ArtsWells Songwriting Contest

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Island Mountain Arts, the ArtsWells Festival and BC Musician Magazine are pleased to announce a contest to win a scholarship to attend a four-day intensive Pre-Festival Songwriting Workshop, August 1 – 4 with Canadian songwriters, Oh Susanna (Suzie Ungerleider), Don Kerr and Paul Linklater. Along with the scholarship (valued at $499), the winner will be given a solo set at the 14th Annual ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art, August 4 – 7, 2017 and will be featured both in BC Musician Magazine and in an interview on CBC Radio’s province-wide arts and culture program, North by Northwest with Sheryl MacKay.

The contest is open to emerging and professional songwriters who submit entries. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics. Production/Recording quality and vocal ability are not criteria. This is an invaluable opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to nurture their songwriting on all levels while working with their peers and the mentorship of a senior songwriter.

Previous winners include, Richard Garvey (2016 with Dan Bern), Winona Wilde – a.k.a. Noosa Al-Sarraj (2015 with Stephen Fearing & Linda McRae), Dave Stanley Daoust (2014 with Bidiniband), Carolyn Anele (2013 with Fred Penner), Michelle Dumond (2012 with Bidiniband), Nathan Moes (2011 with Dave Bidini), Glenna Garramone (2010 with Ken Whiteley), James Lamb (2009 with David Francey & Craig Werth) and Brandon Scott of Yukon Blonde (2007 with Kevin Kane, Linda McRae & Cara Luft).

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 7, 2017 and the winner will be announced by Monday, May 1, 2017. Applicants are also encouraged to apply to the “Songwriter Workshop Support Program,” offered through FACTOR (, which provides up to $750 towards attending a songwriting workshop, for those artists who have their songs registered with SOCAN.

Running concurrently with the Adult Songwriting Workshop are a Songwriting & Rhythm Day Camp for Ages 6 – 18 with Corwin Fox, Maiya Robbie and Shawn Stephenson. All these artists will also be appearing at the 2017 ArtsWells Festival.

For more information about the contest or any of the programs offered, visit the Island Mountain Arts website at, call 1-800-442-2787, or email For more info on the ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art please visit



This contest is open to all aspiring or proficient songwriters – self-published or unpublished – who are looking for a chance to improve their song writing skills and further hone their craft.


Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics. Production/Recording quality and vocal ability are not criteria.


Email 1 song (MP3 format), along with a typed lyric sheet, your name, address and telephone number to:

The song must be original


All entries must reach Island Mountain Arts no later than midnight on Friday, April 7, 2017.

The winner will be announced by Monday, May 1, 2017.


• Full scholarship (value $499) to attend the four-day intensive Songwriting Workshop in Wells, British Columbia.

• A solo performance spot at the 2017 ArtsWells Festival (, which begins on the last day of the workshop (Friday, August 4) and runs until Monday, August 7, 2017 and includes an artist pass with camping, plus a $250 travel honorarium.

• A profile in BC Musician Magazine

• An interview on CBC Radio’s North by Northwest with Sheryl MacKay.

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