<<The emerging artist showcase should be open to all residents of the planet Earth, maybe aliens, too!>>
i think you may have missed my point - what i mean to say is that emerging artists should be "emerging" - not those who have been around for a while, produced several CDs, and who are relatively well know. however, i allowed for a possible exception - a regional artist who may be well know in let's say florida or california but who is unknown to northeastern audiences - and i even have qualms about that.
what do we mean by "emerging?" we have had people like heaton and speace this year, kate mcdonnell, edie carey, don conoscenti, and many other seasoned performers in the past. to me, they are not "emerging."
if you want to make everyone eligible, then call it a singer-songwriter competition, not an emerging artist showcase.