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The Rising Artist Award and Reba Heyman Tribute Concert

FocusMusic announces the creation of and seeks applications for the Rising Artist Award to be presented at The Reba Heyman Tribute Concert on March 19, 2022 in Olney, Maryland.

Reba and her husband Vic were more than “ultimate folk music fans”. For decades, they attended concerts and festivals across the nation, supporting artists with their energy as well as financially, earning them the affectionate title of “folk angels”. After Vic’s passing in 2009, Reba remained a respected and beloved figure in the folk community. Her generosity in things both tangible and intangible was career changing for many artists, especially those early in their careers.

In their spirit, this annual award will recognize and support a rising individual or group in the folk community. Eligibility includes performers that have one initial release* and have not previously won or placed in a national music competition. Applications must include two You Tube links of a live performance and a statement from the artist summarizing their background and vision of themselves as it relates to folk music. Winner will be invited to perform at the Reba Heyman Tribute Concert and receive a $1000 award to be used towards an upcoming recording with a planned release within one year of the concert. Please submit applications (below) by December 10, 2021. Contact RisingArtist@Focusmusic.org for more information.

*For the purposes of this award, FocusMusic considers a “release” to be either a physical or digital body of work of at least 30 minutes in length released as a single product.


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