Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2017:Troubadour Competition - Contest Opportunity

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2017:Troubadour Competition - Contest Opportunity

Deadline: April 6, 2018

The Telluride Troubadour competition is a nationally recognized songwriting contest that has taken place in conjunction with the Telluride Bluegrass Festival since 1991. This year's event will take place in Telluride, CO, June 21-24, 2018.  Troubadours perform June 21-22 in Elks Park, and the winner performs June 23 on the Main Stage. Artists may submit up to 2 songs each. Songs must be entered in separate submissions. Contestants are judged on composition, vocal and instrumental delivery, and overall performance. 


  • The competition is open to solo performers who write and perform original music and are not signed to a major label or a publishing deal
  • Acceptable styles include singer-songwriter, americana, folk, pop, and bluegrass
  • Songwriting entries must be entirely written by the entering songwriter. No co-writing allowed
  • This is a solo singer-songwriter contest, submissions should showcase the songwriter as the lead vocalist
  • Songwriters are highly encouraged to submit new & different songs for the Telluride Troubadour and Folks Showcase contests. New songs will be given preference by the panel of judges

Additional Compensation Details:

  • Finalists are awarded cash and prizes, and a chance to perform on the festival main stage on Saturday evening  
    Each finalist also receives a 4-day Town Park camping pass, an "in the round" performance slot, performance coaching, and a KOTO-FM live radio slot during the festival

  • Complete competition rules, and to APPLY, at