Yes. Some events at AMERICANAFEST are invite-only and require an RSVP. Invitations are sent to the Passholder 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 or sells out.
Some venues may welcome youth under 18 with their parents, while others are 18+ or 21+ regardless of parental accompaniment. Venues are unable to negotiate on this point. For complete venue information, please see individual venue listings in our mobile app.
Yes, all venues are accessible and ADA compliant. 3rd and Lindsley, City Winery, 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.
There are two types of passes attendees are able to purchase.
The Festival Pass gets you into all evening showcases at participating venues (*pending capacity and venue reservation policy), plus access to daytime parties and events.
For any “can’t miss” shows, we recommend arriving early!
The Conference + Festival Pass gives you access to all events during AMERICANAFEST, including daytime panels at the host hotel site, festival showcases (*pending capacity and venue reservation policy) and “sanctioned” parties and events.
*If certain showcases are in high demand, an RSVP will be sent to Conference + Festival Passholders ONLY. If you have a Festival Pass, you will have to wait in line. Both passholder types will be able to enter venues at the same time, unless an RSVP has been issued. Conference + Festival Passes do NOT provide priority access to venues.
Passes can be picked up Tuesday, September 17, 2024 through Saturday, September 21, 2024. Times and location will be announced at a later date. Passes will NOT be mailed to you and will only be available for pick-up during the week of AMERICANAFEST.
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 also 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.
You can find more information and purchase a Conference + Festival Pass here.
Tickets are sold at the door on the night of the show, depending on individual venues’ policies, if AMERICANAFEST is not sold out and if venue capacity allows. However, tickets for individual showcases vary and you only have access to that one venue.
AMERICANAFEST passes are NOT refundable. Our refund policy can be found here.
However, if you purchased a Conference + Festival Pass and are unable to attend, you may transfer the pass to the following year. You may also place your pass in someone else’s name by notifying us before Sept. 9, 2024. View our entire Refund Policy here.
The Americana Honors & Awards is the yearly award show held at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Lifetime Achievement Honorees are honored and the illustrious “Of the Year” awards are presented for Artist, Album, Song, Duo/Group, Emerging Act, and Instrumentalist.
You can find more information, including past winners, honorees, and nominees, here.
All artist and industry members may apply for a showcase. If you’re already a member, the showcase application will be emailed to your official member email address on the day submissions open. Please read it carefully and follow the instructions. You will also find the application when you log in to the member portal here.
If you’re not a current artist or industry member and would like to submit, please join our association here. A Professional Artist membership has an annual fee of $35, while a Professional Industry membership is $75 for the year.
Note: As an Artist or Industry member in good standing, there is no additional cost to submit for a showcase.
An objective panel of respected retailers, concert/club promoters and media professionals will review each submission.
You can read more about the selection process here.
All artists who submit for showcase consideration may attend AMERICANAFEST at a discounted rate, even if you are not chosen to showcase. 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.
At least one individual from each organization hosting and/or presenting an official event must have an AMERICANAFEST Conference + Festival Pass. This pass is included with the event listing fee. More information can be found here.
Information for your event will be due in early June 2024.
Special events and their artist lineups (if any) are curated by sponsors, while a showcase is curated by the AMERICANAFEST Showcase Selection Committee. If you are interested in applying for an official showcase, please click here for more information.
We have a list of recommended venues here that you can reach out to, or you’re welcome to find your own venue in Nashville. Official showcase venues cannot be utilized for special events. Our office is unable to assist with securing a venue for special events.
Your event will be listed in our mobile app and here on our website. The listing would include a title (up to 90 characters) and a description (up to 70 words) of what attendees can expect to experience at your event. You are also welcome to submit a formatted mobile app image/graphic for our mobile app.
Here are examples of special event listings in our programming. Information for your event will be due in early June 2024.
In addition, your event may appear in our Nashville Scene supplement and local third-party event sites. If you’d like to check out more advertising opportunities for purchase, please click here. If you’re interested in marketing your event to Nashville folks, we suggest advertising on local event calendar platforms like Do615 and NowPlayingNashville.
If you love music and want to help us out, then we will be accepting applications here in May 2024. If you are a music industry professional, we encourage you to purchase a Conference + Festival Pass to get the most out of AMERICANAFEST.