HARTFORD — Time is fast running out for those who want to nominate someone for the position of Connecticut state troubadour.

The nomination deadline is noon on Monday, Feb. 5.

The honorary position of Connecticut state troubadour was established in 1991 by the legislature. The state troubadour serves as an “ambassador of music and song” and promotes cultural literacy.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts appoints an individual resident singer-songwriter as state troubadour based on the recommendation of a review panel. The winner will be announced in late March.

Applicants to the state troubadour position must first be nominated by a Connecticut resident. After being nominated, applicants must submit a formal application by Monday, March 5.

The troubadour selected by the panel will serve from May 1, 2018 through April 1, 2020.

An individual singer-songwriter must be nominated and deemed eligible to apply. Nominations must be emailed to bonnie.koba@ct.gov no later than 12 noon on Monday, Feb. 5.

Nominators must provide the following:

Nominator's name and contact information (street address, city, state, zip, phone & email)

Contact information for the nominee (name, street address, city, state, zip, phone and email)

A formal letter of support — up to one page maximum. Eligible nominees will receive an email inviting them to apply.

Prospective nominees must:

Be Connecticut resident singer-songwriters with a minimum performance history of five years

Have composed and performed at least one song that promotes Connecticut

Be a full-time Connecticut resident for at least the five years prior to application deadline

Display excellent musicianship and experience in singing and songwriting

Be professionally active and available to travel and perform in a variety of educational and community settings

Nominees will be deemed ineligible if they’re students enrolled in degree-granting institution and have been a previous Connecticut state troubadour.

For more information, visit the website http://www.ct.gov/cct/cwp/view.asp?a=3933&q=293748.