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El Mariachi Canta Competition

MSA Annex
267 S. Avenida del Convento

Request for Proposal

The Board of Directors for the annual Tucson International Mariachi Conference is now accepting proposals for this
year’s El Mariachi Canta event to accompany the 9 finalist and 3 winners. The 2024 El Mariachi Canta will be held at
the MSA Annex in Tucson, Arizona and will take place on May 1st, Canta winners will also be featured at the TIMC
Garibaldi event on Saturday, May 4th. Details and RFP requirements can be downloaded (HERE), any questions can
be sent to

El Mariachi Canta Vocal Competition

The final round of vocal competition features a performance by Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez! There is no cost to registered participants. Tickets to attend this concert event are only $20.




Submission (Round 1) Guidelines

  • Video submission due Sunday March 24 by midnight
  • Three categories: Grades 3-8, Grades 9-12 and Open Community (Post high school and older)
  • Grades 3-12 contestants submitting for the vocal contest MUST BE paid registrants of the 2024 Tucson International Mariachi Conference PRIOR to submission. Open Community guest – TIMC registration is not required.
  • Open Community contestants must be available to compete for live performance in Tucson, AZ on Wednesday May 1st and Saturday May 4th (if selected).  TIMC registration not required
  • Contestants must submit ONE standard mariachi song from the following categories:
    • Son
    • Huapango
    • Ranchero
    • Bolero
  • Upload videos and send to
    IMPORTANT: record video (using phone or camera); upload to YOUR personal YouTube channel; make the video as ‘Unlisted – anyone with link can view’ so that it’s not public; copy link and e-mail to
  • Limit of 4 minutes per song
  • NO KEY CHANGES after submission. Contestants must sing in the same key as submitted entry.
  • Potpourris excluded from submission
  • El Mariachi Canta competitors selected remotely by panel of judges

Finalist selection will be awarded from the video submissions and announced on Friday April 5th.  Each category will have 3 finalists that will compete live on stage Wednesday, May 1st.  Awarded finalist will perform the same song submitted and a scheduled rehearsal will be set for all finalists in Tucson. Each winner of the three categories (Grades 3 – 8, Grades 9 – 12 and Open Community) will also be a featured performer on Saturday May 4th at the Garibaldi Showcase.

Final Round at the MSA Annex: 267 S. Avenida del Convento, Wednesday May 1, 2024 at 6:00pm.  Tickets will be on sale for $20 through the link below.

Mariachi Sol De Mexico de Jose Hernandez will perform at the Final Round after announcing the Category Winners.

We can only guarantee the authenticity of tickets bought from the TCC box office or or any links provided on this site.  Our authorized ticket vendor is Eventbrite.
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