WELCOME TRIBUTE ARTISTS
On behalf of the Georgia Elvis Festival, I would like to take this opportunity to request your participation in this year’s event. This is our 5th year in Georgia and we expect a sold out crowd and great media coverage.
More than just another competition, the Georgia Elvis Festival brings a true sense of participation and camaraderie where you can showcase your talent in one of the most beautiful settings in the South. It is also a strong foundation with which to enter the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest as one of our champions, David Lee won the title in 2015.
You will immediately fall for the community of Brunswick and the historic Ritz Theater, built in 1899 with roots that travel back in time to vaudeville. We will also have venues for you to perform at throughout the City of Brunswick, such as Mary Ross Park on the waterfront, and dinner shows at the towns signature pocket parks. Enjoy the southern hospitality of this historic city and it’s warm, friendly people. Simply put, it doesn’t get any better than this.
The Georgia Elvis Festival extends a warm welcome to you. Every effort is being made to make your experience a memorable and enjoyable one. Included in this Registration Package please find general information about the contest, participation and registration forms to review.
ABOUT THE 2017 COMPETITION
We are accepting up to 40 competitors. This limit will allow us proper judging of four (4) to six (6) songs (the number of songs will be determined by the total number of entries) in the qualifying rounds. You will perform two or three songs for the judges Friday at the ETA Showcase in the Ritz Theater and the same at the Ritz on Saturday. The two sets of scores will then be totaled together for your qualifying score. Each day, half of the tribute artists will be performing with tracks and half with the Change of Habit tribute band. The group that performs with tracks on Friday will perform with the band on Saturday and the group that performs with the band Friday will perform with tracks on Saturday.
We have two (2) Divisions: Professional and Non-Professional. Only the Professional Division winner will be eligible to compete in the UETAC in Memphis next August unless fewer then ten people are registered in the professional division. If this happens, then the highest score of both divisions will represent the festival at the UETAC.
The top five (5) in each division will move on to the Finals, Sunday afternoon at the Ritz. You will perform 4 songs with the Change of Habit tribute band. The following clarifications shall be used to establish which category you should enter:
Professional: You make at least 60% or more of your living / income performing as an Elvis Tribute Artist.
Non-Professional: You make a part-time income as an Elvis Tribute Artist or perform as a hobby or on an unpaid basis.
NOTE: Anyone may enter the Professional category, however once you submit your application you may NOT change your selected division.
All prize monies are payable by check, in US funds. The breakdown is as follows:
1. $1500.00 $750.00
2. $ 800.00 $350.00
3. $ 400.00 $250.00
4. $ 300.00 $175.00
5. $ 200.00 $125.00
Our judges, runners, and scorekeepers have no professional affiliation with any individual Tribute Artist. Elvis tribute artist managers are not permitted to participate due to potential conflict of interest. Among our judges are event producers, non-Elvis performers, music teachers, music industry professionals and life long Elvis fans. Throughout the event they have no knowledge of their fellow judge’s scores and they do not total their own score sheets.
Judges will be instructed to score in three (3) categories and thirteen (13) sub-categories, making this one of the toughest, yet fairest judging systems in the country!
REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER
- ENTRY FEE: There is a $150.00 registration fee required to register. $50.00 of this fee will be returned to you after the festival, provided you perform at your assigned venue Friday and/or Saturday afternoon, and participate as requested at all functions. The fee is payable in US funds via check, money order (made out to Sherry Management, LLC) or credit card (the charge will show from Sherry Management, LLC), and must accompany the registration form.
- BIO: We require a short 5 to 7 line bio of each Elvis Tribute Artist.
- PHOTO: Please include a high quality digital image, or “4 X 6” printed photograph, preferably a head/torso photo in costume with your application. We reserve the right to crop or alter any photo before use.
- CD, DVD, or Online Video: If you are new to our festival, we need to hear you perform before we accept your application. Send us a CD or DVD or You Tube link, with at least two songs, if possible. Tribute Artists who have performed at any of our ElvisFestival.com series of events prior to 2013 do NOT need to send this, as we have your music on file.
It is imperative that you decide and register as soon as possible. This is not on a “first come” basis, however, as our committee has sole discretion of only accepting applicants who we feel represent the integrity of Elvis’® memory and image. The scheduling and logistics of a festival this size, however, require a cut-off-date. Late registrations will not be accepted.
Click here for a registration form. If you can’t read it or it isn’t shown on your computer, then contact me as soon as possible and I will mail you a form. Otherwise, print out the page and email all items 1 – 4 (above) to me.
My contact info:
3 Crescent Way
Lake George, New York 12845