Performing as a Paid Songwriter

    The Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festivals - The Place for Songwriters to Gather

    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 at our songwriting showcase and/or master class.

    We hire two levels of songwriters for our festival.  Our hit songwriters write for country music stars.  The criteria to play on this stage is to have written one or more #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 one of our festivals? Our Rising Stars are hired to play in the various pubs and restaurants in town. These shows are in a song-swap format with two to three other 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 our mountain communities of Montana and Wyoming.

    Our 2022 Festivals are:

    Yellowstone Songwriter Festival September 8-10, 2022 in Cody Wyoming

    Red Lodge Songwriter Festival June 23-25, 2022 in Red Lodge Montana

    Whitefish Songwriter Festival September 15-17, 2022 in Whitefish, Montana

    If you are interested in being one of our Rising Star Songwriters, 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 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:

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