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2019 Young Tradition Contest

Young Tradition Festival

The contest is designed to encourage young musicians and dancers and to support their involvement in traditional music and dance. In addition to cash prizes, winners are provided performance opportunities in the region and linkages that would support continued involvement in traditional music and dance.

It’s a great opportunity to perform, and to meet other young performers. It’s also a great way to get connected to mentors and teachers in the community, and has opened doors for many to other performance opportunities.

We award the top three acts a cash prize ($1000, $500 and $250, respectively). We are accepting submissions for the contest until April 1st.

Send an email to Young Tradition Weekend manager Yasi Zeichner at yazbozz@gmail.com, and to mark.sustic@gmail.com with the following:

  • a video of your performance
  • the names and ages of all the performers
  • a brief biography of yourself or the group (3-4 sentences)

Videos must be at least one minute long and no more than 5 minutes in length. You may send either a video in the email itself, or a link to a video posted online (at a performer website, or YouTube, for example).

All contestants must be at or under the age of 25 on May 4, 2019. The only exception is for groups: If the average age of group members is 25 or younger, half or more of the group is 25 or younger, and no one is over 30, the group qualifies for the contest. Overall 1st place winners from past contests are not eligible to compete, unless they come in a different format (e.g. if they won as a group, they can come as a solo or as part of a different group….. if they won as a solo, they can return as part of a group).

We post videos and biographies on the Young Tradition Vermont website for public viewing. Young Tradition Vermont board members and past winners of the contest vote for up to 10 finalists, who are invited to take part in the contest finals on May 4th. After the finals on May 4th, prizes are awarded at the start of the evening mentor-student showcase concert in Contois Auditorium at City Hall.

The 2018 contest finals, which were held during Kids Day at Waterfront Park in Burlington, can be viewed at this link: http://lcatv.org/young-tradition-contest-2018-2018-05-05 . The video submission of Romy and Ben Munkres, the 2018 contest winners, can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UFrUUSSLB66wyGVr2yM3JB4kibCNl5AE/preview