Congratulations to the 10 finalists in the 2016 Songwriter Showcase!

Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase

2015 Songwriter Showcase finalists backstage (photo Benko Photographics)
2015 Songwriter Showcase finalists backstage
(photo Benko Photographics)

The Songwriter Showcase is our nationally-recognized singer-songwriter competition, open to anyone who writes and performs original music, and who is not currently signed to a major recording or publishing deal. Contestants are judged on the quality of the song’s composition, vocal delivery, and the overall performance.

Past showcase finalists include Erica Wheeler, Don Conoscenti, Karen Pernick, Deb Talan, Dan Sheridan, Dee Carstensen, Mitch Barrett, Sarah Sample, Chuck E. Costa, Liz Longley, Megan Burtt, Caleb Hawley, Robby Hecht, Caroline Spence, Connor Garvey, and 2015 winner Ben Shannon.

2016 Showcase Finalists

After listening to more than 400 songs from around the world, our committee of music industry professionals were consistently impressed by the originality, craftsmanship, and creativity of this year's entries.

These 10 finalists will perform on the 26th Annual Rocky Mtn Folks Festival main stage on August 19, 2016 and during in-the-round sessions in the Wildflower Pavilion throughout the festival. We'll post a stream of the finalists' songs in the next week.

2016 Honorable Mentions

2016 Songwriter Showcase Prizes

2012 Showcase winner Robby Hecht (photo Benko Photographics)
2012 Showcase winner Robby Hecht
(photo Benko Photographics)

2016 Showcase Rules and Guidelines

2016 Songwriter Showcase Schedule

Entering the Songwriter Showcase

We will begin accepting entries in the 2017 Songwriter Showcase in December 2016. Watch this page for more details later this fall.

We accepted entries for the 2016 Songwriter Showcase from December 1, 2015 thru June 3, 2016. Limit of 2 songs per person.

Songs could be submitted in 2 ways:

2015 Showcase Winner

A huge congratulations to our 2015 Songwriter Showcase winner Ben Shannon! Ben will be performing a full set on the main stage lineup of the 2016 Rocky Mtn Folks Festival! Congrats to each of these top 5 finalists as chosen by our judges after the finalists on the Folks Festival main stage on August 14:

  1. Ben Shannon (Pittsburgh, PA)
  2. Drew Kennedy (New Braunfels, TX)
  3. Justina Shandler (Coral Gables, FL)
  4. Jami Lynn (Spearfish, SD)
  5. Joel Ansett (Denver, CO)


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