About the Conference

Americana Music Festival & Conference 2016
September 20th - 25th
Nashville, TN

“The coolest music scene today.”The New York Times

Each year, the Americana Music Festival & Conference brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars and industry professionals for four days of music and education. Our event will take place September 20-25, 2016, gathering thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN.

The Americana Music Conference features numerous panels, seminars and much more, proudly providing Nashville's most educational music industry forum. This special event covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all enthusiastically attended and presented by music industry leaders.

Conference Registrants are invited to attend all events during the Americana Music Festival & Conference.

Daytime conference activities and sessions are held at our host hotel. Click here to view hotel information and room rates.

Evening showcases are held at nine prestigious downtown music venues. Click here to view directions to the venues.

Simply put, the Americana Conference has something for anyone who's passionate about music. Click here to see the schedule.



Why should I attend the conference?
The Americana conference is an opportunity to meet with industry professionals in a relaxed yet festive environment. It’s an opportunity to sit in on the many panel discussions, covering many facets of the music business. It’s an opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

You may purchase a conference registration here.

Do I have to be a member in order to attend the conference?
No, but members do receive a discount.

What comes with a conference registration?
Each conference registration receives a laminate badge; which entitles the wearer to attend all sanctioned events during the day at the conference center as well as off-site events, including all evening showcases. Each attendee receives a goody bag and program guide. You also have the option to purchase up to TWO Honors & Awards Show tickets.

Are conference day passes available?
There is no day pass option available. We encourage you to take advantage of our early bird registration rates.

Do I need a wristband if I purchased a conference registration?
No, your laminate badge is all you need. You may purchase wristbands for guests when they become available at mercylounge.com, at the Americana registration desk during the conference, local retailers and participating venues.

Do I need to purchase an award show ticket for myself if I purchased a conference registration?
Yes. If you plan to bring a guest to the award show, we encourage you to purchase a second ticket at the time of registration. This will ensure that you and your guest are seated together.

How do I purchase additional award show tickets?
At this time only conference registrants may purchase tickets (limit two) at the time of their conference registration purchase. No tickets will be available for sale to the general public. 

Where do I pick up my conference credentials?
You may pick up your conference credentials at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel September 20-23, or at the Ryman Auditorium September 20 from 5-7.

Are conference registrations refundable or transferable?
The Americana Music Association does not offer refunds, but we will gladly transfer your registration to the following year. You may also place your registration in someone else’s name.

Will my registration information be shared with other registrants?
Yes. You may opt out if you wish.

Does my laminate badge guarantee access to the showcase venues?
Yes, in most cases. In the event of a line, laminate badge wearers have priority access, followed by wristband wearers and single ticket holders. If there is a show you just cannot miss, we suggest you arrive to the venue prior to the first showcase of that night.

What happens if I lose my laminate badge?
You don’t want that to happen. The replacement fee is $550. No exceptions.

Will I receive a confirmation letter indicating a purchase was made?
Yes. We ask that you bring the letter with you when you retrieve your credentials.

Is there a shuttle bus?
Yes. It travels a regular circuit from the conference center to all of the showcase venues.