SolarFest 2017 Showcase Finalists

Ten talented singer-songwriters will earn a spot on the Arkell stage as part of our annual Songwriter Showcase competition. The top performer will be invited back to perform as a featured musician at SolarFest in 2018.

The SolarFest Sunrise Celebration will begin on Friday afternoon, July 21 and run through Sunday afternoon, July 23. Finalists in the Songwriter Showcase will perform on the Arkell Stage on Saturday, the 22nd. Last year’s winner was Louise Morsie of Nashville, Tennessee. Past competitors have included Antje Duvekot, Ray LaMontagne, Gregory Douglass, and Jeffrey Foucault. Our panel of judges is drawn from professional musicians, public radio show hosts, and music columnists.


Lara Herscovitch, winner of the 2011 Singer-Songwriter Showcase says: SolarFest is a terrific, unique festival, set in an absolutely gorgeous landscape. It has such a great spirit and energy (no pun intended); I find such inspiration both from the music side as well as the green energy and environmental protection vision. It is an honor to play there and to have been selected out of such a talented group of singer-songwriters.”

Singer-Songwriter Entry

Simply download the entry form here: SolarFest’17 Singer Entry Form – complete the fill-able Word document, saving it with your name – and email it to, Attn: Singer-Songwriters. Include your music by either providing links to the songs on the form OR by attaching MP3 files of the submitted songs to your email.

Entrance Fees
Musicians can submit a minimum of two songs and a maximum of four. The entry fee is $10 per song. Payment can be made via PayPay, by using the button below, or by mailing your check to SolarFest, P.O. Box 900, North Bennington, VT 05257.

Number of Songs

Showcase Competition Prizes

  • 1st Place: SolarFest 2018 Featured SolarFest Performance plus $300 cash prize
  • 2nd Place: $200 cash prize
  • 3rd Place:  $200 cash prize

Winners of SolarFest’s Singer Songwriter Showcase

2017 Singer-Songwriter Showcase Competition Rules

The competition is open to all artists who write and perform original music and who are not currently signed to a major recording label. Musicians submit a minimum of two songs and a maximum of four. The entry fee is $10 per song.
Submissions close on May 15, 2017. Finalists will be notified of the results by June 15th.

Entrants and finalists are evaluated on the quality of their material, from the lyrics and vocal skills to the song structure and instrumental arrangement. Though initial submissions may feature accompanying musicians, the ten selected finalists must perform solo and accompany themselves on stage.

Submission Format
Production quality is not critical, but live-show recordings should strive to have a minimum of crowd noise. Songwriters are responsible for ensuring the quality and integrity of their digital files. All submissions are due by May 15, 2017. Though not required, a short biographical note is helpful. Supporting materials such as press kits will not be returned.

Ten finalists will be chosen for the Singer-Songwriter Showcase and will be notified June 15,, 2017. Only finalists will be notified. Check our website after June 15, 2017, for a list of finalists.

Singer-Songwriter Showcase Competition Performances
The ten finalists will each play two original songs on the Arkell Stage on July 22nd as part of SolarFest 2017. All finalists will receive two complimentary weekend SolarFest passes, including free camping.

Judging Criteria
Judges at each stage of the competition will consider the following qualities:

  • Composition (both music and lyrics)
  • Vocal Ability
  • Instrumental Technique
  • Overall Performance

The following guidelines apply to the Finalist performances:

  • Acoustic instruments with pickups are permitted, including basic EQ, but no effects are allowed.
  • Instruments allowed are those that can be carried out on stage with the performer.
  • Keyboards WILL be allowed, but only in piano mode (no synthesizer/effects).
  • No backup musicians are allowed. This is a solo competition.
  • Recommended time limit: 5 minutes per song. Points will be deducted for significantly exceeding this limit.

Our final judges include representatives from various parts of the music industry, such as media reviewers, producers, program hosts, booking agents, and fellow musicians. This provides all of our finalists with a chance to make a positive impression on listeners who are well positioned to help further their careers.

Need more info now?
Email us at:, Attn: Singer-Songwriters or call: 802 688 5011