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Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest

Now in its seventh year, the Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest is open to unsigned and emerging Oklahoma songwriters in all genres. The contest winner takes home a $1,000 cash prize and a spot in the Gypsy Café lineup.  The People’s Choice Award, decided by online voting, wins a $250 cash prize. 

Three contest finalists will chosen based on lyrics, melody, originality, form and musicality by a panel of judges including renowned songwriters and industry professionals Chris Buhalis, Tim McFadden, Brad Piccolo, Deana McCloud and Roger Ray.  

Deadline: March 3, 2024

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