April 3 - 4, 2020 Singer Songwriter Competition

Deadline for entry is March 6, 2020.

The Don Gibson Singer Songwriter Symposium…

encourages the development of singer songwriters and honors the Shelby native who was a member of the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Don Gibson American Music Foundation and the City of Shelby are proud to present the Don Gibson Singer Songwriter Symposium on April 3 – 4, 2020

Three Finalists will be chosen:
First Place – $1,000
Second Place – $400
Third Place – $200

If you are a songwriter, you won’t want to miss this chance to enter your song and be the next Don Gibson Singer Songwriter Award winner!

The deadline for entry is March 6, 2020.

The Contestants will be judged on:

1.  Composition – Depth, Insight, Cleverness, Creativity – 45%

2.  Vocal Quality  – Pitch, Tone, Projection –  20%

3.  Showmanship  –  Personality, Charisma, Connection with Audience – 15%

4.  Overall Creativity  difficulty – 15%

5.  Audience Response 5%


Our 2018 Winner –  Joshua West

View and Download Official Rules

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Download Official PDF Entry Form

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Upload Your Recorded Song

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