2021 Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest Accepting Entries

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Now in its fourth year, the Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest is open to unsigned and emerging Oklahoma songwriters. The contest is free with a grand prize of $500 and feature of the song at Bob Childers Gypsy Café, Oklahoma’s largest songwriter festival held each spring in Stillwater. Each artist may submit one lyric-driven song online at https://forms.gle/7815oroDTYXEom5H8  by 11:59pm on … Read More

COVID Crisis Grants available starting 12/21/20

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Red Dirt Relief Fund is launching a new COVID Crisis grant program to provide up to $1,000 per household on a first-come, first-served basis to Oklahoma music professionals who face immediate housing, food, medical or transportation insecurity; have sustained a financial loss of at least $5,000 due to cancelled/postponed gigs related to COVID-19; and worked in the music business for … Read More

#Skinnerfest Live Stream on Oct. 2nd at 8pm

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Now in its fourth year, the Tulsa music fest that has become known as Skinnerfest, will air as a streaming event through Mercury Lounge Live on October 2, 2020 at 8:00 pm. All proceeds benefit Red Dirt Relief Fund which has provided $145,000 to 580 out-of-work Oklahoma music people since March. The festival will feature two sets recorded live at … Read More

$143,00 in COVID relief aid granted to 572 Oklahoma music professionals

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Red Dirt Relief Fund announced today they have fulfilled all eligible applications for their COVID-19 Emergency Music Grants, delivering $143,000 in one-time $250 payments to music professionals across more than 30 Oklahoma counties. The program, which was launched in mid-March, was open to any Oklahoman working in music who sustained a financial loss of at least $1,000 due to cancelled/postponed … Read More

$100,000 in COVID-19 relief for Oklahoma music people

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While we cannot know how COVID-19 will spread or how long this pandemic will last, we do know that this virus has universally devastated our working music community. A majority of gigs and festivals for the coming weeks and months have cancelled or postponed. While some Oklahomans are fortunate to have paid leave, remote-work options and other safety nets, working … Read More

2020 Gypsy Cafe: Reimagined

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Oklahoma’s Largest Roots Songwriter Fest “Reimagined” in Ninth Year Bob Childers’ Gypsy Café, Oklahoma’s largest homegrown songwriter festival that has taken place in Stillwater, Okla. for the past eight years, will be “Reimagined” as a show that will premiere on digital streaming platforms through O’Colly TV on April 29 at 6:00pm. The festival benefits Oklahoma artists in need through the … Read More

2020 Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest Accepting Entries

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JLF Songwriting Contest 2020

Now in its third year, the Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest is open to unsigned and emerging Oklahoma songwriters. The contest is free with a grand prize of $500 and the chance to join the lineup of Bob Childers Gypsy Café, Oklahoma’s largest songwriter festival, on April 29, 2020.  Each artist may submit one lyric-driven song online at  https://forms.gle/tqN2b7oFMrmmyQ6k6 by March 1st.   The songwriting … Read More