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2017 Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Contest


Pictured 2015 Susanne Millsaps Performing Singer Songwriter Winner Mindy Dillard.

2016 Finalist!

The 2017 Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Showcase will be held in conjunction with The Utah Arts Festival again this year at the Big Mouth Stage, on Saturday, June 24th. (This event is being presented by: The Intermountain Acoustic Music Association- IAMA).
Come one, come all–it’s the annual Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Showcase.
Previous finalists have called our contest “a complete honor”, “a total blast”, and “the best songwriting contest around.”
We are once again welcoming entries from solo singer-songwriters (sorry, no duos, trios, etc.) performing their own original music. Finalists will be selected by a blind judging panel, with scoring based on vocal ability, instrumental ability, and songwriting. Last year’s winner, Josh Harmon(son of previous 2013 winner – Rob Harmon) from Heber, Utah.
Ten finalists will be selected and invited to compete on Saturday, June 24th between noon and 3:00pm at the Big Mouth Stage in conjunction with Utah Arts Festival.
A panel of experienced judges will be situated in the audience and will select our winners. Their judging criteria will be the same as for the initial round, plus the added element of performance quality. All performances must be solo. You must use an acoustic instrument. Instruments will be limited to what you can carry on stage and no piano will be provided.
Utah Arts Festival admission for finalists will be complimentary. You will receive information on how to enter the Arts Festival once selected. The first-place winner will have the opportunity to perform a 20-minute set on one of the Arts Festival’s many stages (to be announced), as an opener to the Mitch Barrett Trio.
There will be cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place winners. Once again, we are asking for electronic submissions only via a special email address. Prior to submitting your electronic MP3 files, you will be required to submit your payment via our Eventbrite link. Once you’ve paid and confirmed your entry, you can send us your MP3 files with proof of your Eventbrite confirmation and payment. All entries will then be organized for pre-judging.
Instructions as follows:
1. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY AND PRE PAYMENT OF $40.00 IS: Sunday, MAY 7th, 2017.
2. PRE PAYMENT REQUIRED VIA EVENTBRITE LINK ONLY: Please visit and submit payment via the Eventbrite link provided for the contest.
3. ONCE PAYMENT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED AND CONFIRMED, please email your 2 original songs as MP3 files only (no videos) to: [email protected] along with confirmation of your payment via Eventbrite.
A single entry is 2 songs (written or co-written by you) that showcases your solo sound.
Payment of $40.00 via the Eventbrite link will be required in order for each pair of 2 songs to be included for pre-judging.
Multiple entries of 2 songs are OK, but a fee of $40.00 per entry is required.
If you have questions about entering, please email [email protected] or contact Ruthie Naccarato at 801-870-0487. Finalists will be announced and notified by Friday, May 26th, 2017. You will have approximately one month to make arrangements to be present at the showcase on Saturday, June 24th. Please also consider participating in the 9th Annual IAMA Songwriter Academy workshop series, which is being held at the Salt Lake Public Library on Saturday morning.
Registration will be opening soon for the IAMA Songwriter Academy. Stay tuned for details and please pass the word along to anyone who might be interested in submitting songs for the contest.

Most sincerely, Ruthie Naccarato

March Local Concert Series



Friday evening March 3rd the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association will celebrate St. Patrick’s day a little early with two outstanding Celtic groups making an appearance.  Shanahy and Callanish will bring some green to the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society.

Pictured above Callanish


We will also be hosting our popular Jamming 101 class just before the concert at 6 PM.  The concert is $7.00 for IAMA members/$12.00 for non-members.  The class is FREE!

January Local Concert Series


Pictured at top Mindy Dillard and above Elizabeth Hareza


The Local Concert Series swings into 2017 with our yearly Songwriters in the Round showcase.  Mindy Dillard, Elizabeth Hareza, Scott Rogers & Alicia Stockman will be performing some original songs from their repertoire.  This is certainly a highlight of the concert season.

Friday January 6th.  7:30 PM at The South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society.  6876 South Highland Drive.  IAMA members are $7.00 , non-members $12.00.  Coolers welcome!

A special FREE Acoustic 101 workshop will take place at 6:00 pm just before the concert.  Peter and Mary Danzig will be talking about song writing collaboration.  Check this class out from some accomplished professionals.


2017 Utah State Instrument Championships and Fundraiser

Pictured:  Peter Danzig playing the Martin 12 string guitar generously donated by the estate of Tom Florence, to be auctioned off at the USIC fundraiser concert on 2/25.

