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The songSLAM

songSLAM: Fashioned after traditional poetry slams and storytelling events like The Moth, each Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM gives teams of composers and performers a chance to present world premieres of art song and compete for audience-awarded cash prizes. Regional songSLAMs are produced with partnering local organizations. Since the inaugural songSLAM of 2016, our first-come, first-served registration often fills in under 30 minutes of opening and our songSLAM audiences are typically sold out and/or standing room only. The songSLAM was developed to bring in new, energized, invested audiences for art song, while removing barriers and gatekeepers for performers and creators.


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