Contest Rules - Judging Info - Prizes

PRIZES FOR MINNESOTA SINGS 2022

Prizes for 13 to 20 year olds

1st:  $5000 cash plus a recording session complete with producer

 

2nd:  $2000 cash plus a recording session 

 

3rd:  $1000 cash plus a recording session

 

4th:  $500 cash plus Music Gear from Electro-Voice, Gator, and Mackie

 

5th:  Music Gear from Electro-Voice, Gator, and Mackie

Prizes for 21 and older

1st:  $5000 cash plus a recording session complete with producer

 

2nd:  $2000 cash plus a recording session 

 

3rd:  $1000 cash plus a recording session

 

4th:  $500 cash plus Music Gear from Electro-Voice, Gator, and Mackie

 

5th:  Music Gear from Electro-Voice, Gator, and Mackie

In Addition:

The first-place winner in each division gets to present their sponsor (the person or entity that paid their entry fee)  a check for $500.

 

The first-place winner in each division gets to give a  charity of their choice a check for $1000.

 

Recording sessions are complements of The Garage Live Venue and Recording Studio based in Burnsville Minnesota.

ELIGIBILITY 


Youth Division contestants must be at least 13 but no older than 20 years of age ON October 1, 2022. (Contestants must not be younger than 13 or older than 20 on that date, regardless of their age when they qualified at the city level for that division).  Contestants 21 and older will compete in the 21 & older division.


This is an amateur competition, so if more than 25% of your 2021 income came from singing, then we consider you to be a professional and not eligible to compete.
Only individual contestants are eligible, sorry no multiple singers or additional instruments may be used. 


NOTE: Once a contestant has won First Place at Minnesota Sings, he/she is not eligible to compete again.

So, a new First Place winner is chosen every year.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

Judging at the Minnesota Sings Finals will be conducted by a combination of performers, instructors, and members of the music industry. We have provided a sample of the judges scoring sheet.  City Judges' Score Sheet

 

These are the same criteria that should be used at each city sings competition.
Vocalists will be judged based on the criteria listed below and will receive the judge's brief comments immediately following their performance. All judges' decisions are final.  (There will be no comments during the Final Round).

  1. Vocal Skills: Includes pitch, breath control, dynamics, phrasing, enunciation, and tone.

  2. Presentation Skills:  Includes eye contact, body expression, facial expression, attire, and microphone technique.

  3. Audience Response to Performance: Based on the judge's observation

  4. Choice of Material: Singer chooses a proper song to showcase their abilities

  5. Judge's Overall Impression of your Performance: At the discretion of judges

JUDGES POLICY:

For the finals of Minnesota Sings we require all Judges to reside OUTSIDE of Minnesota.  However, for the local Sings events that is not the case. Our judges are carefully selected to assure the most equitable judging team possible. Historically, our judges have represented wide range of backgrounds and experience ranging from Broadway, choral direction, world opera stage, and nationally touring music groups.