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.


The Joan Prior award is open to:

  • solo or duo performers aged from 15 to 25 on October 1, 2019, resident in the Wellington region (the area covered by Wellington Regional Council and Kapiti and Horowhenua Districts)
  • singers and instrumentalists
  • 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.

Closing Date is Tuesday, 1 October, 2019!


The award is a fully integrated part of the Wellington Folk Festival. There will be a single concert at the festival at Labour Weekend, 25-28 October 2019, where entrants will perform before a panel of 3 judges appointed by the Acoustic Routes committee who will select the winner.

The concert will be on the afternoon of Saturday 26 October, 2019. Entrants may be accompanied by a non-entrant of any age.

Note: To take part in the concert, you’ll need to attend the festival. 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.


The prize is a cheque of $500 for the winner, paid by Acoustic Routes.


To enter

  • Simply fill in the form on the Wellington Folk Festival website here.