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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) FOR ARTISTS SIGNING UP FOR HOMEGROWN

You Asked, We Answered

WHO QUALIFIES AS A SONGWRITER FOR THIS EVENT?

For this event, a songwriter is defined as an individual without an existing publishing or recording agreement with a music publishing company. If you fit this criterion, you're eligible to participate in the showcase.

WHAT ARE THE PERFORMANCE GUIDELINES FOR SONGWRITERS?

Each songwriter has a strict time limit of 15 minutes. Your compositions should be your original work and not previously published or recorded under a publishing or recording agreement.

IS THIS SHOWCASE A COMPETITION?

No, Homegrown: Live at the Capitol Theatre does not operate as a competition; it acknowledges that musical talent is subjective and cannot be judged in a fair manner. Each accepted entry into the showcase will receive an honorarium of $200, disbursed within three (3) weeks after the event.

Entries will be divided into two pools:

Pool #1: Friday, February 16th, 2024

Pool #2: Saturday, February 17th, 2024

After each night's performances, an interactive applause session will empower the audience to elevate an act through their cheers, measured by a decibel meter. This engagement will determine the recipient of the Audience Engagement Award for that particular night, who will receive a grand prize of $500. Additionally, each night's award winner will secure a paid opportunity to open for the headliner at Freedom Fest 2024.

DOES PARTICIPATING IN THE SHOWCASE INVOLVE GRANTING PERMISSION FOR THE USE OF MY INFORMATION AND MEDIA?

Yes, entry into the showcase constitutes permission to use your name, likeness, biographical material, and media (such as music, videos, etc.) for advertising and publicity purposes related to the showcase. This usage is without compensation and is solely for promotional purposes.

WHAT MUSICAL STYLES ARE ALLOWED IN THE SHOWCASE?

The showcase welcomes unsigned songwriters in various musical styles and genres, aligning with an ambiance akin to the spirit of MTV Unplugged. Artists should embody the essence of versatility, as the showcase leans towards a setup similar to MTV Unplugged, where performers should adeptly carry, set up, and execute their instruments swiftly. We encourage artists to resonate with this atmosphere, delivering performances that captivate and engage the audience, embracing the intimacy and authenticity reminiscent of unplugged performances.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTESTANTS UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN (18)?

All contestants under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while participating in the showcase. This ensures a safe and supportive environment for our young talents.

IS THERE ANY FEE ASSOCIATED WITH PARTICIPATING IN THE SHOWCASE?

Participating musical performers won't face any performance fees. Please be aware that vendors displaying and selling their creations in the lobby marketplace might incur administrative fees for booth rentals. However, as a token of appreciation for their contribution, all musical performers will receive an honorarium of $200, a commemorative t-shirt, and a poster. These items will be distributed within three (3) weeks after the event.

HOW WILL PERFORMERS BE SELECTED?

Our team will review all applications received by the deadline and curate a diverse lineup of talented performers. The lineup will be gradually revealed, starting January 2024, on the Road to Homegrown Blog and Social Platforms, unveiling the engaging and varied program we've assembled to resonate with our audience.
For any additional inquiries or specific questions not covered here, please contact Hunter Holmes.

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