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19 March 2020

2020 Young Tradition Contest

The 2020 Young Tradition Festival has been cancelled.  However the annual contest will continue in an on-line format.

In late April and early May, Young Tradition Vermont brings together young people involved in traditional music and dance, and those who support and are interested in what they do, in an effort to share with the community young trad singers, players and dancers and what they bring to the world.  Young folks are a major focus, supported by teachers, mentors, friends and families.  Young people use what inspires them, what they learn, and performances to be inspired by and to inspire others.

For more information contact Young Tradition Festival Manager Yasi Zeichner at or Young Tradition Vermont Executive Director Mark Sustic at

2020 Young Tradition Contest

We are accepting submissions for the 2020 Young Tradition Contest until April 15th. Refer to the guidelines below before submitting. If you have any questions, contact Yasi or Mark.

Contest Details

For 2020, the Young Tradition Festival Contest will be an online format only.  The contest is designed to encourage young musicians and dancers to perform and 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 way connect with other young people with similar interests, mentors and teachers, and has opened doors for many to other performance opportunities. We award the top three acts a cash prize ($1000, $500 and $250, respectively).  Send an email to Young Tradition Festival manager Yasi Zeichner and  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. On May 2nd prizes will be announced at the same time that the Young Tradition Touring Group violin raffle is announced.