Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest

Al Johnson

The award-winning Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest encourages the growth of the art of independent performing singer-songwriters. Genres include Acoustic, Americana, Blues, Celtic, Country, Folk, Rock, Indie,  and Pop. Some of our past finalists include Ruthie Foster, Beth Wood, Rj Cowdery, Drew Kennedy, Tom Faulkner and many more. 10 finalists are selected through a blind screening process and invited to perform at the finals that take place on Saturday, May 18 at Wildflower! on the Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center. Finalists compete for one of the following prizes:

  • First Place Grand Prize –  $1000, 2 full consecutive days of recording at Audio Dallas Recording Studio, plus a travel allowance.
  • Second Place – $500 
  • Michael Terry People’s Choice Award – $500 

“In keeping with our philosophy, the songs selected reflect the artistic integrity of the artist. They represent a great diversity of musical genres and will provide our Wildflower! audiences an opportunity to join us in recognizing excellence in songwriting.” ~ Al Johnson


2019 Contest Rules

Entry Deadline is March 1, 2019
Please read the rules in their entirety as they have changed.

 

How to Enter:
  • Click here to complete online application and payment.
  • One Entry = Two Songs     $20
  • Once you have received an email confirmation of payment, email your songs (in MP3 format only) to kathleen.angelucci@cor.gov. You are not officially entered in the contest until all entry fees have been paid and all song entries have been submitted.
  • Deadline to apply is March 1, 2019 or the first 300 entries – whichever comes first.
Entrants Will Be Competing For:
  • One of three prizes:
    • First Place Grand Prize – $1000 , 2 full consecutive days of recording at Audio Dallas Recording Studio, plus a travel allowance.
    • Second Place – $500 
    • Michael Terry People’s Choice Award – $500 
  • An invitation to perform on the official Wildflower! Singer Songwriter Stage on May 18, 2019 and an additional set on the CityLine Stage
  • Lodging for May 17 and 18, 2019
  • Festival passes for you and a guest
  • Green Room hospitality during performance time
  • Opportunity of a lifetime to spend a weekend sharing songs with some of the best performing songwriters in the nation and participation in the Songwriting Contest Showcase on Sunday, May 19, 2019
Contest Rules:
  • Maximum One (1) entry per person. One entry = two songs.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old.
  • A maximum of 300 entries will be accepted on a first submitted basis.
  • A total of ten finalists will be selected and invited to perform on the official Wildflower! Singer Songwriter Stage, May 18, 2019 in the contest finals. Notification to the 10 finalists will be made on or before April 16, 2019.
  • All finalists must provide their own transportation to Wildflower! (Located in Richardson, TX).
  • Recordings submitted must be representative of the artist’s live performance and include only one instrument, the songwriter’s vocal and no backup harmonies.
  • Produced recordings or instrumental only songs are NOT accepted.
  • Co-written songs are accepted; however, only one of the writers may submit an application and perform the song on the recording.
  • Artist’s name, biographical information, or credits can NOT be included on the recordings/mp3 metadata, (title, artist, track number, and other identifying information).
  • A 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
  • Songs must have been written within the last two (2) years (after December 2017).
  • Each song must NOT exceed five (5) minutes.
  • Finalist live performances at Wildflower! are limited to one (1) songwriter/vocalist who must perform the songs submitted in the contest. During the performance the vocalist can provide instrumentation or have a single accompanist (with no backup harmony or effects).
  • Each finalist must attend the contest finals at Wildflower! on Saturday, May 18, 2019 and be available to play a set in the Songwriting Contest Showcase on Sunday, May 19, 2019 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 Booked artists may not accompany a finalist during the contest.
  • The finalists will be given an opportunity to perform an additional set on the Wildflower! Courtyard Stage during the Festival.
  • Notification to the 10 finalists will be made on or before April 16, 2019.
  • All previous finalists and winners are invited to submit with the exception of the 2017 winners and the 2018 finalists and winners.
  • Finalists must attend a meeting on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 9:30am to learn the order of final performances at the Festival.
Fair Screening Process:
  • All entries are subjected to a blind and independent screening by several experienced music promoters, songwriters and educators familiar with original songwriting and performing techniques.
  • The 10 finalists are selected based on the rankings and scores compiled from the results of the independent screeners.
  • The contest is a performing songwriting contest. The entries will be judged based on the quality of the songs (50%) and the artist’s presentation of the songs (50%).

2018 Contest Winners

Eric Bettencourt

Eric Bettencourt – Austin, TX

Kristen Grainger – Salem, OR

Brian Pounds

Brian Pounds – Austin, TX

Michael Terry People’s Choice Award Winner
Kyle Donovan

Kyle Donovan – Boulder, CO

 

Click here to view a history of the Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest Winners.

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