River Falls Roots and Bluegrass Songwriter Competition

Welcome to the River Falls Roots and Bluegrass Music Festival Songwriting Competition

Event Date:  Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Time:  11:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Registration and Check-in Begins at 10:30
Cost:  $10.00
Location:  Junior's Bar and Restaurant, lower level of The Campus Inn, 100 Spring St., River Falls, WI
Phone: 651-491-4013

1st Place - $300.00
2nd Place - $200.00
3rd Place - $100.00
Trophies for the top three places
  • Sorry, no co-writes. Songwriting entries must be entirely written and performed by the entering songwriter.
  • Contestants cannot be signed to a third-party record label or publishing deal. This competition is meant for emerging and independent performing songwriters.
  • The competition with be limited to 12 contestants.
  • Contestants will play 1 original song in the preliminary round and the top five finalists will play 2 original songs in the final round.
  • Contestants may introduce themselves and the song title only.  
  • Finalists may not repeat songs from preliminaries in the finals.
  • Recommended time limit: 5 minutes per song.
  • Acoustic instruments with pickups are permitted as well as EQ devices but no effects.
  • Instruments allowed are those that can be carried out to the mics with the performer. A keyboard will be provided if necessary.
  • No backup musicians allowed. This is a solo competition.
  • Advanced registration is encouraged. Please follow the registration link on the left side of this page.  Walk up registrations will be accepted until the 12 spots are filled.
  • Contestants are encouraged to perform upbeat rather than sad or introspective songs.  Past winners have followed this formula.