Oak Ridge has been selected to host a qualifying round in February for Tennessee Songwriters Week, and applications are now open for the competition.
It’s the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development’s fourth annual Tennessee Songwriters Week. The Knoxville area’s qualifying round will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, at Oakey’s Sports Bar in Oak Ridge.
“The Tennessee Department of Tourism Development created this week to celebrate the foundation of the craft for which Tennessee is known: music,” a press release said. “Oak Ridge was among 30 locations statewide selected as a qualifying round host.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development as we host a 2022 Tennesseee Songwriter’s Week qualifying round at our signature Oakey’s Sports Bar,” said Katy Watt, president of Explore Oak Ridge. “Positioned perfectly in a valley along Knoxville’s trending city scene and the Great Smoky Mountains, Oak Ridge is the ideal destination for a musical experience unlike any other.”
The event will feature eligible songwriters performing their original pieces for a panel of locally selected judges from the songwriting community in and around Tennessee, the press release said. Songwriters will be judged based on their overall performance, originality, and connection to the audience.
Winners of Oak Ridge’s qualifying rounds will be among 120 songwriters to advance to showcase events across Tennessee. Six showcase finalists will earn prizes, including performing an original piece at the historic Bluebird Cafe, a one-year-membership to Nashville Songwriters Association International and a branded commemorative guitar.
Songwriters can apply to compete in Oak Ridge’s 2022 Tennessee Songwriters Week qualifying round on the Explore Oak Ridge website at https://exploreoakridge.com/songwriters-week/. Applications are being accepted now through 5 p.m. February 8.
For more information and to check your eligibility, visit the Explore Oak Ridge website.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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