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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?

Visit our Travel & Lodging page for details on our host hotel and other travel information.

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 www.americanamusic.org/volunteer.

Do you have a Refund Policy?

Yes, you can view it here.

Is there a printer-friendly schedule for AMERICANAFEST℠?

Yes. Once the schedule is released, it will be viewable here. The page is printer-friendly.

 

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?

The Westin, City Winery Nashville, The Family Wash, Music City Roots, Musicians Corner, Soulshine Pizza Factory and The Anchor are all ages. 3rd and Lindsley and The Station Inn welcome youth under 18 with their 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, Basement East, The Country, and 12th & Porter have strict 21+ age policies. ACME Feed & Seed is 21+ after 6pm. 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, conference registrant badge holders do have priority access.

Can I buy tickets for individual showcases?

Possibly. Tickets are sold at the door on the night of the show, if capacity allows. However, tickets for a majority of individual showcases are $20-25, and you only have access to that one venue. 

How do I purchase a wristband?

Wristbands will be available for purchase online in late spring 2018, at the registration desk during the week of AMERICANAFEST℠, at select Nashville retailers and at select participating venues. Wristbands will NOT be mailed to you.

Where do I pick up my wristband?

Locations and times for wristband pick-up will be announced in late spring 2018. Wristbands will NOT be mailed to you and will only be available for pick up during the week of AMERICANAFEST℠.

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

Probably not, but the possibility exists. As our event continues to grow, each year we are getting closer to sell-out.

Are wristbands refundable?

No. View our Refund Policy here.

Can I get into the Honors & Awards show with a wristband?

No. Honors & Awards tickets are only available for purchase to conference registrants. If you would like to attend the Honors & Awards, you will need to purchase a conference registration instead of a wristband.

Can I get into events labeled as "Separate Ticketed Event" with a wristband?

No, but you do have the option to purchase tickets to these events (excluding the Honors & Awards show).

What happens if I lose my wristband?

You will need to buy another one.

Does my wristband provide entry to the nightly showcase venues?

Yes, in most cases. In the event of a line, conference registrant badge holders have priority access, followed by wristband holders. Venues often reach capacity, depending on venue size and line up. 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! Locations and times for wristband pick-up will be announced in late Spring 2018.

 

Conference Registration FAQs:

Why should I attend the conference?

If you work in the industry, the Americana conference is an opportunity to meet with other 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.

If you're a fan, the Americana conference is an opportunity to hear from the artists and professionals who spend their lives making the music you love. It's an opportunity to take a peek behind the curtain and meet others who share your passion. 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 badge, which entitles the wearer to attend all sanctioned events during the day at the host hotel, as well as off-site events, including all evening showcases. Each attendee receives one goody bag and one conference program guide. You also have the option to purchase up to TWO Honors & Awards Show tickets. Conference registrants receive priority access over wristband holders at evening showcases. 

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 here, at the Americana registration desk during the conference, at select Nashville retailers and at select participating venues.

How do I purchase Honors & Awards show tickets?

At this time only conference registrants may purchase tickets (limit to two per registrant). Conference registrants will be notified via email when Honors & Awards tickets go on on sale. No tickets will be available for sale to the general public.

Can I get into events labeled as "Seperate Ticketed Event" with a conference registration badge?

No, but you do have the option to purchase tickets to these events. 

Where do I pick up my conference credentials?

You may pick up your conference credentials at the following times and locations. 

2018 Registration Desk Hours:
Tuesday, September 11 – 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Location TBD)
Wednesday, September 12 – 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Westin Hotel). 5:00 - 8:00 PM (Ryman Auditorium)
Thursday, September 13 – 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Westin Hotel)
Friday, September 14 – 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Westin Hotel)
Saturday, September 15 – 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 by notifying us before August 15, 2018. Also note that discount codes must be used at time of purchase and are not retroactive. View our entire Refund Policy here.

Will my registration information be shared with other registrants?

Yes. When you register you are given the option to have your name published. You may opt out if you wish. Registrant email addresses will never be shared.

Does my conference registration badge guarantee access to the showcase venues?

Yes, in most cases. In the event of a line, conference registrant badge holders have priority access, followd by wristband holders. Venues often reach capacity, depending on venue size and line up. 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 conference registration badge?

You don’t want that to happen. The replacement fee is $500. No exceptions.

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.