In collaboration with Sparks & Wiry Cries, Source presents songSLAM: a unique opportunity for emerging classical music composer/performer teams to premiere new art songs and compete for cash prizes.

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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 $1,000 in prize money. 
Teams are encouraged to bring their friends, as all prizes will be awarded by audience vote!



  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.