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2017 Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Contest


Pictured 2016 Susanne Millsaps Performing Singer Songwriter finalist.

The finals of the 2017 Susanne Millsaps Performing Singer Songwriter Showcase will take place on Saturday June 24th, at The Utah Arts Festival Big Mouth Stage.  Many thanks to all of the very talented Songwriters who entered this years Susanne Millsaps Performing Singer Songwriter Showcase. The finalist for this years competition in alphabetical order: Bob Cantonwine, Jane Fallon, Jen Hajj, Dave McCormick, Bill McGinnis, Molly McGinnis, Rex Seabury, Alicia Stockman, Kray Van Kirk, Eric Wagner.



2017 Utah State Instrument Championships

Pictured:  Matthew Seabury,  2014  fingerstyle guitar champion.

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

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.

For questions please contact event coordinator Mary Danzig  at [email protected]


2016 Susanne Millsaps Performing Singer Songwriter Showcase

The 2016 Susanne Millsaps Performing Singer Songwriter Showcase Finals were held at The Utah Arts Festival on Saturday June 25th.  The finalist pictured L-R were Amber Ikeman (3rd Place), David Lane, Josh Harmon (1st Place), Dan Weber, Alicia Stockman, Roy Matthews, Jim Fish, J.T. Draper, Paul Fritzler, Michael Henchman, Eric Warner (2nd Place).

Congratulations to all the 2016 finalist and contestants!!

Josh Harmon, our first place finisher received a RainSong carbon fiber guitar listed at $2700.00, plus opened Sunday night on the headliner festival stage.

2016 Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Showcase


The 2016 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 25th.  (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 it “a complete honor”, “a total blast”, and “the best songwriting contest around.”  We’re 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 was Mindy Dillard from Berkeley, California.
  The top ten finalists selected will compete on Saturday, June 25th between noon and 3:00 PM. at the 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 and 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 on Saturday.  Finalists will receive information on how to get into the Arts Festival grounds upon selection.  The first-place winner this year will have the opportunity to open for a Festival headliner on the UAF’s Festival Stage later in the day! The Winner will also receive a RainSong composite guitar. There will be cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd Place winners as well.  An electronic instrument input is allowed, and instrument mic’s will be available.
   This year, we are accepting electronic submissions only via our [email protected] 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 Paypal confirmation and payment.  All entries will then be organized for pre-judging.  Please remove all metadata from your submission, since we utilize blind judging.  Instructions as follows:
1.            DEADLINE FOR ENTRY AND PRE PAYMENT OF $40.00 IS: Sunday, MAY 1st!
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 Paypal
   An “entry consists of 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 each are OK, but a fee of $40.00 per entry is required.  If you have questions about entering, please email  [email protected]  or call contact Guy Benson [email protected]
  Finalists will be announced and notified by Tuesday, May 24th.   You will have approximately 4 weeks to make arrangements to be at the showcase on June 25th.
2015 Finalist Pictured L-R  Michael Henchman, Dan Weber, Rex Seabury, Mindy Dillard, Paul Fritzler, Michelle Moonshine, Roy Matthews, Jen Hajj, J.T. Draper, Marv Hamilton.
 Register for 2016 below: