This songwriting contest is free to enter and open to all ages and all musical styles. Songs must be submitted by April 24. We have all the details.

The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau just announced a great songwriting contest as part of the bureau's new, Fun-At-Home promotion.

What a gift to us all when this contest concludes. Songs about our wonderful city and the qualities that make it unique. RACVB VP Nick Povalitis appeared on The Steve Shannon Show (4-7-20) to promote the contest that ends on April 24, 2020. Here are all the Stay Home Songs songwriting contest details he shared with us:

  • All Winnebago County-based songwriters, musicians or bands are eligible to submit one (1) original song entry no more than three minutes in length. Completed song submissions must include files or private YouTube links AND the signed Acknowledgement of Contest Guidelines emailed to by 5 p.m. Friday, April 24. Complete contest information is available on the Interactive tab of RACVB’s COVID-19 Resource Center at
  • The winning song, which will embody the resiliency of the Rockford area, will be selected by RACVB’s expert judges panel of local musicians by the end of the month. Those judges include:

Jodi Beach of the Jodi Beach Trio

Vince Chiarelli of The Vince Chiarelli Band

Duntai Mathews of SOAR Radio

Miles Nielsen of Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts

Antonio Ramirez of Domingos en el Parque

  • The winning songwriter will receive a $200 gift card to a local restaurant or local retailer of her/his choice, and may be featured as part of future RACVB tourism marketing platforms.


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