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Youth talent competition information

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The purpose of the Youth Talent Competition is to encourage a new generation of Americana roots musicians by offering performance opportunities and exposure at the festival.

GUIDELINES

Who is eligible. Musicians 18 years old and younger. Bands or vocal groups (maximum of five members per group) and solo acts are eligible.

What to Bring. A maximum performance set of 15 minutes. Songs should be in the Americana roots music tradition — bluegrass, country, blues, gospel or traditional. Only acoustic instruments are permitted — no amplifiers, electronics or drum sets.

Competition will take place on the Old Settler’s Bluebonnet Stage.

ENTRY INFORMATION

Contest Fee. There is no additional fee to register for the contest. Please note that festival ticket rules apply — kids 13 and over are charged the same fee as adults with the exception of youth competition participants. Each participant must be accompanied by a paying adult. All guidelines are subject to change without prior notice.

Entry Limit. The number of contestants will be limited to about 10 (a band or vocal group is considered one contestant). Entries will no longer be accepted after the first 10 qualified applicants and 3 alternates have been selected.

A decision will be made no later than April 1st as to who will perform in the Youth Talent
Contest.

To apply, please fill out our Youth Talent Application below.

PRIZES

A team of professional artists will select three winners — judges’ decisions are final:

First Place: $200, 45-minute showcase spot on the following year’s festival, a 30-minute show on Saturday, professional feedback on contest performance and special mention from the Hill Country stage.

Second Place: $100, professional feedback on contest performance and special mention from the Hill Country Stage.

Third Place: $50, professional feedback on contest performance and special mention from the Hill Country Stage.

Youth Talent Application

Please fill out the form below and send the following information:

OUR 2014 YOUTH TALENT

COMPETITION WINNER

Alexander Nobles

Dillon Havins took 2nd Place 

Andrea Mann and Grace Ward tied for 3rd place.

Thanks to all the contestants 
for another great year.

YOUTH TALENT COMPETITION 
1st PLACE WINNERS

2014

Alexander Nobles

2013
Katy Kirby

2012
Kimberly Zielnicki

2011
Grace London

2010
Minnie & Ella Jordan

2009
Sara Mueller

2008
The Fireants

2007
Emily Elbert

2006
Samantha Miller

2005
Justine Blakely & Charlie Pomroy

2004
Ashlee Rose

2003
Isaac-Bryant Kids

2002
Spurs of the Moment, 
featuring Sarah Jarosz (10 years old)