Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest

Congratulations to Lara Maraqa for taking the top spot in the second preliminary round of the Muse on the Waccamaw and earning a place in the finals on April 18. So many thanks to Good Day Cafe, our judges, and all of the songwriters and audience for a preliminary round that had all of the talent and feel of a final round. See you Sunday, March 1 at Borgata Surfside for the third preliminary round.

2020 Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest is sponsored by Southern Harmony Recording Studio, Conway Glass, Studio Kook, Shine Café, Good Day Café, Borgata Bar and more, the contest showcases the best local and regional songwriting talent. Songwriters will be judged on criteria including lyrical and musical content.

Songwriters may be asked to perform up to three original songs.

The Muse on the Waccamaw will consist of performances in four preliminary rounds and a final round. The four preliminary rounds will start in January and will be running through mid-March. The finals will be on April 18th at the 104 Laurel event space in Conway, South Carolina.

The dates, times and locations of the preliminary rounds plus the finals are as follows:

Round 1:
Saturday, January 18
Huge congratulations to Colton Brant for winning the first talent-packed preliminary round of the Create Conway Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest. Thanks to Shine Cafe for hosting and past winners Daniel Barnhart, Davy Stone, and Glenn Houndog Hanson for judging. 


Round 2:
Saturday, February 15
Congratulations to Lara Maraqa for taking the top spot in the second preliminary round of the Muse on the Waccamaw and earning a place in the finals on April 18. So many thanks to Good Day Cafe, our judges, and all of the songwriters and audience for a preliminary round that had all of the talent and feel of a final round. See you Sunday, March 1 at Borgata Surfside for the third preliminary round.

Round 3:
Sunday, March 1
3:00-3:15 pm sign-up. 3:30 music.
Borgata Bar
813 Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach, South Carolina 29575

Round 4:
Saturday, March 21
3:00-3:15 pm sign-up. 3:30 music.
Shine Café
707 Main Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526

Finals:
Saturday, April 18
7:15 Doors open, 8:00 Music
104 Laurel
104 Laurel Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526


***If you are a songwriter who wishes to perform, please bring a copy of your lyrics for the judges.

Songwriters and industry professionals will judge each round, with the winning songwriter from each round, plus four wildcard entrants, earning a spot in the finals. It will be $5 for a songwriter to enter a preliminary round. There is no cover for anyone wanting to come and watch some of the best songwriters in the area share their talents, but it is strongly recommended that you purchase some food or drink from our hosting establishment.

The finals will be a single-elimination competition with the winner receiving a hand-blown glass trophy from Conway Glass, a recording package from Southern Harmony Recording Studio, a house concert at Studio Kook and a featured slot for the Live Oaks Art & Music Festival in October. Other contestants will receive an array of prizes from local and regional merchants.

Updates here:
Muse on the Waccamaw Facebook Page

For more information contact Brian Roessler at music@brian-roessler.com

CREATE! Conway is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to build an artistically vibrant community by supporting regional artists and promoting public participation in the arts.

CREATE programs are supported in part by S.C. Arts Commission, Horry County Government, the City of Conway, memberships, sponsors, and donations.

  • Bill Wright
    commented 2018-03-28 14:12:12 -0400
    I’m interested in entering the songwriting contest.
  • Douglas Backer
    commented 2018-02-16 06:41:12 -0500
    Are you doing the songwriter contest again in 2018? I just moved to MB and would be happy to get involved. I have produced several small blues festivals in the past.
  • Bob Dawson
    commented 2018-02-10 08:40:58 -0500
    Bob Dawson
  • Soldiers of Fortune
    commented 2016-01-21 16:24:04 -0500
    We know it’s tonight…but sign us up please…See ya’ll there!
  • Glenn Houndog Hanson
    commented 2015-12-27 12:48:49 -0500
    Please sign me up for the songwriting contest

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