Songwriter Showcase


The Songwriter Showcase is a coveted opportunity to shine the spotlight on ten talented songwriters during IBMA World of Bluegrass. Selected writers will perform one original song each for an audience of some of the best bluegrass artists and producers in the industry. This year’s Songwriter Showcase will take place on Thursday, October 1, 2020 during the IBMA Business Conference.

Application Process

Applications opens March 2021. Up to 10 songwriters (or songwriting teams) will be invited to showcase. Songs are chosen through a juried selection process that takes into consideration the applicant’s quality of work and appeal to bluegrass audiences. The applicant does NOT have to be an IBMA member, but he/she/they MUST be willing to perform the song live. In addition to general 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 deadline is March 31.

Application Deadlines & Fees

Online application for the 2020 IBMA Songwriter Showcase is now closed. Next year’s application will open in March 2021. 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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