JAMinc and the Virginia Folklife Program present

Announcing the 3rd Annual Scott Street Five String Finals!

The 3rd Annual Scott Street Five String Finals will be held the afternoon of Saturday, October 14th during the Richmond Folk Festival, and we're now accepting entrants in both bluegrass and clawhammer divisions for all young players 18 years of age and younger at the time of the finals. Please read the rules below carefully and get your video audition ready. All you need to do then is fill out the form below to register and submit your entry.

Congratulations to our 2016 Winners!

Hearty congratulations to last year's $1,000 winners, Logan Redding (1st place/bluegrass) from Pickens, SC and Madison​ Shepherd (1st place/clawhammer) from West Jefferson, NC. They're holding their crystal trophies presented proudly by Scott's widow Gini Street. The same cash prizes and trophies will be presented this year by JAMinc and the Virginia Folklife Program.

Contest Information

To honor the memory of beloved JAMinc board member, distinguished attorney and dedicated banjo player Scott Street who we lost in February of 2015 to cancer, we’re excited to announce the 3rd annual edition of our banjo competition for young players 18 and under. Again this year, there will be two divisions and two sets of finalists…for bluegrass/Scruggs-style players and for clawhammer/old time players.

After a preliminary round of YouTube video entries, three finalists will be selected in each division by a distinguished panel of judges led by five-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor, young Virginia clawhammer virtuoso Victor Furtado and veteran local players Josh Bearman and John Bullard. Finalists will compete live on the CarMax Family Stage at the Richmond Folk Festival on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. Winners in each division will receive a handsome crystal trophy, a demo recording session at In Your Ear Studios, and a $1000 cash prize. Runners up receive $600 with $400 for third place.

The Details

Preliminary entries will be by means of single video submitted to show the contestant actually playing, making sure that his or her face is visible.  More than one tune may be submitted but the total length of entry can be no longer than four (4) minutes.  Videos may be simple phone quality, professionally done, or anything in between, but the quality of the videos themselves will not impact the judging as long as the player’s level of proficiency is clear. Entrants may include accompanists at their discretion but the focus should be on the player’s banjo ability. All videos must be uploaded to YouTube so that a link can by copied and pasted to the contestant’s entry form. Entrants should only submit public domain tunes, original compositions, or songs to which she or he has permission from the song owner to record on video and post to YouTube. Entrants grant JAMinc, its agents, and affiliate the right to use any video posted by Guardian (defined below) for purposes of administering this contest and promotion thereof. All contest submissions must be received by September 30th at 5pm Eastern time.

Contest submissions must be posted to www.richmondfolkfestival.org/banjo by a parent or guardian of the entrant (a “Guardian”), under such Guardian’s consent for JAMinc, its agents, and affiliates to use entrant’s name, likeness, image, voice, and video, in order to be considered as a valid contest entry. Players are limited to ONE submission, any submissions beyond that will not be taken into consideration.  The video must be in the horizontal (landscape) format and at least part of it must be wide enough to show the contestant’s face.

JAMinc/Richmond Folk Festival reserve the right to take down any inappropriate content and or additional entries.