Smoky Mountains Songwriting Festival Opens Submissions For Songwriting Competition

Monday, February 4, 2013

The 2013 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, which will be held in Gatlinburg Aug. 15-18, is now accepting entries for the festival's annual Songwriting Competition. Entrants stand to have their songs showcased before a panel of music industry professionals, including publishers, label executives, radio program directors, and award winning songwriters. 

Songs may be entered in six different categories, including Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Gospel/Inspirational, Pop/Rock, and Lyrics Only. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners in each of the five categories. A Grand Prize and Listener’s Choice honor will also be awarded. Finalists will perform their songs in a special showcase performance on Saturday, Aug. 17, and the Grand Prize winner will be chosen.  

The deadline to enter songs is June 15. Interested songwriters are invited to visit www.smswf.com for submission information and competition regulations. 

The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival features hit and emerging songwriters in free performances throughout venues in downtown Gatlinburg for three days. The festival is a way to "Celebrate Our Appalachian Musical Roots."  

For additional information, visit www.smswf.com or contact Cyndy Montgomery Reeves at smswf@hotmail.com.




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