The Red Lodge Songwriter Festival is the Place for Songwriters to Meet
No matter what your ability or status, there is a place for you at the Red Lodge Songwriter Festival in Red Lodge, Montana. We have classes for you to hone your songwriting skills from industry experts, a songwriting contest to see how your composition stacks up with others and opportunities to play for pay.
We hire two levels of songwriters for our festival. Our hit songwriters tend to write for country music stars. The criteria to play on this stage is you have to have written one or more number one hit songs. Past performers include, Wynn Varble, Kostas, Tony Lane, Hugh Prestwood, and Even Stevens among others.
Are you interested in performing as a Rising Star songwriter at the 5th Annual Red Lodge Songwriter Festival in 2021? Our Rising Stars are hired to play in the various pubs and restaurants in town. These are in a song-swap format with two to three songwriters. Each show is an hour and fifteen minutes in length. You will likely play in a different venue with different songwriters each day. We pay our Rising Star songwriters a set talent fee for performing shows on a combination of days—Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We do not pay expenses. The fee is reflective of the experience of playing at our festival and enjoying Montana.
We believe your songwriting and performances have significant value, because of that belief all of our shows are ticketed shows. If you play venues in and around Red Lodge that do not charge a cover charge or ticket for admission you have set the price to listen to your performances and that price is free. We have found hiring performers that our fan base can easily see the weekend before or after for free undermines the value of our shows and performers.
If you are interested in being one of our Rising Star songwriters at the 5th Annual RLSWF, June 24-26, 2021 or the 2nd Annual Whitefish Songwriter Festival September 18-20, 2021 please send a CD of your original music and bio to:
Thanks for your interest.
Other Ways to Participate
There are lots of opportunities to participate in the Red Lodge Songwriter Festival. Our tagline is “Where the Songwriters Meet.” In 2019, more than 50 songwriters were directly involved with the festival and many more a part of it. In addition to joining us as a featured songwriter, there are other ways to get involved: