songSLAM 2017

Registration for the Minneapolis songSLAM is full and closed!  

Join us on January 11th at ICEHOUSE MPLS @ 8pm!

2017-2018 songSLAMs 

Tuesday, November 14th 8:30pm @ HERE Theater
145 Sixth Ave, New York, NY 10013

Hosted by Tom Cipullo

Registration is now closed and tickets can soon be bought 

@SOHO's HERE theater


Tuesday, November 28th 8pm 
@ Kerrytown Concert House
415 N. 4th Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Hosted by William Bolcom & Joan Morris

Registration  is now closed - but tickets for the show can be bought at the 

Kerrytown concert House here


January 11th 2018 8pm
 Presented by Source Song Festival @ ICEHOUSE MPLS
2528 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis MN, 55404 

Registration december 1st, 6pm

Hosted by Composer/performer Chris Koza

NOTE: Prizes in Minneapolis: 

1st place: $500 | 2nd Place: $300 | 3rd place $100

The Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM is a unique opportunity for emerging classical music composer/performer teams to premiere new art songs and compete for cash prizes.  In each city, teams will present a new song of no more than 5 minutes for voice and piano in any language for the voting audience, who—in the poetry slam tradition—will then vote on their favorites and award up up to $2,000 in prize money. Teams are encouraged to bring their friends, as all prizes will be awarded by audience vote!

$1000 first place | $600 second place | $400 third place*

(prize amounts will vary in Minneapolis -see above for details) 


1) Registration is $10 and participants are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.  Even if you do not enter in time to compete, your small $10 registration fee supports our hard working staff, and is an essential part of how a non-profit works!  We are grateful to you for being a part of the song, and your team will be credited in a thank you on our about page. 

2) For each city, performance slots will be given to the first 10 applicants to apply; there will also be 5 alternate slots in the event of cancellations.

3) Original compositions presented during the 2017-2018 season songSLAMs must:
- be composed for voice and piano
- feature texts that are in the public domain or have written and signed permission from the author/trust
     - receive their world premiere at our event.

4) Songs should be no more than 5 minutes in length.

5) A composer can only submit ONE song for the event. Performers can only perform in ONE song for the event. 

6) Texts may be in any language.

7) There is no age limit for those who wish to apply.

8) Composer must be present during the premiere event.

9) Scores for songSLAM must be completed and submitted by the due date posted for each event city.

Prize money is as follows: $1,000 for first place, $600 for second place and $400 for third place and will be awarded by the audience.*

(*Further prizes may be granted at the discretion of the Co-Artistic Directors of Sparks & Wiry Cries, including but not limited to: professional recording for use by the composer and performers, and online publication and sales of selected songs, hosted through Sparks & Wiry Cries’ website.)

More details for each event will be available soon.

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