“The Contest is a pretext for giving choirs and singers the opportunity to perform their pieces in a friendly educationally-oriented environment.”
Stefania Mauro – Artistic Director


The competition is reserved for Gospel Choirs and Singers (not single soloists). Each application must include the following attached documentation:

–> Contest Application Form downloadable from this web page.

–> Consent to the processing of personal data and consent to take photos / video.

–> A video contribution with either an acappella or an instrumental piece.

The registration request can be made through:

Downloading registration form here for Choirs and Singers – not single soloists.

Send everything by e-mail to: info@festivalgospelmontegrotto.com

The Organizing Committee will evaluate the technical (i.e. intonation, sound quality) and artistic value (interpretation, authenticity and adherence to Gospel performances) of the videos received and will select the participants to the Contest.

Registration for 2024 Edition Contest is closed.

Choirs and Singers that have not been selected for the gospel competition are still allowed to participate to the collateral activities and workshops of the Festival.


The choir or singer selected for the contest must provide:

– Name list of choir components.

– n. 2 photo of the choir.

– (optional) A video contribution lasting about 2 minutes in which the participating group motivates participation to the festival. The contribution will be published on the social channels of the event.


We are aware of the difficult period that the all world is going through. We have witnessed the impressive impact this pandemic has had on current and upcoming events around the world. It is often the associative life of many choral realities that has payed the price. We are nevertheless faithful to the message of hope that Gospel music gives us. We want to achieve our main goal and that is to get together and sing other hearts out.

The registered choirs selected for the Festival are subject to payment of 30 euro per person for organization costs.

The payment can be made by bank transfer to the following coordinates:
– IBAN: IT95B0863163910000001023350
– Bank: BancaTER Credito Cooperativo
– Reason: release of the inscription ”The 2024 EFGM contest”.


The total time of the performance has to be 30 minutes, including the time for going on to the stage and leaving the stage. Penalty will be three points less every two minutes in excess.

Information about the songs (title, length, music scores, name of composer, text writer, copyrights owner, etc.) must be sent to the Organizing Committee by the downloadable form provided on the website of the Festival and sent to the Organizing Committee.

There will be one song in common which has to be included in the repertoire: Go down Moses. Each choir can choose to perform it in the version they prefer.

Choirs and singers may perform a-cappella or with accompaniment. In case of accompaniment, the choir must provide their own musicians. The festival organizer will provide instruments, namely bass, guitar, drums, keyboard, free of charge. Other instruments will not be supplied (availability of a keyboard subject to demand during rehearsals).

Choirs and singers will be evaluated by international acknowledged choral experts. The following items will be evaluated:

The decision of the jury cannot be contested.

Download here the complete rules of Montegrotto Terme European Gospel Festival 2024.


All the choirs will receive a certificate of participation. The choir with the highest score becomes the competition Winner will be awarded with a cash prize of € 2.000. A special public choice award of € 1.000 will be awarded by a popular jury.


Choirs and singers selected for the contest will be allowed to participate to the 2-day workshop organized with prestigious international artists.

Choirs and singers not selected for the contest will otherwise be allowed to participate to this prestigious event.