I know that with great certainty that many of you will be logging on to my website for the many articles about the festivals, as they all announce their intention to have an actual festival in 2021. Now mind you, some of them have announced their decision to cancel the 2021 season.

Americanafest is one of my TOP 5 favorite mega festivals of all time. Not only do you get the best bang for your bucks, as it involves hundreds of acts for one price, but it also gives you a plethora of industry information.

Basically, everyone is in town during that week, whether it is from the Nashville scene or Texas music front. There are informational panels going on, and so much knowledge being shared….and the networking is beyond integral for someone like me. For two reasons, as a journalist I need the connections, and as a music fan…I LOVE to listen and learn.

Whether they know who I am or not, whether they care who I am or not, I GET TO stand around and LISTEN to what they  have to say, and learn from them. See, one side of this music thing YOU don’t see is the business side of it, like I get to see. THIS FESTIVAL encompasses that side of the business, that people like me fail from not knowing…and that’s exactly why I learn it!

Each year, I try my best to come out and get involved in every way I can there on their behalf. I am currently now supporting all of the venues, and bands, trying to put money into the local music economy and preaching the word of supporting local music. So, we will be posting more information SOON!

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Know of any artists/bands interested in playing for some of the top Americana tastemakers and industry in the country? Let them know that showcase submissions for AMERICANAFEST 2021 are now open and will be accepted through Friday, April 30, 2021.

Here’s how to submit:
Americana Music Association artist and industry members may submit online at no cost.

Consider becoming an artist or industry member today and take advantage of showcase submissions, access to our expansive global community, discounted AMERICANAFEST rates and more! To join, click here. Once you join, you’ll find the submission form link in your welcome letter.

Become a Member to Submit Today

Selected artists will showcase Thursday, September 23 through Saturday, September 25 at many premier venues throughout Nashville, TN.

What do artists/bands get out of playing this festival? You can read all about the opportunities that come with being selected for an official showcase here.

“The coolest music scene today.” – The New York Times

The annual event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering four days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, intimate showcases each night.

Our 21st annual AMERICANAFEST will take place September 22-25, 2021, gathering thousands of artists, fans, and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. 2021 promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone who loves the melting pot of Americana’s influences including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music. Each year, AMERICANAFEST brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars, fans, and industry professionals for multiple days of music and education.

Our conference portion features numerous panels, seminars, exclusive day time performances, and much more, proudly providing Nashville’s most educational music industry forum. This special event covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all enthusiastically attended and presented by music industry leaders.
 And FYI, you do not have to be a member of the Americana Music Association or in the music industry to purchase a Conference + Festival Pass and attend all the events. We encourage all music lovers to be a part of the conference experience.

If you choose not to be a part of the entire AMERICANAFEST experience through a Conference + Festival Pass, then our Festival Pass is the option for you. For four nights, AMERICANAFEST will feature hundreds of live performances at Nashville’s most prominent venues and much, much, more! However, passes do not guarantee entry if venue is at capacity. If there is a must-see band on your list we suggest arriving to the venue early.

We’re back, y’all!
Limited Passes Are Now On Sale

Grab yours today

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It’s been a while, friends. Come celebrate our incredible Americana music community during AMERICANAFEST, our annual music festival and conference, taking place Sept. 22-25, 2021 in Nashville, TN. Buy your pass here

For over 20 years now, our community has gathered in Music City for music discovery, industry insight, quality hangs and unforgettable times in over 70 venues.

Find out which pass is right for you.

  • $349* // Conference + Festival Pass: For those wanting the full AMERICANAFEST experience, including access to panels, showcases and all special events.
  • $175* // Festival Pass: For those who are just interested in music discovery, including access to all nighttime showcases and select special events.Even more bang for your buck. In years past, Festival Pass holders were a second priority to those with a Conference + Festival Pass for access to showcase venues. Now, they’re of equal priority, so no more waiting behind those other guys!
What to expect:
Our full schedule will be available later this summer. For now, here’s a little breakdown of this year’s AMERICANAFEST over four days, Sept. 22-25, in Music City.
  • Wednesday – Friday: Learn from top music industry pros and artists as they talk about today’s important topics and issues during many panels at The Westin Nashville, the home of our daytime conference.
  • Thursday – Saturday: Experience the joy of live music discovery at one of the hundreds of nighttime showcases at many premier venues in Nashville, TN.
  • Wednesday – Saturday: Check out incredible special events that highlight our community on Wednesday night and during the day throughout the whole week. These fun hangs are hosted by our friends and supporters.

We’ll also be celebrating Americana music’s finest during the Americana Honors & Awards on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the Ryman Auditorium. Tickets for the ceremony are separate and will be on sale at a later date.

So want to join the party? Don’t wait! The earlier you buy your pass, the more you’ll save.

Buy Your Pass
Your safety is our number one priority.
At this time, in accordance with Metro Nashville and recommended CDC guidelines, we’ve released a limited number of passes for sale. In addition to following local and national guidelines, we’ll also be following each venue’s COVID-19 safety protocol to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our attendees. We’ll continue to monitor the situation closely as our event date approaches.
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