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San Diego County Fair: Contests & Competitive Exhibits

KPRI presents


Singer/songwriters are among our most admired performers, probably because they can really express the emotions in the songs they wrote themselves. Our Singer/Songwriter competition honors the best performance of original music by a solo artist. So if you see yourself as the next Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell or Norah Jones, be sure to enter!

Past Winners Speak

Josh Damigo won the 2012 Singer/Songwriter contest. He said: "The songwriter competition was one of my favorite events that I've played. Everyone supported each other, and it was a great day for San Diego music! Definitely worth checking out if you're ready to play your songs for a great crowd. Since then, I've signed to Random Records, released a new album, I Will Be There, and my new music video was just released in November."

Tolan Shaw won the 2011 Singer/Songwriter title. He said: "The SD County Fair Singer/Songwriter contest is an amazing opportunity and a blessing for local talent. You get a chance to show off your art to industry professionals, meet like-minded performers and network with top-notch songwriters from around the community. And of course, there is the chance of winning some amazing prizes that can hugely help with the cost of running your music business (recording, music videos, promotion, etc)."


Application Deadline: April 13, 2015
Thank you for your interest in this contest. The deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications. We hope you will come out and support the contestants!

To update an application previously submitted, use this form.

Rules and Regulations

Finalists announced: April 28, 2015


Final Round: June 19, 2015
Stage and time to be announced

The Singer/Songwriter Contest will be hosted by KPRi 102.1's Mookie. You can hear Mookie on-air weekday afternoons from 3:00-7:00PM. Mookie also hosts KPRi's two Sunday evening shows featuring local/indy music – the "Homegrown Hour" at 9:00PM and "Unsigned Sundays" at 10:00PM.


1st Place: $3,000
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000



Sponsor Prize Packages

Acoustic Spot logo and link

The Acoustic Spot will provide performing spots at venues for the top three finishers in Singer/Songwriter. The winner will get three spots, 2nd place will get two spots, and 3rd place will get one spot.

The Acoustic Spot provides a simple way to find quality live music for happy hour, brunch or late night; no tickets, no covers — and all within two mouse clicks. In addition to supporting weekly music programs at some of the area's best-known venues, Acoustic Spot also offers booking services for private and corporate events.

Nardcast logo and link The Nardcast will provide a live podcast to the top three finishers. The Nardcast is an entertainment show covering music, film, restaurants, and TV, both locally and nationally. It features music from up-and-coming bands and singer-songwriters.

SGM Events logo and link SGM Events will provide two hours of studio time to the winner. The private and corporate division of Sleeping Giant Music, SGM Events is a premier booking agency that finds entertainers for weddings and private events. SGM Events specializes in San Diego DJs but also offers bands, acoustic artists, singers and soloists, and even magicians. The gold standard in the entertainment industry, SGM Events offers event entertainment ideas and strategy advice.


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