44th Annual Conference – Storytelling Competition

Kansas City, Missouri
28 February - 4 March 2018

Tell Us A Story!

Join us for a little Storytelling Competition, where YOU, our wonderful members, compete! Use the following questions (which will also hopefully stimulate conversation) to fashion a 5-minute story to share with the other barbeque attendees. Kansas City’s own Chuck Haddix, UMKC Marr Sound Archives director and host of the popular radio show “The Fish Fry,” will emcee the event. We have awesome SAM swag to award to the best storytellers!

Starter Questions

Storytelling Guidelines & Details

The following questions will be provided at the barbeque and throughout the conference. We hope that these questions will spur conversation during the dinner between people at each table. During the main course, we will collect the names of people who would like to participate in the story-telling part of the evening. We will draw some names from the hat, and these people will each tell their SAM story (based on the questions) after the main course and during dessert.

Stories need to be 5 minutes long, max. We will have a timer that will warn you when 4 minutes are up and you have a minute left. Just like with conference papers, we will have to cut you off at 5 minutes. After all the stories are told, everyone at the banquet will vote on their top three SAM stories. You are competing for highly coveted SAM swag, so please participate!

Kansas City’s own Chuck Haddix will be emceeing the event. Chuck is the UMKC Marr Sound Archives director, and he hosts the popular radio show The Fish Fry, which explores jazz music of all kinds, on Friday and Saturday nights on our local NPR station, KCUR.

Your stories can be funny or heart-wrenching, inspirational or depressing--we’ll take anything! Variety is the name of the game in these story-telling contests, and we look forward to hearing you sharing your experiences as members of the Society for American Music.

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