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Hahira, Georgia, March 25, 2021 —
With online voting for finalists, and judges selecting winners at the Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta, GA, with $300 in cash to the First Prize winner plus one day of recording studio time, the Fourth Annual Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest seeks songs. Submissions open Thursday, April 1, 2021. Yes, no fooling!
“Georgia Beer Co. is back as our top-tier sponsor, which helps
us get these new songs about our rivers, swamps, springs, and
sinks,” said Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman.
Submissions can be songs about any river, stream, spring, sink,
swamp, lake, or pond in the Suwannee River Basin or Estuary (except
not the Santa Fe Basin; that has its own contest).
“There’s always room for a new song about the Suwannee River,
or other rivers in the Basin or Estuary!” said 2018 winner and
2019 headliner Laura D’Alisera, scribe for the WWALS Songwriting
This year we will have online voting on the songs submitted, which
the Committee will take into account when selecting finalists.
Finalists will play at the Contest, 7-10 PM, Saturday, August 21,
2021, and judges will judge at the Turner Center for the Arts, 527
N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31601. There will be food and a cash
bar, as you watch and listen, and you can browse the artworks at the
Turner Center. There will also be a kayak raffle and a silent
auction, as well as a range of buttons, stickers, hats, notecards,
signs, shirts, and posters for sale (this is a fundraiser for WWALS
Submissions open April 1, 2021, Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest, Headliners last year
Photo: John S. Quarterman for WWALS, of Dirty Bird and the Flu,
Headliners at the 2020 Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest.
“We hope that one or more songs will become well-known and
enter the Great American Songbook, at the 2021 Suwannee Riverkeeper
Songwriting Contest!” said Tom H. Johnson, Jr., who is the
Committee Chair and WWALS President.
So you’ll know what you’re supporting, there will be talks about
WWALS advocacy, from water quality testing to opposing pipelines and
mines and plastic water bottles, to promoting water trails and a
Troupville River Camp.
You do not have to be a songwriter to come listen to the finalists.
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