$20 advance / $25 at the door

8pm showtime

hosted by Chris Koza



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Teams will present a new song of no more than 5 minutes for voice and piano in any language for the voting audience, who—in the poetry slam tradition—will then vote on their favorites and award $900 in prize money.  Teams are encouraged to bring their friends, as all prizes will be awarded by audience vote!


  1. Registration is $10 and participants are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.  Even if you do not enter in time to compete, your small $10 registration fee supports our hard working staff, and is an essential part of how a non-profit works!  We are grateful to you for being a part of the song, and your team will be credited in a thank you on our about page. 

  2. For each city, performance slots will be given to the first 10 applicants to apply; there will also be 5 alternate slots in the event of cancellations.

  3. Original compositions presented during the 2018-2019 season songSLAMs must:
    - be composed for voice and piano
    - feature texts that are in the public domain or have written and signed permission from the author/trust
    - receive their world premiere at our event.

  4. Songs should be no more than 5 minutes in length.

  5. A composer can only submit ONE song for the event. Performers can only perform in ONE song for the event. 

  6. Texts may be in any language.

  7. There is no age limit for those who wish to apply.

  8. Composer must be present during the premiere event.

  9. Scores for songSLAM must be completed and submitted by the due date posted for each event city.


Chris Koza:


Chris Koza is a musician, composer and performer living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Koza's storytelling and observations are thoughtfully navigated by melodies that both migrate through the seasons and burrow through the earth.  Koza has headlined the legendary First Avenue Mainroom. But he’s rocked all of Minneapolis’ famous venues—including the Varsity Theatre, The Fitzgerald, the Fine Line, the Cedar Cultural Center. Although he has six solo albums and a film score under his belt, Koza does plenty of writing and performing with Rogue Valley. A Minnesota State Arts Board Arts on Tour recipient, Koza regularly plays and guest lectures at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul and at the Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) in Minneapolis.