Youth Talent Competition Information

Contestant Application

We will have an application ready by October 2018.

The Future of Americana Roots Music

The 2019 competition will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019.

 

2018 Winners: 

1st place – Sarah Grace & the Soul, Houston, Texas

2nd place – Ethan Hanson, New Braunfels, Texas

3rd place – Madi Weeks, Austin, Texas

 

The purpose of the Youth Talent Competition is to encourage a new generation of Americana roots musicians by offering performance opportunities and exposure at the festival.

Who is eligible. Musicians 18 years old and younger. Bands or vocal groups (maximum of five members per group) and solo acts are eligible.

What to Bring. A maximum performance set of 11 minutes. Songs should be in the Americana roots music tradition — bluegrass, country, blues, gospel or traditional. Only acoustic instruments are permitted — no amplifiers, electronics or drum sets.

ENTRY INFORMATION

Contest Fee. There is no additional fee to register for the contest. Please note that festival ticket rules apply — kids 13 and over are charged the same fee as adults with the exception of youth competition participants. Each participant must be accompanied by a paying adult. All guidelines are subject to change without prior notice.

Entry Limit. The number of contestants will be limited to about 10 (a band or vocal group is considered one contestant). Entries will no longer be accepted after the first 10 qualified applicants and 3 alternates have been selected.

A decision will be made no later than March 1, 2019, as to who will perform in the 2019 Youth Talent Competition.

We will have an application ready by October for the 2019 competition.

PRIZES

A team of professional artists will select three winners — judges’ decisions are final:

FIRST PLACE

  • $200
  • 45-minute showcase spot on the following year’s festival
  • 20-minute show on Saturday
  • Professional feedback on contest performance
  • Special mention from the The Original Black’s Barbecue Stage

SECOND PLACE

  • $100
  • Professional feedback on contest performance
  • Special mention from the The Original Black’s Barbecue Stage

THIRD PLACE

  • $50
  • Professional feedback on contest performance
  • Special mention from the The Original Black’s Barbecue Stage

 

 

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