Thursday, February 28, 2013

Songwriters Wanted for "Gathering in the Gap" Music Festival

    Attention songwriters!  Submissions are now being taken for a songwriting contest to be part of the Gathering in the Gap music festival on May 25 at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap, VA.
    The goal of the contest is to recognize little-known, yet talented, songwriters who portray the spirit of the Appalachians through their music.  Songs should focus on America-related topics, and should be of genres that remain true to the mountain culture, such as folk, bluegrass, rockabilly, blues, country, and gospel.

    A judging panel of professional musicians and industry professionals will judge entries based on tune, relevance to the Appalachian tradition, and originality.  Quality of recording and performance are not considered.

    The 10 finalists chosen will receive free tickets the festival, a free T-shirt, and the opportunity to perform on the festival's main stage.  The top three finalists will receive cash prizes and plaques of recognition.  The top finalist will be awarded a five-hour recording session from the Grammy-award-winning studio, Maggard Sound of Big Stone Gap.

    For details on how to enter and other contest details, log on to or call 276-523-1322.

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