Emerging Artist – Rules & Electronic Submission


overview | rules and electronic submission


Step One: Please read and agree to the rules below:

    1. Writer-performers must send Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) recordings of two original songs prior to the submission deadline. The submission must be made under the name of a solo singer-songwriter only, LIMIT TWO ENTRIES (of two songs each) PER SONGWRITER PLEASE. The writer retains all rights to the songs.
    2. All entrants shall be amateur performers living within a 100 mile radius of Norfolk, VA and must be at least 16 years old. For the purposes of this contest, amateur performers are defined as artists who have not released commercially available, full-length recordings of their own material. Full-length releases are defined as those containing 6 or more songs.
    3. To qualify for consideration, each entry will require the submission of four files through the online submission form. Two audio files, between 128-192 kbits/s (mp3, mp4, wma), each containing a song recording, and two text files (Adobe pdf or Word equivalent), each containing a song’s lyrics and title must be uploaded using the contest website. Please do not include your name on the lyrics, to ensure “blind” preliminary judging. A short biography must be typed into the text field of the website entry form and there is an entry fee through the showcase website. All entrants must apply through the showcase website using the instructions provided on the site.
    4. Submission Deadline: Only the first 120 entries received between December 3, 2016 and midnight, February 17, 2017, will be accepted. Once the number of entries reaches 120, we will post a note closing contest entry on this website.
    5. Entrants must not be relatives, board members, or employees of  Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) or any of the contest judges. Past contest winners are not eligible to participate.
    6. No Bands Please. Submissions must be performed by the writer alone, self-accompanied.
    7. The total time for both songs must not exceed 8 minutes. The recording quality must be sufficient to adequately represent the contestant’s live performance. Audio components of the recordings may be processed (e.g. delay, reverb, etc.) but not artificially created (e.g. harmonizers, computer sequencers, etc).
    8. A judging committee will select ten (10) semi-finalists and two (2) alternate semi-finalists based on committee consensus. If selected as a competition semi-finalist, you will perform both of your originally submitted songs (2) for a listening audience and live-performance judging panel at Victorian Station in Hampton, Virginia on Sunday, March 19. The songs performed during the live competition must be the two songs submitted originally; no other songs will be permitted. The song performances must reflect the arrangements as submitted and the artist must self-accompany; no additional musicians or computer devices may augment the performance.
    9. At the final “live” competition, a panel of judges will listen to and evaluate the songs submitted by each of the ten finalists in concurrent, 2-song each, order. The live performance order of the ten competing finalists will be selected by drawing names from a hat on the day of the performance just prior to the start of the final competition.
    10. After listening to all of the submitted songs performed by the ten finalists, the judges will convene to determine the top #1 winning finalist, in addition to a 2nd and 3rd place winners. Each performer’s overall score and ranking will be based on the combined judging scores of both submitted songs. The judge’s decision will be based on the combined quality and originality of the lyrics, melody, musicianship, and overall performance of the combined two songs, utilizing an evaluation and scoring form that coincides with established considerations and judging criteria, as outlined in the “Song Judging Considerations and Food for Thought for Competing Songwriters” information. The decision of the judges is final.
      NOTE: For additional information on some of the general elements involved in the judging process, please read “Song Judging Considerations and Food for Thought for Competing Songwriters.”
    11. The Top #1 winning finalist and the 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced before the Big Pink Music Room audience shortly following the judging process.
    12. The Top #1 winner of the contest will be given a featured performance slot at the 2017 Sea Level Festival, taking place on Saturday, April 1st, at the Attucks Theatre in Norfolk. He/she will also be celebrated as the best emerging singer/songwriter and will be invited to perform live on Public Radio’s Out of the Box with Paul Shugrue and Hunter Hughes’ Hunter at Sunrise, in addition to receiving other select prizes (TBA).
    13. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will also receive select prizes which will be determined by the EAC Committee and presented at the EAC contest following the contest.
    14. Any rules that are misprinted or incompletely printed in other publications are not official and we take no responsibility for any disqualification resulting from not following the complete instructions listed above.
    15. Proceeds from the event will be used to support Tidewater Arts Outreach.
    16. By submitting your entry you acknowledge that you understand and agree with all of the rules of this showcase, and further that you will abide by any and all of the decisions made by TAO and/or the showcase judges. All decisions of TAO and/or or the showcase judges (specifically, but not exclusively, to include interpretation of the rules) are final in all regards.

Submission Closed. Deadline passed (February 17, 2017).