Nominations are now open for the 2019 Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award!

Make a nomination here:

Linqua Franqa

The award, which carries a $1,000 prize, is named in honor of Vic Chesnutt, an internationally renowned singer-songwriter from Athens, and is presented by the Rotary Club of the Classic City of Athens.

The finalists and other great musicians perform at the awards event.

The third annual Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award will be presented at an event held at The Foundry on May 16, 2019. Nominations are open from January to March 15, 2019 for songs released during 2018. Click HERE to make a nomination!


New this year! On Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, we will host a special "kick-off" event to raise awareness of the award and nominations process. This free event, featuring local songwriting, will take place at Hendershots, with doors opening at 7 PM.

For the most current news and updates, follow us on Facebook!

 2017 finalists performing


2018 Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year: Linqua Franqa (Mariah Parker)

2017 Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year: Andrew Huang

Download the 2018 Program (including finalists, performers, and sponsors) HERE. Photos from the 2018 event are available HERE.

Sponsorship Information: Click HERE for PDF

Funds raised from the event are used to award a cash prize to the Songwriter of the Year, to benefit Nuci's Space (a local non-profit health and resource center for musicians), and to support the Classic City Rotary Club’s community service activities, which include local efforts to promote the arts, support literacy and education, enhance the outdoors, and support local quality of life in conjunction with area non-profits. Each year, Classic City Rotary provides hundreds of service hours and substantial funding in support of local and international humanitarian initiatives, including local beneficiaries such as the Acceptance Recovery Center, Books for Keeps, JJ Harris Elementary School, Athens Youth Symphony, Nuci's Space, Red Cross, and more!)

Classic City Rotary Club has 501c3 status, potentially making donations to the event tax-deductible (check with your tax advisor).

To register a sponsorship, and to see the sponsorship levels and benefits, download this sponsorship form or email Sissy Erwin (

 2019 Sponsors:


Sponsorship checks should be made payable to Classic City Rotary Club, and should be mailed to P. O. Box 48415 Athens, GA 30604.



Club Leaders
Weekly Bulletin
Club Events