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Duo Beth // James performing at the 2023 NewSong Music Competition at Citizen Vinyl, June 4th, 2024

Submissions are open for the 2024 NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition

NewSong Music is now accepting original song entries for its 23rd annual Performance and Songwriting Competition, presented by Citizen Vinyl. The program’s curated showcases have been a fixture in the national music scene since 2001. The competition finals, formerly staged in New York City at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, relocated to Asheville, N.C. in 2017.


Eight finalists, selected from advance online submissions from across North America and beyond, will bring their musical magic to Asheville where they will perform, compete, and connect with one another. A panel of music industry judges will select one grand prize winner to  receive a fully funded six-song EP, recorded and mixed at Citizen Studios, plus 300 vinyl records pressed at Citizen Vinyl, and a featured, paid performance at Arts Brookfield’s Summer Concert Series in New York City in the summer of 2025.

Past NewSong winners and standouts include Ingrid Michaelson, Grace Potter, Crys Matthews, Jobi Riccio, and Slow Runner. The 2023 Grand Prize Winner was Natalie Price.

Discounted ‘Early Bird’ entries are now open (1 song: $45; 2 songs: $80; additional songs: $30 each). Entry prices increase after Sunday, June 30, with the final deadline for submissions on Sunday, September 8, 2024 at 11:59 PM PST. To submit your original music, visit This year’s eight finalists are scheduled to be announced on Facebook, Instagram, our website blog, and newsletter on Friday, Oct. 4, 2024.


Mark your calendar for the 2024 NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition finale, which will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2024, at Citizen Vinyl in downtown Asheville.

For up-to-date information on the 2024 NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition, visit To learn more about Citizen Vinyl, visit

For media inquiries or questions about contest entry, contact Alli Marshall (


NewSong Music is an independent music organization that aims to build a supportive community of performers and songwriters across various genres of music and skill levels, while identifying truly exceptional artists and introducing their music to a broader international audience.


Citizen Vinyl was established by NewSong Music director and co-founder Gar Ragland. It opened October 2020 as Asheville’s first vinyl manufacturing facility. Citizen Vinyl boasts a variety of amenities including full-scale recording studio Citizen Studios, a vinyl-themed craft cocktail and coffee lounge, a record and art store, and more.


Citizen Studios is a classic space for timeless sounds; the modern analog rebirth of the historic WWNC radio station studios. The newly renovated space now consists of a large control room and a communal multipurpose room for recording, rehearsing and events. The studio is available for recording artists, engineers, producers and private functions.