Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 2017 - Songwriter Showcase

Posted by:  Planet Bluegrass  | When:  –  | Where: Planet Bluegrass, 500 West Main Street, Lyons, Colorado, USA

 Booking 10 Sonicbids bands

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The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival will select up to 10 Sonicbids artists for this year's festival. Selected artists will be awarded cash and prizes, and special performance opportunities.

Special Early Pricing:
Submissions Dec 1 - Dec 15, 2016: $5 USD
Submissions Dec 16 - Final Deadline: $10 USD

The Opportunity

The Songwriter Showcase is a nationally recognized songwriter competition that takes place during the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, at the scenic Planet Bluegrass Ranch along the banks of the St. Vrain River in Lyons, Colorado. 10,000 people attend Rocky Mountain Folks Festival during the course of their three-day event.

Artists may enter up to 2 songs each. Songs must be entered in separate submissions. Contestants are judged on the quality of the song's composition, vocal delivery, and overall performance.

Sponsors include Taylor Guitars and ASCAP.

Past 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, and more

The Band

  • The competition is open to
    solo performers who write and sing original music
  • Artists who enter cannot be signed to
    a major label or publishing deal
  • Acceptable styles include
    singer-songwriter, Americana, folk, pop, and bluegrass
  • Submissions must be entirely written by the entering songwriter. Sorry, no co-writes 
  • Submissions should showcase the songwriter as the lead vocalist
  • Songwriters are highly encouraged to submit new and different songs for this contest. New songs will be given preference by the panel of judges

The Gig


  • Interested artists can find complete competition rules here.
Additional Compensation Details:
  • Finalists will receive a camping/festival pass, and will perform on the Wildflower Pavilion Stage 
  • The contest winner will perform a full main stage set festival at the 2018 festival