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Contest Rules - Judging Info - Prizes


Prizes for each division (13 to 20) and (21 and older)

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


2nd:  $3000 cash plus a recording session 


3rd:  $1000 cash plus a recording session


4th:  $500 cash


5th-6th-7th-8th:  Great music gear compliments of Electro-Voice, Gator, Mackie, and Mogami

Singers Choice Award (each division)


All of the competitors in each division will pick their favorite female and male singer from their division.

Each winner will receive $250 cash.


In Addition:

Whoever sponsored the 1st Place winner, will receive $500 in cash.  The sponsor is the entity

that paid the $150 Registration Cost.  ($500 in each division)


The 1st Place winner will be given a check for $1000 that they get to present to their favorite

Hometown Charity  ($1000 in each division)

Recording sessions are complements of The Garage located in Burnsville Minnesota.

Minnesota Sings is produced by Experience Shows LLC


Youth Division contestants must be at least 13 but no older than 20 years of age ON October 7, 2023. (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 2022 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 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


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. 

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