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Interested in hosting a special event at AMERICANAFEST 2023?

AMERICANAFEST brings together the Americana music community from around the world including artists, music industry professionals, tastemakers and die-hard music fans to Nashville, TN, for multiple days of discovery showcases, panels and special events. One of the best ways to become a part of the community during our festival week is by hosting an official event to invite attendees into your world.

Whether it's a rowdy rock 'n' roll shindig or a networking-focused BBQ, you can get creative from breakfast time until 7pm during our event week and engage attendees who are looking for a place to connect over good music and good times.


Some of the perks of becoming an official AMERICANAFEST event:

More impressions. Your event will be listed in our daily schedule to give attendees a chance to become familiar with your company before even stepping foot at your event. Your listing will be included on our mobile app (almost 10,000 users who viewed the app close to 2M times in 2019), here on our website (almost 350,000 page views at peak festival season in 2019), in our Nashville Scene supplement and local third-party event listing websites like NowPlayingNashville.com.

Higher attendance. Our staff has seen a significant increase in attendance for returning events once they became a part of our daily schedule.

Want to become an official AMERICANAFEST event?

Email sales@americanamusic.org with your inquiry, and let's begin our conversation.



To view our guidelines for hosting a sponsor-organized special event at AMERICANAFEST, click here.

What is the difference between a special event and a showcase?

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.

When can I have my event during AMERICANAFEST week -- Sept. 19-23, 2023?

Approved timeframes for official special events are after 4pm on Tuesday, 9am - 5pm on Wednesday and 9am - 7pm on Thursday - Saturday.

When is event information due?

Information for your event will be due in early June 2023.

Who may attend an official AMERICANAFEST event?

Official special events must be open to AMERICANAFEST Conference Pass holders. The event may also be open to Festival Pass holders and the general public at the discretion of the sponsor host and AMERICANAFEST staff.

My event will have performing artists. Are there any particular set lengths?

Official showcasing artists can play up to a 25-minute set at the event, while non-showcasing artists may perform up to a 45-minute set.

I'm handling all the event planning myself. How do I go about securing a venue?

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.

Does anyone from my company need to have an AMERICANAFEST pass if we are hosting an official special event?

Yes. At least one individual from each organization hosting and/or presenting an official event must have an AMERICANAFEST Conference Pass. This pass may be included in the sponsorship package with the event listing fee. More information can be found here.

What type of marketing and promotion can I expect from becoming an official AMERICANAFEST event?

Your event will be listed in our mobile app and here on our website. 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.

How would my special event be listed in the festival programming?

Your event 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 2023. 

How much does it cost for my Sponsor-Organized event to be listed in the festival programming?

The listing cost depends on the length of your event. Please see the table below for more information.

Event Length Cost
8 - 10 hours $1,500
5 - 8 hours $1,250
3 - 5 hours $1,000
1 - 3 hours $750