The Homegrown Songwriting Competition

**Contestants please complete this form to begin your submission and recieve updates on the competition**


The Homegrown Festival’s Songwriting Competition is back in 2014 and better than ever with the help of local singer/songwriter and teacher Spencer Michaud. This year features a live judging panel and competition at The Yellow Barn September 3rd at 7:30pm to determine the winners. This competition is open to local artists interested in competing for a chance to win $100 and a spot on the main stage at the 7th Annual Homegrown Festival on Saturday September 6th! Submissions will be judged by local musicians and teachers—with special consideration given to those that incorporate a theme or message related to one of the many HomeGrown Festival themes including eating good food, celebrating our local food heritage, and supporting a vibrant and thriving local food economy.

The winner will receive a $100 prize and perform on the acoustic stage at 8:45pm before the closing act. The winner will also be invited to perform live on Tree Town Sound hosted by Matthew Altruda on Ann Arbor’s 107One FM after the festival.

Three runners up will win $50 and have the opportunity to perform on the acoustic stage at 7:00pm or 8:30pm and receive special mention on the website and

Submissions are due by Saturday, August 23rd. Qualified submissions will be invited to perform live at the Yellow Barn on Wednesday, September 3rd. Winners will be judged and provided individual feedback during the event. The winners will be announced at the conclusion and invited to perform the following Saturday, September 6th. No submitted materials will be used or otherwise transmitted without the performer’s consent. If you are unable to submit a recording via e-mail or link please ask for an alternative method.

September 6th, 2014 Performance & Prizes

Due to limited time and space at the festival, performers are asked to limit their equipment needs and group members if possible. Submissions for groups larger than two performers will be considered individually based on equipment needs and setup time.

The winner will receive a $100 prize and an opportunity to perform one song on the main stage before the final act at 9:00pm. The next three runner ups will each receive $50 a slot to perform on the acoustic stage at either 7:00pm or 8:30pm.

Submission Guidelines

Please complete this form and include your lyrics and a link to the song. If it is not online, please submit a digital track via e-mail to by the end of the day on August 23rd.

Additional consideration will be given to those that incorporate themes or ideas related to the HomeGrown Food Festival into their song. This includes but is not limited to cooking at home, local food production, farming, gardening, community organizing, vegetables, animals, minerals, etc. Whatever the festival means to you!

All submissions will be reviewed by a volunteer panel of local musicians and teachers. All submissions will be judged by same criteria included but not limited to lyrics, melody, chord structure, harmony and unity. Submissions of different genre’s may be judged with additional criteria and or separated into categories depending on the number and variety of submissions. Inquire for details.

Please include your name, phone number, and a brief description of yourself, your music, and any other pertinent details. Let us know your inspiration.

All entries submitted must be original songs and shall not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Songs may have multiple co-writers, but only one name should be designated on the entry.

More about Rap For Food

Our mission is to support localization, sustainable food systems, and youth gardening through the arts. In addition to building the organization, we are currently working on recruiting more artists to join us in educating youth about sustainability, growing our own food, and community gardening. We are also recruiting volunteers to assist us with outreach at regular events.

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