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John Hartford Songwriting Contest

John Hartford Songwriting Contest

The John Hartford Songwriting Contest is part of the John Hartford Memorial festival held each June in Bean Blossom IN.

Additional competitions include fiddle and banjo.

 

DATES | FEES | ENTRY

Opens – January

Deadlines – April 1

Finalist announcement – TBD

Live performance and competition at the John Hartford Memorial Festival

 

FEES
  • $25 entry fee

 

ENTER | RULES

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

The Top 10 Finalists will be selected from all entries.

The finalists will perform at a showcase held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the Hartford (Main) Stage.

The 1st place winner will perform two songs- the winning song and a song of choice.

2nd place through 5th place will perform their entry.

You may perform solo or with up to three accompanists. Winners must perform into a system (usually a single mic) provided by our professional sound crew. You will not be allowed to plug in your instruments. Due to time constraints, no drums.

 

 

JOHN HARTFORD SONGWRITING CONTEST PRIZES

  • 1st place wins two full festival tickets, a hand-made trophy plaque by Tom Burkhart, an autographed festival poster by the artist Jon Griffin, CloudShadow Jewelry by Patti Hill, $100.00, a slot in our Main Stage Songwriter’s Showcase, digital publication of your song, and an invitation to return to the 2017 John Hartford Memorial Festival to perform your winning song during our 2017 Songwriting Contest Showcase! and bragging rights.
  • 2nd place wins one full festival ticket, $50.00, an autographed festival poster by the artist Jon Griffin, a slot in our Main Stage Songwriter’s Showcase and digital publication of your song.
  • 3rd place wins one full festival ticket, $25.00, an autographed festival poster by the artist Jon Griffin, a slot in our Main Stage Songwriter’s Showcase and digital publication of your song.
  • 4th place wins one full festival ticket, an autographed festival poster by the artist Jon Griffin, a slot in our Main Stage Songwriter’s Showcase and digital publication of your song.
  • 5th place wins one full festival ticket, an autographed festival poster by the artist Jon Griffin, a slot in our Main Stage Songwriter’s Showcase and digital publication of your song.

 

PAST WINNERS

 





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