Joan Prior Award: Conditions

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Acoustic Routes (The Wellington Folk Centre) is proud to present the Joan Prior Award, an annual performance competition for young performers.


It is open to solo or duo performers aged from 15 to 25 on September 30, 2018, resident in the Wellington region.

The award is open to singers and instrumentalists, and to performers of traditional as well as contemporary and original material.

The judges will be looking for material that fits the range of acoustic music that is played at folk clubs and festivals.

To enter

  • Fill in the entry form below.
  • Submit a sample of your performance no longer than 15 minutes via MP3 or MP4 files, via YouTube, or on CD or DVD.
  • Send the file or URL with the entry form, and post CDs or DVDs (with a copy of your entry form) to:
    • Acoustic Routes, P O Box 27 191, Marion Square, Wellington.
  • Include a brief musical profile (bio) with your entry.

Closing Date is Friday, 30 September, 2018.

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 Submission Form



The award is a fully integrated part of the Wellington Folk Festival. There will be a single concert at the festival at Labour Weekend, 19-22 October 2018, where entrants will perform before a panel of judges who will select the winner.

The concert will be on the Saturday afternoon. Entrants may be accompanied by a non-entrant of any age.

Note: you’ll need to attend the festival to take part in the concert. See the festival website for options. Normal festival entry costs will apply. Either a full weekend or relevant day pass will need to be purchased by entrants and anyone else attending.

A panel of 3 judges appointed by the Acoustic Routes committee will select the winner.

If there are more entrants than we can put on at the festival, we will select performers based on the samples provided.


There will be a cheque of $500 for the winner, paid by Acoustic Routes, who also undertake to offer the winner a booking at an Acoustic Routes concert during the following year.