SLAM style composition competition for cash prize!

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  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 Student

Event Details

The Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM is a unique opportunity for composer/performer teams to premiere new art songs and compete for cash prizes. This social event will be emceed by the eminent and beloved composer/performer team, William Bolcom and Joan Morris, and will take place at the Kerrytown Concert House on Tuesday, November 28th at 8:00pm.

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:

$1,000 for first place, $600 for second place and $400 for third place*

Information about the performance & premieres:
- Tuesday, November 28 at 8:00 pm at the Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI.
- Tickets: $5 for students with ID, $10 general admission.
- Teams are encouraged to bring their friends, as all prizes will be awarded by audience vote!

1) Registration is $10 and opens on September 15th at 6pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

2) Performance slots will be given to the first 10 applicants to apply; there will also be 5 alternate slots in the event of cancellations.

3) Original compositions presented at Ann Arbor's 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) Scores for songSLAM must be completed and submitted by no later than November 1, 2017.

(*Further prizes may be granted at the discretion of the Co-Artistic Directors of Sparks & Wiry Cries, including but not limited to: professional recording for use by the composer and performers, and online publication and sales of winning songs, hosted through Sparks & Wiry Cries’ website.)