Rising Stars competition coming

Britt Festivals will partner with South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville for the second annual Rising Stars competition, in which local musicians compete and the public votes on their favorite. Applications for the contest are now being accepted.

Artists interested in applying to Rising Stars 2013 can start the application by sending a music link and photo to Porscha Schiller at porscha111@gmail.com or by messaging South Stage Cellars on Facebook.

Application forms can be picked up at South Stage Cellars' tasting room in Jacksonville. There is no entry fee.

The Rising Stars competition is open to solo, duo or trio acts in jazz, folk, classical, blues, country, rhythm & blues, bluegrass, flamenco, soft rock, a capella, contemporary or original music. Selected musicians will perform at South Stage Cellars' Jacksonville tasting room at free weekend performances, beginning March 9.

In the initial rounds, the public can vote for their favorite performer for $2 per vote. All voting proceeds will be donated to La Clinica. The final rounds will take place April 26 and 27, on the Britt stage, with the winner chosen by a combination of public voting and a panel of judges.

The Rising Stars 2013 winner will receive a monetary prize, and will perform on the Britt stage as an opening act in the 2013 season (pending artist approval). The first competition raised $7,000 for charity.

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