The 2017 Utah State Instrument Championships will take place on June 3 & 4 in conjunction with the Ogden Music Festival at Ft. Buenaventura State Park in downtown Ogden.

Registration is now available at

A special fundraiser will take place on Saturday February 25th in Salt Lake City at The South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society.  The Rail Jumpers, Pixie & The Partygrass Boys, and Moriah Ozberkmen will be performing. Tickets are $15.00 for this fun night of music.  The link to buy tickets is available below.

A very special drawing will take place during the fundraiser.  A mandolin donated by the very talented luthier Sterling Snyder, several handcrafted native American Flutes by Bill Hughes will be available.

There will also be a silent auction for several guitars donated by the estate of John Florence. These guitars will be available to play and inspect at the fundraiser.  A description of the four guitars is provided below.  There will be bid sheets available with a minimum reserve for each instrument.  The bidding will take place from 2/25/17 until 3/5/17 at midnight. Each guitar is provided with a storage case.

Martin OM 28V Vintage Series

Serial # 1191472

This beautiful Martin features the orchestra model body, stylish herringbone purfling, zipper backstrip, slotted diamond inlay on the fretboard, and vintage style open geared tuners. The guitar is equipped with a dual sours under saddle and microphone B-Band pickup. There is an expertly repaired crack on the lower face of the guitar from the a string pin to the tailbone.

Martin HD 28 Sesquicentennial Edition (1833-1983)

Serial # 442436

This guitar was crafted to celebrate Martin’s sesquicentennial year. The guitar features Martin’s powerful dreadnought body, herringbone purfling and zipper backstrip. The guitar is in excellent condition and ready for someone who love’s Martin’s legacy and sound to take home!

Martin D12 28

Serial # 830071 (2001)

This guitar is in excellent condition. 12 strings give the already powerful dreadnought style body a full and beautiful sound.


Goya G-10

Serial # 386617

This Swedish made Nylon String guitar has been well seasoned and broken in for a full and rich tone. As you might expect for a guitar made in 1959 and well loved and played through the years since then it has some wear and tear but all issues have been fully repaired and the guitar is ready for another half century of love and music.

A huge thanks from the IAMA to these special benefactors who are committed to making the Utah State Championships the best instrument contest in the country!


Saturday June 3    8:00 AM Flat Pick Guitar Championships  Novice & Open Divisions.

Mandolin Championships  Novice & Open Division.  Directly following the Flat Pick Guitar Championships.

Fingerstyle Guitar  Open Division Directly following the Mandolin Championships.

Sunday  June 4   8:00 AM

Banjo  Novice & Open Division

Bluegrass Fiddle  Novice & Open Division  Directly following the Banjo Championships.


December Local Concert Series

Come celebrate the holidays IAMA style with a great concert on Friday night December 2nd.  Bronwen Beecher, “The Fiddle Preacher”, will be performing songs off of her new much acclaimed CD  The Nathan Spenser Revue will be spinning some great classic Americana tunes along with some fun originals.  7:30 show at the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, located at 6876 South Highland Drive in Cottonwood Heights.  $7.00 for IAMA members and $12.00 for non members.  Coolers welcome.

November Local Concert Series

The Local Concert Series continues on Friday night November 4th, featuring national touring singer/songwriter Julian Moon and the Celtic Jazz band Synkofa.  The show starts at 7:30 and coolers are welcome.  Tickets are general admission at the door.  $7.00 IAMA members and $12.00 non-members.  Kids 12 and under are Free.

South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society  6876 South Highland Drive.

Pictured Julian Moon

November Local Concert Series

The Local Concert Series continues on Friday night November 4th, featuring the fabulous singer/songwriter Julian Moon and the Celtic Jazz band Synkofa.  The show starts at 7:30 and coolers are welcome.  Tickets are general admission at the door.  $7.00 IAMA members and $12.00 non-members.  Kids 12 and under are Free.

South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society  6876 South Highland Drive.

Pictured Synkofa

Jamming 101 Workshop FREE!

If you ever wanted to “Jam” with your friends this is the workshop for you.  A fun, informative class to help you break in to your favorite Jam circle.  Bring an instrument and join in the fun.  This class will talk about Jamming etiquette and will feature a couple of songs to help you get started.


Marilyn and Chuck Dillard will conduct the workshop.

Friday October 7th,  just before the Local Concert Series at 6:00PM.

SVUUS  — 6876 South Highland Drive