How to Submit

AmericanaFest 2016
September 20th - 25th
Nashville, TN

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2016 How to Submit FAQ

2016 Showcase Selection Process and Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do I have to submit my materials for consideration for the 2016 Festival?

Please read all the FAQs below before submitting.  Members of the Americana Music Association may submit for free via postal mail by downloading the application that will be available. We invite all others to join our association or submit using our digital platform.

When will I be notified as to the status of my submission?

All applicants will be notified by email of the decision on or before Friday, June 24th 2016. Due to high volume, please do not contact the office asking about the status of your application.

How do I know the Americana Music Association received my materials?

You will receive an email once your application has been processed, which can be up to 10 business days from the date it's received.

How much does it cost to submit?

Members of the Americana Music Association can submit for free via postal mail. We invite all non-member artists to either join the Americana Music Association for $35, or submit using our digital platform created by Populr for a small fee of $25.

I am a member in good standing of the Americana Music Association. How do I apply for a showcase?

The application for ARTIST members may be located and downloaded at the top of this page. Please read it carefully and follow the instructions.  

I am NOT a member of the Americana Music Association. Can I apply for a showcase?

Yes! Please use Populr, our electronic submission partner, by clicking on the link at the top of the page. Fees of $25 will apply. You can also join us at the annual artist rate of $35.00! Click here.

I am an Americana Music Association member Agent, Manager, Record Label or other non-artist member. May I submit my non-member artist(s) using my membership?

No. Only artist members enjoy the benefit of no fee applications.  

Which genres of music are eligible for showcase consideration?

Genres accepted include Americana. Not sure what that is? Click here

Who is eligible for showcase consideration?

Any and all Americana artists are encouraged to apply.

Do I have a better chance of being selected if I'm a member?

No. It's an open submission process, although it is competitive!

I am submitting by mail, may I send more than one CD? 

No, please send just one.  Due to the high volume of applications we receive and in the spirit of conservation, please limit your materials to the application (at the top of the page), ONE CD, and a bio or one-sheet.

I am submitting by mail and I don't have a full CD.  May I send a multi-song demo?

Yes. Please make sure it's in a jewel case.

How are artists selected?

An objective panel of respected retailers, concert/club promoters and media professionals will review each submission.

How many applications does the AMA receive?

In 2012, we received over 1500 submissions for the approximately 100 showcase slots available.  As stated before it is competitive.

Are there any benefits to applying even if I am not selected for a showcase?

Absolutely! All artists who submit for showcase consideration (whether by mail or our digital platform) may attend the Americana Music Festival & Conference at a discounted rate of $250.  Registration information and instructions will be included with the decision email. Please note, this offer will expire on Friday, August 26th 2016.

When do I find out if my band or I have been chosen?

All applicants will be notified by Friday, June 24th 2016, as to whether or not they've been selected for this year's event. 

If chosen, how long will my scheduled set be?

Most showcases are 45 minutes, although we may have a few 30-minute slots. The length depends on the location, time and lineup.

Are showcase artists paid to perform at the Festival?

Showcase artists are provided a modest stipend to help offset travel expenses, and they also receive ONE full Conference registration, and showcase wristbands for all band members. Discounts are available for additional Conference registrations for band members should they wish to purchase them.

Is backline equipment provided?

The Americana Music Association provides two quality guitar amps, a bass rig and drum kit with cymbals, while the venues and the Americana Music Association furnish PA and lighting.

How can I join the association?

If you are not yet an Americana Music Association member you may join at


We appreciate your enthusiastic cooperation and look forward to bringing you a thrilling music-filled event!

The 17th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference will be held September 20th through 25th, 2016.

For the full lineup of our 2015 showcases, please click here.