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Emerging Songwriter Contest

Tank Recording Studios + Venetian Soda Lounge

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Attention Vermont singer songwriters, musicians and music lovers! We're giving away 3 amazing prizes to a lucky 3 emerging Vermont musicians! If you think you have what it takes to be the next big hit signup for a slot below! 


A full day of recording, mixing and mastering at Tank Recording Studios


A paid show at the Venetian Soda Lounge


$100 Gift card to Music and Arts

Competition Dates:

Semifinals Week 1: January 16, 2024

Semifinals Week 2: January 23, 2024

Semifinals Week 3: January 30, 2024

Semifinals Week 4: February 6, 2024

Semifinals Week 5: February 13, 2024

Semifinals Week 6: February 20, 2024

Finals: March 5, 2024 

Contest Rules:

  • Duration: 6-week semifinals, followed by a 7th-week final.

  • Participants:Total 12 contestants per week. 

  • Performances: 2 songs or up to a 15-minute set.

  • Eligible Acts: Songwriters, duos, and solos.

Performance Guidelines


  • No amplifiers or pre-recorded tracks allowed.

Stage Setup: 

  • Equipped with 2 microphones, 2 direct boxes, and 1 baby grand piano.



  • 3 guest judges per week.

  • Judges may perform a song at the start of the show but cannot compete in the contest.

Selection Process: 

  • 8 pre-sign-up spots.

  • 4 on-call spots available on the day of the show.

  • The order of performances drawn on the day; must be present when called or face disqualification.

  • Contestants can sign up for one semifinal spot only.

Weekly Contest Progression: 

  • 2 winners each week advance to the finals, plus 1 alternate in case of dropouts.

  • Final Round on week 7

  • Participants: 12 finalists from the semifinals.

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