Competitions 2019-04-05T17:58:25+00:00

Songwriting Competition

CT Folk invites singer-songwriters to enter at least two of their compositions in the 2019 Grassy Hill Song Competition.

Five finalists will perform two of their submitted songs at the Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo on September 7th in New Haven before a panel of judges. The winner will receive $150 and will be awarded a slot in the 2019 Festival lineup. Judges are music industry professionals and DJs.

The Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo is a free outdoor event in New Haven’s Edgerton Park with a main stage, a contra dance, activities for children, and at least 75 “Green Living” exhibitors, educators, and vendors. Musicians perform, rain or shine, from 11 AM through 10 PM.

Fees: $25 for the first two songs (minimum requirement) and $20 per each additional song (optional). Competitors may enter an unlimited number of songs. Competitors must use the Wufoo website to enter.

Additional Information

  • Solo or duo singer-songwriters may enter the competition.
  • Songwriters retain all rights to the songs that they have submitted to the competition.
  • Each entered song should not exceed 4 minutes in duration, including introduction.
  • Songs will be judged on quality of songwriting. Professional recordings are not required.
  • CT Folk board members, staff, and members of their families are not eligible for the competition.
  • The deadline for entering the competition is March 31, 2019. Finalists will be notified by April 30th.

Finalists Information

  • Finalists must perform (only) two of their submitted songs on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at the event in New Haven, Connecticut, and are responsible for their own travel and lodging.
  • Professional sound and sound engineer will be provided. No backline will be provided.
  • Solo performers may bring one backup musician for the competition performance.
  • Performers must provide the judges with a hard copy of lyrics on the day of the festival.

CT Folk is no longer accepting submission for the 2019 Songwriting Competition

Congratulations to Susan Cattaneo —Winner of the 2018 Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition!

CT Folk also thanks this year’s other Finalists:

Michael Laureanno
Mike P. Ryan

Carolann Solebello
Belle of the Fall