Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2017 - Troubadour Competition

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 Booking 10 Sonicbids bands

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival will be selecting up to 10 Sonicbids artists for their annual Troubadour Competition. Finalists are awarded cash and prizes, and a chance to perform on the festival main stage on Saturday evening.

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

The Opportunity

The Telluride Troubadour competition is a nationally recognized songwriting contest that has taken place in conjunction with the Telluride Bluegrass Festival since 1991. This year's event will take place June 15-18, 2017 in Telluride, CO. Troubadours perform June 15-18 in Elks Park, and the winner performs June 17th on the Main Stage.

Artists may submit up to 2 songs each. Songs must be entered in separate submissions. Contestants are judged on composition, vocal and instrumental delivery, and overall performance. 

Previous Winners Include:
Cosy Sheridan (1992), LJ Booth (1995), Michael Lille (1996), Jonathan Kingham (1997), Eugene Ruffolo (1998), Libby Kirkpatrick (1999), Mary Coppin (2000), Kris Delmhorst (2001), Deb Talan (2002), Rachel Davis (2003), Brian Joseph (2004), Keith Greeninger (2005), Nels Andrews (2006), Gregory Allen Isokov (2007), and more

The Band

  • The competition is open to solo performers who write and perform original music and are not signed to a major label or a publishing deal
  • Acceptable styles include singer-songwriter, americana, folk, pop, and bluegrass
  • Songwriting entries must be entirely written by the entering songwriter. Sorry, no co-writes
  • This is a solo singer-songwriter contest, submissions should showcase the songwriter as the lead vocalist
  • Songwriters are highly encouraged to submit new & different songs for the Telluride Troubadour and Folks Showcase contests. New songs will be given preference by the panel of judges

The Gig


Additional Compensation Details:
  • Finalists are awarded cash and prizes, and a chance to perform on the festival main stage on Saturday evening  
  • Each finalist also receives a 4-day Town Park camping pass, an "in the round" performance slot, performance coaching, and a KOTO-FM live radio slot during the festival