The Big Squeeze 2019
Statewide Youth Accordion Contest
Schedule, Contest Rules and Entry Form
Do YOU want to participate in the Big Squeeze 2019?
Just follow these steps!
***Accordionists can enter by performing two songs at any of the below showcases where they will be videotaped by Texas Folklife OR if they live more than 20 miles from an audition location, they can submit a video entry digitally, by mail or e-mail. They do not have to do both.
If a contestant makes it to finals, they must travel to Austin to compete at the Finals at the Bullock Texas History Museum on May 11.***
2019 Schedule of Showcases
Ennis - Ennis Czech Music Festival - Sokol Activity Center - February 9, 2019
Port Arthur - Cajun Accordion Workshop (not an official audition) - February 16, 2019
Dallas - Latino Cultural Center - March 21, 2019 with concert featuring Sunny Sauceda & Los Morales Boyz
Houston – Jax Grill - March 30, 2019
Houston - MECA - March 31, 2019
Roma - Roma ISD Performing Arts Center - April 6, 2019
San Antonio - Presented by Conjunto Heritage Taller at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center - April 7, 2019
Los Fresnos - Los Fresnos High School - April 12, 2019
Palmview - Palmview High School - April 13, 2019
Conjunto Semi-Finals (more details to come) - Museum of South Texas in Edinburg - April 27, 2019
Big Squeeze Finals & Concert - Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin - May 11, 2019
1) Read the entry rules, GO HERE. // Versión en Español
2) Fill out the entry form.
a) For the paper version, CLICK HERE. Print and mail to us. Versión en Español proximamente...
b) For the online version, CLICK HERE.
3) Decide if you are going to perform at any of the showcases above in person or submit two songs digitally.
a) Applicants can enter by performing two songs at a showcase where they will be videotaped by Texas Folklife or submit a video entry digitally, by mail or e-mail. They do not have to do both.
b) If you live more than 20 miles from a showcase location and cannot travel that far, that is fine! You can still enter by submitting your song performances digitally by doing ANY of the below. Make sure you indicate on your form how we should expect your submission.
1) Mailing a USB Drive with video and photo to The Big Squeeze at: The Big Squeeze c/o Texas Folklife 1708 Houston Street Austin, TX 78756
2) Mailing a DVD with my video and photo to The Big Squeeze at: The Big Squeeze c/o Texas Folklife 1708 Houston Street Austin, TX 78756
3) E-mailing a YouTube Link with my video and a photo to email@example.com
4) E-mailing a video from my phone and a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
We can't wait to see you at the next show!
The 2019 Big Squeeze is supported by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, H-E-B, Music Water, Texas Music Office, Southeast Texas Arts Council, the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, and Rancho Alegre Radio. Additional support is provided by regional partners including Full Gallop, Ennis Czech Music Festival, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Cajun Sounds Internet Radio, Latino Cultural Center Dallas, zydecoevents.com, Texas Polka News, Multicultural Engagement & Counseling through the Arts (MECA), La Joya Independent School District, Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District, Roma Independent School District, Museum of South Texas History, Conjunto Heritage Taller, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Bullock Texas State History Museum, and more!
Interested in Sponsoring the Big Squeeze?
Big Squeeze Sponsorship Packet
The Big Squeeze program and showcase events are partnerships with local businesses, art galleries, record labels, non-profit arts organizations, local public school districts, and universities. We will work with your organization's budget. But, we are also accepting major sponsorships beginning at $5,000+ levels. Your contribution will help make the Big Squeeze program a continued success.
See our interactive contestant map from 2007 - 2018 here!