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The Big Squeeze 2022

The Big Squeeze is back for its 16th Action-Packed Year!

Assembling super youth accordion players of all Texas genres! Applications will be accepted from 12:00 AM on March 1st, 2022 to 11:59 PM CST on March 31st, 2022. Entry Form and Rules are linked below. Email with any questions.

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR VIDEOS: To allow extra time for sending video files, we have extended to Mon. April 4 by 5:00 PM CST. Please submit your application form by 3/31 still so we know to expect your videos soon after.

The Big Squeeze is presented by Texas Folklife as part of its mission to preserve and present Texas’ diverse cultural heritage. Since 2007, Texas Folklife has promoted Texas accordion music genres through the Big Squeeze program. More than 300 young, talented players from dozens of Texas communities have participated in the program, which supports these vital community-based accordion music traditions.  


¡Reuniendo acordeonistas jóvenes de todos los géneros de Texas! Las solicitudes se aceptarán desde las 12:00 a.m. del 1 de marzo de 2022 hasta las 11:59 p.m. del 31 de marzo de 2022. El formulario de inscripción y las reglas se encuentran a continuación. Envíe un correo electrónico a si tiene alguna pregunta.

The Big Squeeze es presentado por Texas Folklife como parte de su misión de preservar y presentar el diverso patrimonio cultural de Texas. Desde 2007, Texas Folklife ha promovido los géneros musicales de acordeón de Texas a través del programa Big Squeeze. Más de 300 músicos jóvenes y talentosos de docenas de comunidades de Texas han participado en el programa, que apoya estas tradiciones vitales de música de acordeón basadas en la comunidad.

Contestant Materials | Materiales para los concursantes

Rules and Guidelines | Reglas

2022 Rules and Guidelines - Please read before submitting entry form
2022 Reglas en Español - Por favor lea antes de enviar el formulario de inscripción

Entry Form | Formulario de Inscripción

2022 Entry Form - Online version

2022 Entry Form - Print version


2022 Formulario de Inscripción en Español - En línea

2022 Formulario de Inscripción en Español - Imprimir


Submit Your Video

Please send your application form by 3/31 and your video files by Mon. April 4 by 5:00 PM CST.


Two new ways to share video entries:

1. Share Google Folder with files with with Editor access


2. Upload files to this page:

Important Dates | Fechas importantes

Important Dates

  • March 1 - March 31, 2022: Entry Forms Accepted
  • April 23, 2022: Conjunto Semi-Finals at Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg
  • May 14, 2022: Finals at Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin


Fechas importantes

  • Del 1 al 31 de marzo 2022: Se aceptan formularios de inscripción
  • 23 de abril 2022: Semifinales de Conjunto en el Museum of South Texas History en Edinburg
  • 14 de mayo 2022: Finales en el Bullock Texas State History Museum en Austin


Press Release available here

Comunicado de prensa disponible aquí


Sponsorships: The Big Squeeze offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and organizations to become sponsors of this distinguished program. For more information on becoming a Big Squeeze Sponsor, please email or call 512-441-9255. The 2022 Big Squeeze is supported by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, H-E-B, Texas Music Office, and the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Additional support is provided by regional partners including, Texas Polka News, La Joya Independent School District, Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District, Roma Independent School District, Museum of South Texas History, Conjunto Heritage Taller, Bullock Texas State History Museum, and more! 

The 2022 Big Squeeze is supported in part by the generosity of H-E-B, a Squeezebox Legend Sponsor, who has contributed to worthy causes through Texas and Mexico for 115 years. We are also grateful to the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board for their long-time support. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor, as well as contributions from Hohner Accordions, Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, and other regional partners.