JAMinc and the Virginia Folklife Program present

Announcing the 2nd Annual Scott Street Five String Finalists!

We're proud to announce the following finalists in the Scott Street Five String Finals. They'll be competing Saturday, October 8th at the Carmax Family Stage.

Taylor Parks 12, Parksley VA
Logan Redding 16, Pickens SC
Johnny White 14, Richmond VA

Alanna Brewer 16, Mountain View AK
Uma Peters 9, Nashville TN
Madison Shepherd 16, West Jefferson NC


Congratulations, Clay Russell, 2015 winner

Hearty congratulations to Clay Russell (left) winner of the 1st Scott Street Five String Finals at the Richmond Folk Festival in 2015, with Trajan Wellington, lead judge Sammy Shelor, T.J. Honaker and Spencer Hatcher. The music's in good hands. Presented by JAMinc and the Virginia Folklife Program. Check out last year's competition on youtube.


Contest Information

To honor the memory of original 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 2nd annual edition of our banjo competition for young players. And 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 an expert panel. Finalists will compete live on the CarMax Family Stage at the Richmond Folk Festival on Saturday, October 8th, 2016. Our distinguished judging panel will be led by bluegrass banjo pioneer and Grand Ole Opry member Sonny Osborne. Winners in each division will receive a handsome trophy, a demo recording session at In Your Ear Studios, and a $1000 cash prize.Runners up receive $600 with $400 for third place.


Entry Deadline:  Deadline extended to 5:00pm October 2, 2016
Age Requirement:  18 or younger as of October 8, 2016 
Finalists:  3 finalists in each division will be notified by October 3rd
Live Final Competition: Saturday, October 8th at 4pm

The Details

Contest submissions must follow these guidelines:
All entrants must be 18 years of age or younger as of October 8th, 2016.

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.

The 3 finalists in each division will be notified by JAMinc no later than October 3rd, and will be expected to appear at the Richmond Folk Festival for the live finals on Saturday, October 8th at 4pm.

The Fine Print

ELIGIBILITY: The Competition is open only to individuals who are at eighteen years of age or younger on October 8, 2016, and who satisfy all other requirements contained herein. Officers, directors and employees of JAMinc, NCTA, VA Folklife Program and Venture Richmond, herein called Sponsor, and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, prize fulfillment entities, advertising and promotion agencies, and all others associated with the development and execution of this competition as well as their immediate family members (a parent, spouse, sibling, child, step-sibling, step-child, and in-laws, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household of any of the above, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in this competition.
WINNER NOTIFICATION: Finalists will be notified by phone, mail or email. If attempted notification is returned as undeliverable, if winner cannot be verified, or if winner is otherwise unable to attend the finals at the Richmond Folk Festival, prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate contestant. Finalists will be required to complete, sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release, and, where lawful, a Publicity Release within five (5) days of prize notification. In the event of noncompliance within this time period, prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected at Sponsor's sole discretion.
GOVERNING LAW: This Competition and the rights and obligations of the Sponsors and participants will be governed by and controlled by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia applicable to contracts made and performed therein without reference to the applicable choice of law provisions. All actions, proceedings, or litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted solely within the Commonwealth of Virginia/City of Richmond. The parties consent to the jurisdiction of the state courts of Virginia and federal court located with such state and county with respect to any action, dispute, or other matter pertaining to or arising out of this Competition.
GENERAL RULES: Submitting to the Competition constitutes permission to the Sponsor and its designees to use entrant(s) and winner(s)'s name, city, state, likeness, voice, biographical information and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity in any and all media, now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. By participating, entrant (i) agrees to release and hold Sponsor, its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties"), harmless against any and all claims and liability arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of (i) participation in the competition or misuse, nonuse or use of any prize (including any travel or activity related thereto); (ii) entrant’s infringement of copyright or other intellectual property, (iii) waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages, attorneys' fees or any damages other than actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to enter; and (iv) agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Released Parties are not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, inaccurate, illegible, misdirected, garbled, delayed or undelivered entries or referrals; or for technical hardware or software malfunctions or failures of any kind, lost, unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission, which may limit an individual's ability to participate. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend or modify the Competition, or to disqualify any implicated entrant(s), (and their entries) if any fraud, virus, actions by entrants, technical or other error or problem, or any other occurrence corrupts or affects the administration, integrity, security, or proper play of the competition, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.
CAUTION: Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, mechanical, printing, typographical, human or other error relating to or in connection with the competition, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in the administration of the competition, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Competition-related materials; or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with this Competition. Sponsor is not liable in the event that any portion of the competition or awarded prizes are canceled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control (a "Force Majeure Event").