songSLAM - Minneapolis
The Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM, in partnership with Source Song Festival, is a unique opportunity for composer/performer teams to premiere new art songs and compete for cash prizes. This social event will take place at ICEHOUSE MLPS 2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55404, on Thursday, January 10th, 2019, and will be hosted by Chris Koza.

Each team will present a new song for voice and piano in any language for the voting audience, who—in the poetry slam tradition—will then vote on their favorites and award $900 in prize money:

$500 for first place, $300 for second place and $100 for third place*

Information about the performance & premieres:
- Thursday January 10th, ICEHOUSE MLPS
- Teams are encouraged to bring their friends, as all prizes will be awarded by audience vote!

1) Registration is $15 and opens on November 5th at 9:30am EST on a first-come, first-served basis.

2) Performance slots will be given to the first 10-12 applicants to apply; there will also be space for 5 alternate slots in the event of cancellations.

3) Original compositions presented at the Minneapolis songSLAM must:
- be composed for voice and piano
- feature texts that are in the public domain or have
written and signed permission from the author/trust
- receive their world premiere at our event.

4) Songs should be no more than 5 minutes in length.

5) A composer can only submit ONE song for the event. Performers can only perform in ONE song for the event.

6) Texts may be in any language.

7) There is no age limit for those who wish to apply.

8) Composer must be present during the premiere event.

9) Scores for songSLAM must be completed and submitted by no later than January 2nd, 2019

10) Teams should be complete at the time of registration and must consist of at least two people. Composer can be either pianist or singer.

(*Further prizes may be granted at the discretion of the Co-Artistic Directors of Sparks & Wiry Cries, including but not limited to: professional recording for use by the composer and performers, and online publication and sales of winning songs, hosted through Sparks & Wiry Cries’ website.)

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