CONTEST RULES:• Open only to unsigned, emerging songwriters without a current publishing deal • Current resident of Oklahoma• 1 song submission per artist. This song must be the contestant's original work. It may be a demo or home recording—does not have to be professionally produced. Contestant retains full rights to works submitted. • Songs must be lyric-driven. • All submitting artists must be available and willing to travel to Stillwater, OK on April 30th-May 1st to participate in the final performance contest as part of Bob Childers' Gypsy Cafe music festival. • Members of the Jimmy LaFave family or Red Dirt Relief Fund Board of Directors and their relatives are not eligible to apply. Judges reserve the right to disqualify an entry if it does not meet contest requirements. • Cost: FREE
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:•Complete the form below. •Email an MP3 file of your song to email@example.com.•MARCH 1st IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS.
JUDGING CRITERIA:• A panel of respected songwriters and music industry professionals will judge MP3 submissions based on lyrics, melody, originality, form and musicality to select 3 finalists. • Finalists will perform their songs live in Stillwater the evening of April 30th. The judges' scores of overall performance will be combined with a crowd poll to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
PRIZES:1st Place: $500 & perform at Bob Childers' Gypsy Cafe on Wednesday, May 1st (Oklahoma's premier songwriter festival)2nd & 3rd Place: Musician's badge to attend Bob Childers' Gypsy Cafe