Contests 2014 Contests 2013 Winners

The FreshGrass Award celebrates and rewards fresh takes on the tradition of bluegrass music. If you have a band – and an original song that is deeply informed by bluegrass, even as it tests boundaries – we want to hear it. Submit your work for the 2014 contest by filling out the application form below (but please read the fine print first).

A distinguished panel of jurists – great musicians and industry leaders – will invite 5 finalists selected from the pool of original entries to participate in a live competition at FreshGrass. The winner – selected on the basis of compositional originality, instrumental and vocal skills, and stage presence – will take home a grand prize cash award of $5,000, the opportunity to perform at the following year’s FreshGrass festival, and a recording session at Compass Records. Find the details below.

FIRST PRIZE: $5,000 CASH + $1,000 RECORDING SESSION + FRESHGRASS PERFORMANCE + BRAGGING RIGHTS

The first prize includes $5,000 and the opportunity to appear on-stage at FreshGrass 2015.

The First Prize winner will be invited to a one-day recording session at Compass Records, Nashville, Tennessee (an approximate value of $1,000, including studio time, engineering, and production/mentoring from Compass Records’ Alison Brown). The band must provide its own lodging and transportation to and from Nashville, and the date must be scheduled in advance with Compass. Additional recording time at Compass Records, if desired, will be offered at a specially discounted FreshGrass rate, subject to studio time availability at Compass.

SECOND PRIZE: $2,000 CASH

THIRD PRIZE: $1,000 CASH

HONORARIUMS: $250 PER BAND

Honorariums for the three semi-finalists: $250 per band (must appear at FreshGrass to collect the prizes.