Whether you are a songwriter or just a music fan, you are sure to enjoy the Smoky Mountain Songwriter’s Festival. The goal of the festival is to provide an opportunity to aspiring songwriters in a supportive setting, surrounded by the natural beauty that Gatlinburg, TN has to offer. The event takes place from Sunday, August 11th to Sunday, August 18th. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with successful singers and take classes in various genres of music. There is also a Songwriter’s Competition.
Each year, The Smoky Mountain Festival hosts a Songwriter’s Competition. Entries are taken up until May and there is a $50 entry fee for the first song and $12 for each song thereafter. They take entries from multiple genres, and you can submit lyrics only. Songs must be under four minutes, and if you are selected as a finalist, you will have the opportunity to compete at the festival. Third place winners receive $75.00, second place winners receive $100, First place winners get $125 and the grand prize is $500. The audience will get to select their favorite songwriter, and that person will receive a $250 prize.
If you are not confident enough to enter a contest, or if you have simply missed the deadline, you can still participate in the festival. The annual bluegrass camp is sponsored by Ole Smoky Distillery, and Andrea Roberts Agency and runs from the 11th to the 18th. You will learn how to play bluegrass from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, and you will be treated to a concert by the instructors at 7:00 pm each night.
Co-Write with a Hit Writer
This class gives you the opportunity to write songs with a successful musician. It takes place at The Historic Gatlinburg Inn on August 14th and 15th. You will work in groups of 6 to 8 and the rights to the song you write will be considered the property of the festival. The experience costs $135 in advance or $155 on the day of the event.
Where to Stay
If you are visiting the Gatlinburg area, you deserve to have the ultimate Smoky Mountain experience. Forget about staying in a hotel and rent a beautiful cabin in the mountains. The Cabin Rental Store has some magnificent homes with cozy living areas, comfortable bedrooms and kitchens that have everything you need to prepare and serve a family meal. Click below or give us a call today at (865) 325-8412.