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2020 Young Tradition Contest

We are accepting submissions for the 2020 Young Tradition Contest until April 1st! Refer to the guidelines below before submitting your video. If you have questions, contact Yasi Zeichner (yazbozz@gmail.com) or Mark Sustic (mark.sustic@gmail.com)

Saturday activities include the finals for the Young Tradition Festival Contest, plus guest sets from past winners, held iin Contois Auditorium at City Hall in Burlington, Vermont between 11am and 3pm.

The contest is designed to encourage young musicians and dancers to keep traditions alive and to support their involvement in traditional music and dance.

In addition to cash prizes, the 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 ($1,000, $500 and $250, respectively).

To enter, send an email to Young Tradition Festival 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 2nd, 2020. 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.

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 finals.

On May 2nd, audience members and a panel of judges will add their votes, and prizes are awarded in the evening at the teacher/mentor showcase concert at City Hall.