The Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM is a unique opportunity for composer/performer teams to premiere new art songs and compete for cash prizes in partnership with Fourth Coast Ensemble. This social event will take place on April 14th at 6pm at the Promontory in Hyde Park, Chicago and will be hosted by composer Lori Laitman.

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 $2,000 in prize money:

$1000 for first place, $600 for second place and $400 for third place*

Information about the performance & premieres:
- Premieres will take place at the Promontory in Hyde Park, Chicago, at 6pm
- Teams are encouraged to bring their friends, as all prizes will be awarded by audience vote!

1) Registration is $15 and opens Monday February 11th 6pm CST 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 CHICAGO 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) 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 online publication and sales of winning songs, hosted through Sparks & Wiry Cries’ website.)

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