Now accepting submissions for the 2019 contest!

Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase

2018 Songwriter Showcase finalists on stage
(photo Benko Photographics)
2018 Songwriter Showcase finalists on stage
(photo Benko Photographics)

The Songwriter Showcase is our nationally-recognized singer-songwriter competition, open to anyone who writes and performs original music, and who is not currently signed to a major recording or publishing deal. Contestants are judged on the quality of the song’s composition, vocal delivery, and the overall performance.

Past showcase finalists include Erica Wheeler, Don Conoscenti, Karen Pernick, Deb Talan, Dan Sheridan, Dee Carstensen, Mitch Barrett, Sarah Sample, Chuck E. Costa, Liz Longley, Megan Burtt, Caleb Hawley, Robby Hecht, Caroline Spence, Connor Garvey, Ben Shannon, Korby Lenker, Heather Mae, and 2018 winner Kira Small.

Entering the 2019 Songwriter Showcase

We will begin accepting entries for the 2019 Songwriter Showcase from December 3, 2018 thru May 31, 2019. Limit of 2 songs per person.

The 2019 songs may be submitted in 2 ways:

2019 Songwriter Showcase Schedule

2019 Songwriter Showcase Prizes

In addition, all 10 of the Showcase Finalists will receive a 3-day pass with on-site camping for the Folks Festival, as well as a spot in one of the Songwriter in-the-round sets in the Wildflower Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival.

2019 Showcase Rules and Guidelines


2018 Showcase Finalists

2017 Showcase winner Heather Mae(photo Lewis Cooper)
2017 Showcase winner Heather Mae
(photo Lewis Cooper)

A huge congratulations to our 2018 Songwriter Showcase winner Kira Small! Kira will be performing a full set on the main stage at the 2019 Rocky Mtn Folks Festival! Congrats to each of these top 5 finalists as chosen by our judges after their performances on the Folks Festival main stage on August 17:

  1. Kira Small (Nashville, TN)
  2. Emily Scott Robinson (Greensboro, NC)
  3. Jackson Emmer (Carbondale, CO)
  4. Frankie Zwick (Nashville, TN)
  5. Ira Wolf (Nashville, TN)

Congratulations to the other 5 finalists in the 2018 Songwriter Showcase:

Check out the Soundcloud stream of songs from all 10 of the 2018 finalists.

Thanks to our Songwriter Showcase partners...

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