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The FMEA Crossover Festival is an annual event that celebrates students as makers of music from popular music genres such as rock, alternative, blues, pop, R&B, hip hop, funk, folk, indie rock, electronic dance music, country, rap, punk, soul, metal, Southern rock, Latin, new age, reggae, etc.

The 2021 event will be held during the FMEA Professional Development Conference. Date, time, and location are yet to be announced. 

Submission Process

  • All Florida students in grades K-12 are eligible to participate. Students must, however, be nominated by an FMEA member teacher. The nominating teacher of each selected submission must attend the Festival.
  • Any student can be involved in no more than two submissions.
  • Individual teachers can nominate up to three different submissions.
  • Ensembles of two or more students may apply. Also, solo acoustic songwriter/performers may also apply (songwriters using digital instruments must apply for the Digital Music Showcase instead)
  • To apply, submissions must include URL addresses (from YouTube, Vimeo, TeacherTube, etc.) to video recordings of two pieces; at lease one must be an original. Make sure videos are set to Public or Unlisted (available to anyone with the link) but not Private.
  • 10 minutes maximum total performance time.
  • The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m., EST November 9, 2020. Only applications completed by this time will be considered.
  • Submissions selected for participation will be notified by November 16, 2020. Students who are selected for participation at the annual FMEA Professional Development Conference will be expected to register for the Conference and participate in Crossover activities throughout the entire event.
  • Entry Fee: $20.00 per student. 

Teachers whose submissions are selected for participation will be notified by November 16, 2020. Please note, all students in selected submissions are expected to participate in Crossover activities throughout the entire event.

Selected students will perform their two pieces (10 minute time limit, and at least one piece must be an original) and then receive a 15-20 minute clinic with one or more clinicians.

A jam session including all participants, teachers, and clinicians will occur at the close of the festival.

Crossover Music Festival Application