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All styles, All genres, All ages "7 - 77"
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Writer and dancer/talent/artist/band showcases run three days Thursday - Saturday. Award show and trophies Saturday. Industry representatives are present every day. Gated judging by industry executive panel.
Showcases are limited in number. Applicant screening is competitive. Approved applicants are awarded showcases in order received and processed. (First come, first served.)
You may showcase in multiple categories by applying for each category. Each showcase is a 12 or 15 minute slot. Stage is 12 x 16 with lights, PA, snake, DI's, microphones and CD player. You may sing to CD tracks, accompany yourself with your instruments, or bring backup players. Nashville session players and accompanyists and backup bands are available through SSNI.
Overall Classes are Career and Youth/Student (under 18 years of age.) Fields are Artist (singer, instrumentalist); Dancer (all forms); Writer (songwriter, lyricist, composer); and Band (band, choir, combo, duo.) Categories (styles of music) are listed below.
See further details in FAQ - Showcases
> How many songs will I perform?
A minimum of one (1) is required. You will have a 12 - 15 minute showcase, time enough for 3 or 4 average length songs.
> Do I have to perform the songs myself?
Either you or someone you arrange must perform the songs live. We realize many (or most) songwriters are not great singers. This is not a problem.
> I write both gospel and country. Can I do both in my showcase?
You can, however judges score you only on the Category for which you are registered. In other words, if you register for an Writer - Pop showcase and sing gospel, the gospel songs will not count toward your score.
> How is scoring done?
Judges score numerically on a wide spectrum of technical writing, form, and content factors. Performance quality is not a factor as long as the song is performed on key. Individual scores are totalled and averaged to determine winners.
> What time of day is my showcase?
See "PROGRAMME" on the main front page. The final Event Programme is in a password protected area available only to registered contestants and General Admission ticket holders.
> Do all the songs I perform (or have performed) have to be originals written by me?
For Writer Field, yes. No exceptions.
> What about rights? Do I give up any rights showcasing my songs at SSNI?
Career 18 years of age and over
Youth/Student Under 18 years of age
Artist Singer, instrumentalist
Dancer All dance forms
Writer Songwriter, lyricist, composer
Band Band, choir, combo, duo
CATEGORIES (Styles or genres)
All forms of dance. Prepare a 5-minute routine to music. You may use the entire 12 or 15 minute showcase if you like.
All types of Gospel including contemporary gospel, gospel soul, traditional gospel, Southern gospel, R&B gospel, contemporary Christian, bluegrass gospel, Christian rap, and so on.
All types of Pop, including pop, rock, Broadway, AC, and so on.
All types of country, Americana, alt.country, and roots. (Roots includes bluegrass, Western swing, Cajun, country blues, Appalachian, . . .)
Includes all R&B, hiphop, soul, blues, rap, duwop, and so on. [No gangsta rap. The Symposium is a family event.]
Includes all Latin, jazz, instrumental, and worldbeat. (World, folk, Cubano, merengue, salsa, TexMex, Latin pop, Latin rock, Mariachi, norteno, cumbia, African, and so on.)
[Subject to change.]