, the songwriters vocal and no backup harmonies; however, produced recordings are accepted. No instrumentals allowed.
  • Co-written songs may be submitted; however, only one of the writers may submit an application and perform the song on the recording.
  • Artists name, biographical information, or credits should not be included on the recordings. 
  • The submission of the entry certifies that the songwriter has all rights to the songs and that the songs have not been sold or contractually assigned to another entity.
  • Songs that have been previously recorded and released under contract on a label are not eligible.
  • Songs must have been written within the last two years (after December 2011).
  • Each song may not exceed five (5) minutes.
  • Performances at the contest are limited to one songwriter/vocalist who must perform the songs submitted in the contest.  The vocalist can provide instrumentation or have a single accompanist (with no backup harmony or effects).
  • Each finalist must be at Wildflower! on the day of the contest, Saturday, May 17, 2014 and be available to play a set in the round on Sunday, May 18, 2014 if selected as one of the winners.
  • Prior to the contest, finalists may not appear on any stage at the Festival with any artist(s) booked for the Festival.  Booked artists may not accompany a finalist during the contest.
  • The finalists will be given an opportunity to perform on the Courtyard Stage at the festival.
  • Notification to the 10 finalists will be made on or before April 15, 2014.
  • All previous finalists and winners are invited to submit with the exception of the 2012 winners and the 2013 finalists. The 2012 winners can enter again in 2015. The 2013 non-winning finalists can enter again in 2015 and the 2013 winners can enter again in 2016.