LAAF 2023 Scholastic Competition Submission

Dates to Remember

  • December 5, 2022: Submission deadline.
  • February 19, 2023: LAAF 2022 Competition.

LAAF 2023 Competition Format

1 Round as follows: 10 minutes

Theme: Reflection & Re-Invention

We all just survived a major disruption to the lives and lifestyles we were familiar with. Now that we are (more or less) re-opened, we’re finding our way back to the things we used to know and do. But it’s not as simple as just returning, is it? We’ve re-emerged, but into a changed world where the political, social, and cultural climates of the last few years have changed us, shifted our perspectives, and given us an awareness we didn’t have before.

In 10 minutes, we want to see and hear your story, your reflection of the journey you've been on the last few years, and how you've re-invented yourself, making your art reflect who you are today.

CHALLENGE FOR YOUR SET - B-Sides / Re-invented Arrangement

Within your set, our judges would like to see an identifiable portion, whether that be an entire song, a defined moment, or part of a larger composition, that highlights a piece that may not be an artist’s most popular work (a B-Side), or re-imagines something we know and love in a way that makes us reconsider what it means.


Groups are eligible to apply for the 2023 LAAF Scholastic Competition if they are made up entirely of full-time students OR are a recognized student group affiliated with a high school, college or university and adhere to college/university student group bylaws. Groups that are formed with the intention to earn a profit, provide mentorship and coaching, or otherwise seek to book headlining performances are not qualified to apply for the scholastic competition, but are encouraged to engage the LAAF production team for other opportunities. All questions regarding this rule should be directed to a LAAF 2023 producer.

Here’s what we are looking for from you:
It can be in rehearsal, in concert, on the street corner or in your garage — we just need to see enough a cappella to know your particular musical version of awesome. However, you’re more than welcome to use some of your time to tell us why you should be selected for the LAAF competition! This video should be a genuine representation of your group, so show us what makes you different! If you only need one song to do so — so be it. However, as this is an all-voices competition, your music submissions must be a cappella, and the video has to be of members from this school year (the 2022-2023 school year). Furthermore, all submissions must have unedited/raw audio so as to reflect the clearest version of the sound that you will bring to the competition should you be selected; remember, there’s no Melodyne in a live performance! All arrangements and material will be considered. Video submissions over 10 minutes and with any form of post-production could be docked/disqualified by the Selection Committee. Remember that they are your ticket into the competition so consider the viewer experience when submitting! It’s time to put your best foot forward.

The Selection Committee is a random selection of experienced A cappella judges (some from ICCA), professionals, and enthusiasts from around the country. Neither the Competition Judges nor the LAAF Producers are part of the Selection Committee to ensure as fair a competition process as possible.
Make sure that you title the video ‘LAAF 2023 Scholastic Competition – (Insert your group name here)’, and make sure to use the video info section of the uploader to indicate your school, title/arranger for each song on the recording, and a roster of those appearing in the video. You do not have to record the songs that you’ll be competing with, but it will not hurt your chances. Again, the Selection Committee is different from the Competition Judges and the latter won’t see your work until you step onto the LAAF stage. It is wise to set your video as private/unlisted, but not required.

Make sure to include all requested information and paste in a link to your YouTube video. Your group's info and video link will be sent to a diverse committee that will choose the six groups.

You will be notified when you are able to purchase your group’s LAAF Weekend Passes. Please note: YOUR GROUP MUST PURCHASE ALL-ACCESS PASSES FOR ALL ATTENDING MEMBERS TO BE CONSIDERED TO COMPETE. SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS. All tickets are non-refundable, so make sure you have your ducks in a row before you buy.




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Group Contact Name*
This person will be the point of contact for all communications between the Competition Director and your group.
Please make sure to submit an "Unlisted" link to your video on YouTube.
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