Performing as a Paid Songwriter

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The Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festivals are the Place for Songwriters to be heard and gather with other songwriters.

Are you interested in performing as a Rising Star songwriter at the one of our festivals to share your creativity and music with our audiences.? We hire a handful of new songwriters each year to play our festivals along with returning songwriters and songwriters that are identified through our songwriting contest and Master Class.

We hire two levels of songwriters for our festival. Our hit songwriters write primarily for country music stars. The criteria to play on this stage is to have written one or more #one hit songs. Past performers include, Brett Jones, Wynn Varble, Kostas (Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame), Tony Lane, Karen Staley, Randy Montana, Chuck Cannon, and Even Stevens (Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame) among others.

Our Rising Stars are hired to play in the pubs and restaurants during the festival. These are in a songwriter round format with two to three songwriters. Each show is an hour 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 our mountain communities of Montana and Wyoming.

We are looking for songwriters who are making a significant portion of their income from performing their own written songs. We also look for songwriters that have a significant presence on social media, facebook, Spotify, instagram and a dedicated website.

We do not hire songwriters through bookers or management companies. If you are obligated to a management company we encourage you to pay them their booking fees but understand we only accept applications from the songwriters themselves.

Our lineup of songwriters are full for 2022. If you are interested in being considered as one of our Rising Star Songwriters in 2023, please send a CD of your original music and bio to:

Mike Booth
Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festivals
P.O. Box 830
Red Lodge, Montana 59068

Thanks for your interest.

Other Ways to Participate

There are lots of opportunities to participate in the Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festivals. Our tagline is “Where the Songwriters Meet.” In 2021, more than 100 songwriters were directly involved with our festivals and many more attended as fans. In addition to joining us as a hired songwriter, there are other ways to get involved.

No matter what your ability or status, there is a place for you at the Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festivals. We have classes for you to hone your songwriting skills, a songwriting contest to see how your composition stacks up with others and opportunities to play for pay. Many of our Rising Star songwriters were introduced to us by participating in our songwriting contest and master class.

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