The second annual Hazel Dickens Song Contest is now open for entries. The contest pays tribute to one of bluegrass music's most beloved songwriters.
From hardscrabble beginnings in West Virginia coal country in 1935, Dickens moved to Baltimore, MD, as a young woman to find factory work and quickly connected with local musicians. She started performing throughout the Baltimore/Washington region and was soon recognized for her singular mountain singing style and her gift with a lyric. Hazel wrote of coal miners, unionization, hard times, feminism and much more. She died in 2011.
The contest category is bluegrass, including gospel. Entry fee is $30 per song and all entries must be received by January 15, 2016. First, second and third-place winners receive cash prizes and will be announced on March 10, 2015. Entry rules, judging and prize information can be found at www.hazeldickenscontest.org.
All proceeds from the Hazel Dickens Song Contest help fund the DC Bluegrass Union. DCBU is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization with a mission to promote bluegrass music in the greater Washington region through education and performance.
- The Hazel Dickens Song Contest is open to those whose primary source of income (50 percent or more) is not derived from songwriting or publishing. Income from performing gigs is not songwriting income.
- All entries must be the original work of contestant and shall not infringe on any copyright or any other rights of any third party. Contestant may enter as many songs as desired.
- Each song submitted must have both instrumentation and lyrics. Lyrics should also be written and recorded in English. Categories: Bluegrass (includes gospel). No instrumentals, please.
For more information, contact Randy Barrett via email or at +1 703-405-6230.