Songwriters Week FAQs

Q: Do I just show up at an event if I want to perform?
A: No, all performance slots and waitlist slots are now full for the 4 Songwriters Week Open Mic Night events in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City. The first 25 performers who signed up for each event should have already been contacted.

Q: How many songs will I play?
A: To make room for as many songwriters as possible, everyone will play one song. Songs need to be a song you wrote or co-wrote.

Q: What styles of music are acceptable?
A: All styles of music are welcome, but please don't sing anything vulgar, obscene or bigoted.

Q: Can I bring backing tracks?
A: No, you must have live accompaniment.

Q: Can I bring someone to play for me if I don't play an instrument?
A: Yes, you can have one or two additional people performing with you. Acapella is also allowed.

Q: Will there be a drum kit or bass amp?
A: No - this is an acoustic show. Light percussion is allowed if there is no set - up time involved. Instruments will be run through the PA.

Q: What are the judges looking for?
A: They are looking for songs that are entertaining and connect emotionally with listeners. They want to hear who you are as a writer so play what you are most proud of, not what you think they want to hear.

Q: When will I perform?
A: The order of songwriters will be chosen randomly and you will know the order as soon as you arrive for the event.

Q: Do I have to stay for the entire show?
A: Yes, you will need to stay for the announcement of the winner/finalist at the end. Songwriters must be present