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You may submit for this year's AMERICANAFEST® by using our digital platform with a small $25 fee below. Current artist members have been emailed a free submission link and can also access the form here. If you plan on joining as an artist member to submit for free, a link to the free submission form will appear on your welcome letter. You can join herePlease note: The $25 application fee is non-refundable.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 26.


Are you interested in playing AMERICANAFEST®?

Please read all the FAQs below before submitting. Members can submit for free and non-members may submit for a small fee of $25 via our digital platform.

How to Submit FAQs:

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

All applicants will receive a response from us via email by June 30th. 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?

We invite all non-member artists to either join the Americana Music Association® as an artist member for $35, or submit using our digital platform 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 will be emailed to your official member email address on the day submissions open. 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 our digital platform 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.

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?

Genre accepted is Americana.

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!

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 association receive?

In 2017, we received over 1,400 submissions for approximately 100 available showcase slots.  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 AMERICANAFEST® at a discounted rate of $199.  Registration information and instructions will be included with the decision email. Please note, this offer will expire in late August, exact date to be determined.

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

All applicants will be notified by June 30, 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