Congratulations to Mariah Parker (Linqua Franqa) for being recognized with the 2018 Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award for her 2017 song, The Con & The Can!

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. Finalists receive complimentary studio recording time, courtesy of Japanski Recording Studio and Nuci's Space.

The inaugural Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year debuted in 2017, with Andrew Huang as the first winner! Other finalists for their 2016 songwriting were Drew Albenesius, Dana Downs, Erin Lovett, and Sarah Zúñiga.

The third annual Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award will be presented at an event held at The Foundry in May 2019. Nominations will open in January 2019 for songs released during 2018.


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 2017 finalists performing

 2018 Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Finalists:

KyKy Renee Knight - Linqua Franqa (2018 Winner) - Andrew Rieger - Sean Stephansen - Cindy Wilson (Cindy Wilson/Suny Lyons/Ryan Monahan/Lemuel Hayes)


 Performers at the May 17 Event also included:

Andrew Huang (2017 winner); Drew Beskin; "Armistead And"; Claire Campbell

Download the Program HERE.

Sponsorship Information:

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 (including partnerships with Books for Keeps and JJ Harris Elementary School), eradicate hunger, and enhance the outdoors. (Last year, Classic City Rotary provided hundreds of service hours and over $13,000 in support to local and international humanitarian initiatives!)

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

To register a sponsorship, follow this link, or download the PDF.

 2018 Sponsors:


  • 40 Watt Club
  • 5 Points Eye Care
  • Allen Properties
  • American Pest Control
  • Dalton Carpet
  • Dorminey & Cox
  • First American Bank & Trust Co.
  • Georgia Power
  • Georgia Theatre
  • Howard Scott
  • Island Apparel 
  • Jim Gillis/Raymond James
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Musician’s Warehouse
  • Nabo Realty
  • Patton Brothers Collision Repair
  • Piedmont Athens Regional
  • Synovus Bank
  • Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider, & Stien

  Professional Contributions: 
  • Amplify/Nuci’s Space (recording time)
  • Five Points Bottle Shop (reception)
  • Japanski Recording Studio (recording time)
  • Jason Thrasher (Photography)
  • Mike White (Videography)
  • Southern Brewery (reception)

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



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