Ballot is open for 1st round: BALLOT

Voting is open until Saturday 2/27 6pm. Winners announced at 8pm on Facebook liive

16 contestants will progress to the next round: 8 by People's choice ad 8 by Judge's choice.

These 16 Contestants will have until March 8 to submit a new video for voting from March 11-13

8 contestants will then proceed as finalists. They are offered the opportunity to record their final video

in the Soundcorps studio between March 14 - 20 with voting from March 25-27.

March 27 8pm 4 winners announced.

How it works:

Artists upload a portfolio with a link to a video of their performance of their original song.

There are rules about the portfolio and video content so please follow rules.

Detailed rules here: RULES.


Entry fee: $10- Contribution to the prize pool.


Awards: 100% of the entry fees will be placed into the prize pool which is divided among the winners:

Judged awards: 1st place 30% 2nd place 20%

People’s awards: 1st place 30%, 2nd place 20%

Plus gifts awarded by sponsors which increase as new sponsors enroll

Elimination Rounds: Each round determined by both judges and audience vote

1st elimination: 16 Contestants advance to 2nd round

2nd elimination: 8 Contestants advance to finals

Finals: 2 winners are selected by judges, 2 winners by people’s choice


Artist Sponsor Partnerships: $25- (not included in prize pool)

Each Contestant may partner with a sponsoring business or organization which

is promoted in the video and the Contestant profile. Videos which promote

unregistered brands, logos, or advertisements will not be permitted.


Songwriters Stage 2021 Schedule:

January 1, Open Entry

February 20, midnight, entries closed

February 25, 6am voting open

February 27, 6pm voting closed,

            8pm1st round winners announced (16 contestants advance)


February 28, 2nd round contestants may upload new videos

March 6, midnight 2nd round video deadline

March 11, 6am voting open

March 13, 6pm voting closed,

            8pm 2nd round winners announced (8 contestants advance)


March 14, finalists may upload final videos

March 20, midnight deadline for final video submission

March 25, 6am voting open

March 27, 6pm voting closed

            8pm Final 4 winners announced


People’s choice: link to online ballot is posted during specified time.

Judge’s criteria:

This is a singer-songwriter contest, not a video contest. The Contestant may enter a studio produced video or a phone video recorded in their bathroom. Video quality is not being judged. Judges will be looking at:

            + one person singing their own song,

            + playing their own instrument,

            + presented with excellent stage presence.

That is the tradition of the solo singer songwriter, and what the judges will reward.

Judges Rubric: 60 points possible

A- Lyrics: story, meaningful, emotional impact, 0-10 points

B- Instrumental quality 0-10 points

C- Lyrics and music combined; 0-10 points

D- Vocal delivery; 0-10 points

E- Stage presence, performance 0- 10 points

F- Judge preference, subjective undefinable abstract quality 0-10 points

Songwriters Stage 2021


Current Awards Pool: $450-!

1st place Judges and Peoples 30% each

2nd place Judges and Peoples 20% each

Mountain Music award

$50- credit to both 1st place winners!

 WUTC radio interview with

Richard Winham*

Updated 2/21/2021

* subject to schedule availability