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Songwriting  Competition

First Prize: $200

Second Prize: $100

Third Prize: $50

Performance of the winning song

The winning song will be arranged for chorus and band by award-winning conductor/arranger/songwriter Chris Eastburn and performed by the Family Folk Chorale, a multigenerational chorus, ages 3-80, on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Our spring concert, which marks our 20th anniversary, will celebrate the music of Martin Sexton. We are very honored that Martin Sexton will be joining us in person to perform at Cary Hall, a 750-seat theater in Lexington, MA.

What does a winning song look like?

  • First and foremost, we are looking for a well-crafted song, lyrically and musically.

  • It could be upbeat or a ballad, in a style of your choice – rock, pop, folk, bluegrass, country.

  • It needs at least a refrain melody that is satisfying to sing as a group (will be harmonized in the choral arrangement), and lyrics and theme appropriate for a multi-generational chorus.

  • To give you an idea of songs we love to sing, listen to "Gentle Arms of Eden" by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar, "Swimming to the Other Side" by Pat Humphries, "Paradise" by John Prine, and "Potato" by Cheryl Wheeler.



Submissions must be made by December 18th, 2019

Winners will be notified by January 15th, 2020

Winning song will be performed March 29th, 2020



Open to amateurs and professionals
Under 18 must include parental permission

Detailed Rules & Regulations Here

You retain the rights to your song. Your submission releases FFC from product and all other liability and allows the use of all submitted information for contest promotional purposes.

Feel free to contact us at with questions

Submit Your Song
8th Annual Songwriting Competition Information
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