Intermountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA) and the Utah Arts Festival have teamed up to increase opportunities for songwriters and acoustic musicians at the 2014 Utah Arts Festival. This new partnership will feature workshops, a songwriting competition and acoustic performances from national touring artists.
IAMA members will receive admission to the Festival by showing their valid IAMA membership card at the Festival box office.
"This partnership allows the Festival to leverage the rich tradition of acoustic music fostered by longtime arts advocates IAMA," said Festival Director Lisa Sewell "We are honored and excited be a part of this perfect match."
Live Acoustic Performances
Sat, June 28, various times & various stages
On Saturday, June 28, 2014, IAMA will present headlining performances by John McCutcheon and the award winning bluegrass band, Mountain Heart on June 28 on the Festival Stage. Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, Mountain Heart has gained legions of loyal fans both as a result of their superlative musicianship and exciting live performances.
IAMA Songwriter Academy
Fri-Sat, June 27-28, SLC Main Library
The two-day IAMA Songwriter Academy will be held inside the Main Library, June 27-28. Musicians will learn the art of songwriting from renowned artists and instructors John McCutcheon and Kate MacLeod. Academy space is limited with a few scholarships available.
McCutcheon is an American folk music singer and multi-instrumentalist who has produced 34 albums since the 1970s. Considered one of folk music's renaissance men, he is a master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author.
MacLeod is a sought after vocalist, fiddler and guitar player, working regularly with other artists. Her fiddle playing is derived from the study of many traditional folk styles in addition to classical training from where she has developed a unique expression with the instrument. Her latest solo recording was produced by Grammy-winning musician Tim O'Brien from which the song "Something Left You Living" was featured on NPR's syndicated song showcase "What's in a Song."
Susanne Millsaps Singer Songwriter Showcase
Sat, June 28, 12pm, Big Mouth Stage - Showcase Finalists
Sat, June 28, 8:30pm, Festival Stage - Showcase Winner
The Festival will also host the annual Susanne Millsaps Singer Songwriter Showcase. Ten finalists will perform two songs before a panel of judges Saturday, June 28 at 12pm on the Big Mouth Stage. The Showcase winner will perform later that evening on the Festival Stage at 8:30pm.