Songwriter Showcase Application Information

The Songwriter Showcase is a coveted opportunity at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, where we shine a spotlight on ten selected songwriters (or songwriting teams). These writers will perform one original bluegrass song each for an audience of some of the best bluegrass artists and producers in the industry. Bluegrass is a music of high standards, and its growth and development is fueled by the creative output of great songwriters! This year’s Songwriter Showcase will take place on Thursday, September 28, during World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC.

Application Process

Up to 10 songwriters (or songwriting teams) will be invited in 2017.  Songs are chosen through a juried selection process that takes into consideration the applicant’s quality of work and appeal to bluegrass audiences. Applicant MUST be willing to perform the song live. Applicant does NOT have to be an IBMA member. In addition to general applicant information, the following materials will be needed to complete the application:

  • Name, email, hi-res photo (at least 150 dpi), and bio of each songwriter credited on the song
  • One demo recording of the song (mp3 format only)
  • Lyrics for the song (PDF only)


***One song per entry, limit two entries***

Application Deadlines & Fees

Online application for the IBMA Songwriter Showcase will open on March 10, 2017 and must be submitted by MARCH 31, 2017.  There is no application fee.  However, if selected, applicant is required to register for the IBMA Business Conference in order to participate.

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