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LEAF and NewSong Music Bring Back Annual LEAF Singer-Songwriter Showcase and Competition

March 4th, 2022


March 4, 2022 (Asheville, NC) –  After a year-long hiatus, musicians across the country are once again being invited to submit their songs for the 8th annual LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition, presented by NewSong Music. This year is a true celebration of songwriters’ resilience, as last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic. 


The performance showcase and competition is a collaborative effort between NewSong Music and LEAF Community Arts. It aims to identify and recognize exceptional performers and songwriters from across the country. Eight finalists will be invited to perform, network and compete at the Spring LEAF Retreat, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The winner of the LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition, selected from a panel of music industry judges, will earn a spot as one of only eight finalists at the annual International NewSong Competition, held in Asheville in the fall. The winner will also return to the Fall LEAF Festival, held October 20-23, 2022, as a featured, paid performer.


“We’re beyond thrilled to bring back this opportunity to recognize talented musicians and bring new voices to a bigger stage,” NewSong co-founder Gar Ragland said. “It’s much bigger than a competition, it’s a celebration of one of humanity’s oldest art forms, something that helps us all process and understand the world around us.” 


The deadline to submit entries is April 3. Finalists are expected to be announced April 11. 


Submission Details and Application Here


About LEAF Community Arts

LEAF Community Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to connect cultures and create community through music and arts. LEAF is comprised of two key cultural arts education programs, LEAF Schools & Streets and LEAF International, as well as two signature events, LEAF Festival and LEAF Downtown.  Attendance at LEAF Festival provides a family-friendly weekend experience infused with music and arts while supporting the long-term vision of the organization. Since 1995, LEAF has served over 200,000+ youth with programs in over 15 community locations and in 10 countries worldwide.  Learn more at