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AmericanaFest FAQs

General FAQs:

This is my first time attending. Any advice?

We've put together a handy First Timer's Guide to give you a brief overview of what to expect at our one-of-a-kind event.

Where can I stay?

Click here to find your hotel with Curadora.

May I volunteer for AmericanaFest?

Possibly. If you a music industry professional, we encourage you to purchase a conference registration to get the most out of AMERICANAFEST℠. If you love music and want to help us out then please apply at


Nightly Showcase FAQs:

I am 17 years old. May I go to a show at an 18+ or 21+ venue if I am with my parents?

City Winery Nashville, The Family Wash, Music City Roots, and Communion Presents at The Anchor are all ages. 3rd and Lindsley and The Station Inn welcome you with your parents. Third Man Records, The Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom and The High Watt are 18+ venues regardless of parental accompaniment. The 5 Spot, The Basement and Basement East have strict 21+ age policies. These venues are “bar settings” and do not allow minors to attend, regardless of parental accompaniment. They are unable to negotiate on this point.

Are the venues accessible for mobility disabilities?

Yes, all venues are accessible and ADA compliant. 3rd and Lindsley, ACME, City Winery, The Family Wash, and Station Inn have large seated areas. We recommend arriving early to the venue if this is a requirement for you as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is there a shuttlebus?

Yes. All AmericanaFest attendees are invited to use the bus, which travels from the conference hotel to all participating venues in a continuous loop.


Wristband FAQs:

What does my wristband entitle me to?

Wristband wearers may attend ALL evening showcases at ALL participating venues ALL nights. In the event of a line, laminate badge holders do have priority access.

Can I buy tickets for individual showcases?

Yes. However, tickets for individual showcases are $20-25. You only have access to that one venue. In the event of a line, priority goes to laminate badge wearers, then wristband wearers, then individual ticket holders.

How do I purchase a wristband?

Wristbands will be available for purchase at a later date at the Mercy Lounge and the registration desk at the conference center. Wristbands will NOT be mailed to you.

Where do I pick up my wristband?

Wristbands ordered through Ticket Web on will be available for pick up at the Cannery Row complex. Wristbands will NOT be mailed to you.

Will wristbands sell out if I don’t buy them in advance?

Probably not, but the possibility exists.

Are wristbands refundable?


Can I get into the award show with a wristband?


Will I receive an email confirming that my wristband purchase was made?

Yes. We ask that you bring it with you.

What happens if I lose my wristband?

You will need to buy another one.

Does my wristband guarantee entry to the venues?

Yes, in most cases. In the event of a line, laminate badge wearers have priority access. If there is a show you just cannot miss, we suggest you arrive to the venue prior to the first showcase of that night.

Will wristbands be mailed to me?

NO! If you purchased your wristband through Mercy Lounge's Ticket Web, then you will need to pick it up at Mercy Lounge.


Conference Registration FAQs:

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 registration badge is all you need. You may purchase wristbands for guests when they become available at, 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 following times and locations.

2017 Registration Desk Hours:
Tuesday, September 12 Noon - 10:00 PM (The Basement Nashville)
Wednesday, September 13 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Westin) 5:00 – 8:00 PM (Ryman Auditorium)
Thursday, September 14 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Westin Hotel)
Friday, September 15 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Westin Hotel)
Saturday, September 16 10:00AM - 2:00PM (Westin Hotel)

Are conference registrations refundable or transferable?

The Americana Music Association does not offer refunds under any cirumstance, but we will gladly transfer your registration to the following year. You may also place your registration in someone else’s name. Also note that discount codes must be used at time of purchase and are not retroactive.

Will my registration information be shared with other registrants?

Yes. When you register you are given the option to have your name and email published. 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 $500. 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.

My partner and I share an email address. Will this cause problems with invite only events?

Yes, it will. Invitations to these events are sent to the registrant email addresses that we have on file, and constitute only one RSVP per address. Please create a unique email address for each attendee so that you do not miss out on any of these events. There is nothing we can do if an event fills to capacity.

I think I accidentally opted out of the Americana mailing list. Will I still receive invitations to the invite only events?

No, you won't. You may opt back in by joining our email list here. You will receive an email asking you to confirm this.