Out of a possible 800 entries, thirty-two writer-performers are invited to share their original songs. In addition to cash and merchandise prizes, each of the 32 finalists are awarded a scholarship to the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference held each September in Austin, TX.
From the thirty-two finalists, six New Folk Award Winners are selected and return to the Festival on the second Sunday to perform 20 minutes of their original songs.
The six New Folk Winners receive a $250 Award from the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation plus up to $400 additional prize money. Established in 1972, these annual concerts are one of the high points of the Festival and for songwriters from across the world.
The artists performing for this concert consist of the six winners of the KERRVILLE NEW FOLK SONGWRITING COMPETITION which is held during the Annual Kerrville Folk Festival from May 23 - June 9, 2019.