The 2020 Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest is now accepting entries through March 1st. The contest is free and open to unsigned and emerging Oklahoma songwriters with a prize of $500 and the chance to join the lineup of Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café, Oklahoma’s largest songwriter festival, on April 29, 2020.
Three contest finalists will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from the Red Dirt Relief Fund, Jimmy LaFave Trust and other respected members of the music industry. Finalists will travel to Stillwater on April 28th to perform an acoustic version of their song for the judges before a live audience. One winner will be selected to perform the next day as part of the lineup at Bob Childers Gypsy Cafe, and will also receive a $500 cash prize as well as a donation for $500 in his/her name to the Red Dirt Relief Fund.
The Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest highlights the spirit of mentorship and musical discovery that have become hallmarks of the Gypsy Café festival. Previous winners include Ken Pomeroy (2018) and Dallas Parker aka Faux Draco (2019).
Deadline: March 1, 2020
For details and to apply, visit reddirtrelieffund.org.