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John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest Opens Jan 1

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John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting ContestAt midnight Jan, 1st, the John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest will begin accepting submissions for their songwriting contest. Send them your best John Hartford inspired song and win tickets, trophies, digital publication and video exposure on their dynamic website, and participate in their top 7 Songwriter’s Showcase on the Main Stage! Don’t drag your pen and pick on this contest. They are only accepting the first 25 entries.

It's time to draw on that well of John Hartford inspired songs floating around inside your noggin and pull 'em out. The John Hartford Memorial Festival will begin accepting submissions for their 3rd contest on January 1st, 2015. The deadline for entries will end at midnight, EST, April 1st, 2015. Entrants will be pre-judged and notified shortly after the deadline for entries.

“The purpose of the John Hartford Songwriting Contest is to provide a fun and rewarding activity for songwriters and the festival attendees while furthering the preservation of the legacy of John Hartford and his music,” said Ernie Hill. The winners were chosen by a panel of six scorers who graded each song by a pre-determined set of guidelines and criteria. “We prefer to use the term ‘scorer’ instead of ‘judge’ for our contest,” Ernie shared. “We believe that in art and music, the term ‘judge’ is not applicable to a person's work of art. So we award points for originality, melody, and content, and the best score wins.”

They require each writer to write a song using John Hartford's name or a song title that appeared on one of his albums. “My hope is that each songwriter who steps up to the challenge will study the music of John Hartford, which would lead them to discover volumes of printed information, opinions, and music, and that they will discover the connection between the music they play and the root from which it was directly or indirectly influenced, namely, by the Father of New Grass, John Hartford,” Ernie explained.

“This contest will spread the legacy and music of John Hartford, like the wake of a stern-wheel steamboat on the Mississippi River, into the noggins of every one that it reaches,” he continued. “Thanks to cyberspace, we can easily spread our intent, which is to celebrate, educate, and share the music, life, and legacy of one of Americana music's most beloved trend setting, genre-busting personalities, the late John Hartford.”

Please make yourself familiar with the rules and guidelines. We will only accept the first 25 entries this year. Only one song per entrant.Follow this link directly to their contest page and give it your best. You might win the opportunity to experience these exciting legendary and current headliners; Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the Trail Blazers, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Hackensaw Boys, Split Lip Rayfield, Jamie Hartford and Friends, Bawn in the Mash, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, The Larry Keel Experience, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Forty Two Bands in all!

Come celebrate the life and legacy of one of Americana’s most beloved songwriting musicians. Become a part of their family at The Most Laid Back Festival in America. It’ll be here before you know it. The 2014 John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest Showcase was a very cool, laid back event, attended by hundreds of enthusiastic folks! The top three songwriters performed their winning songs while standing on the very board that John Hartford amplified and danced upon.

Visit the John Hartford Memorial Festival for more about the festival, the contest and how to acquire your tickets for 2015. The most laid back festival in America takes place May 28-30, 2015. The lineup will feature Hot Rize, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, The Larry Keel Experience, and a whole lot more!

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