JUD CASWELL wins 2007 Dave Carter Memorial Song Contest
- How did this happen and not get posted? I found the news (now >1 month
old) on Jud's website as I was gathering information for his upcoming
show (with co-feature Pat Wictor) at the Notlob Acoustic Music Series at
the Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA. -
www.myspace.com/notlobhouseconcerts, you may remember the venue as
producing the Dave Carter birthday tribute concert back in August.
9-09-07 Good news from Oregon, I was lucky enough to take home first
place in the Dave Carter Memorial Song Contest
<http://www.sistersfolkfestival.com/dave_care.html> ! I have had a
fantastic time hanging out with all the great people here in Sisters,
OR, and I'm so excited about being back here next year for the song
school and the festival!
[Sisters Folk Festival Schedule] The Dave Carter Memorial
at the Sisters Folk Festival
2007 WINNER: JUD CASWELL <http://judcaswell.com/index.htm>
Willie Carmichael; Bend, Oregon
Melody Moore; Shreveport, Louisiana
Michael McGarrah; Maricopa, Arizona
Jud Caswell; Brunswick, Maine
Datri Bean; Austin Texas
If you're looking for a chance to make your voice heard, do what these
folks did and enter next year's Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest
at the Sisters Folk Festival.
As the legendary Guy Clark will tell you, songwriting isn't a
competitive sport. But putting your songs out there with others in the
genre and testing them against the savvy of experienced judges is a
great way to hone your craft.
Winning the Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the
Sisters Folk Festival has boosted the careers of songwriters
such as Darryl Purpose, Christopher Smith, Bob Hillman and the
late Dave Carter. And the $750 grand prize can buy some
valuable studio time or a lot of guitar strings.
About the Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest
An important part of the Sisters Folk Festival (September 5-7, 2008),
the song writing contest is a showcase for outstanding but
under-recognized performing songwriters.
This is a SONGWRITER'S contest, not a SONG contest. This year, five
finalists will vie for a $750 cash prize as the winner of the Sisters
Folk Festival Songwriting Contest.
Entries will be accepted until August 6th. (NOTE: Entries must be
POSTMARKED no later than July 31st.)
You may submit up to three songs. Entries will be judged on overall
consistency of quality. Finalists will be selected from the timely
entries by mid-August. The finalists will perform in the songwriting
contest finals at the Festival on Saturday, September 8th
The winner will perform a short set to open the Saturday night Festival
Main Stage concert. Finalists will have other performance opportunities
at venues around Sisters throughout the weekend festival. Each finalist
will also receive two nights lodging, meal vouchers and one all-events
pass for the Festival.
SUBMITTALS WILL BE JUDGED FOR:
* ORIGINALITY AND UNIQUENESS
* SONG STRUCTURE
* PROSODY (FIT OF WORDS AND MUSIC)
SONGWRITING CONTEST RULES
* Contest is open to all except members of the Sisters Folk Festival
steering committee and their families.
* Songs must be wholly original and all co-writers' names must be
* Entries must not infringe on any existing copyright or other rights
of any third party.
* By submitting songs, entrant agrees to indemnify the Sisters Folk
Festival for any liability for copyright infringement.
* Submit up to three songs, on one cassette or CD.
* Separate lyric sheets must be provided for each song submitted.
(Mark cassettes (or CD) and lyric sheets with your name, address,
telephone number (e-mail optional).)
* Submittals must be postmarked NO LATER THAN JULY 31ST, and must be
received by the festival by close of business on AUGUST 6TH. (MATERIALS
POSTMARKED LATER THAN JULY 31ST OR RECEIVED AFTER AUGUST 6TH WILL NOT BE
* Entry fee is $20 payable to the Sisters Folk Festival, by check or
money order. This is the entry fee whether you submit one, two or three
songs -- $20 total is it!! PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH.
MAIL ENTRIES TO:
Sisters Folk Festival
Songwriting Contest 2007
P.O. Box 3500, PMB 304
Sisters, OR 97759
Submit Online with Sonicbids.com
To help us reach songwriters more effectively, please indicate how you
heard about the Sisters Folk Festival and the Songwriting Contest.
The Sisters Folk Festival is not responsible for loss or damage to
entries prior to actual receipt. Because of high volume of entries,
entries cannot be acknowledged or returned. Cassettes, CDs and lyric
sheets will be destroyed at the end of the contest. DO NOT SEND THE ONLY
COPY OF YOUR SONGS!
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