Calling All Big Island Songwriters: Open Mic Contest Starts May 13


The Hawai’i Songwriting Festival will be holding their annual Open Mic Songwriting Contest competition starting May 13 in Hilo. There will be three opportunities for Big Island songwriters to perform an original song, and the winners will be chosen from each open mic night for a final competition at Kukuau Studio on May 19th.

There’s no admission or entry fee required, and only one original song is allowed per performer. It’s a first come, first served sign-up at each venue, and each performer is given an allotted time to performer their song. Winners will be chosen from each open mic site to win free attendance to the 2019 Hawai’i Songwriting Festival on June 20-12, 2019.

The Open Mic Songwriting Contest will take place at the following venues.

May 13, Monday – 7:00 pm – Hilo
Hilo Town Tavern
168 Keawe St, Hilo
(808) 935-2171

May 15, Wednesday – 6:30 pm – Waimea
Big Island Brewhaus
64-1066 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea
(808) 887-1717

May 16, Thursday – 6:30 pm – Kona
Kona Brew Company Pub & Brewery
74-5612 Pawai Pl, Kailua-Kona
(808) 334-2739

Final Competition
May 19, Sunday – 5:30 pm – Hilo
KukuAu Studio
43 Kukuau St, Hilo

For more information on the open mic contest, and to register for the 2019 Hawaii Songwriting Festival (June 20-22) at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort on the Kohala coast, please visit:

Listen to our podcast with some highlights from 2018’s Hawaii Songwriting Festival:

About the Hawaii Songwriting Festival

The Hawai’i Songwriting Festival is a celebration of the art & craft of songwriting, with an emphasis on collaboration, education, and music for film/TV. Songwriters of all levels from all walks of life come together to connect with each other and music professionals from Hawai’i, the mainland, and beyond. Whether you are a beginning songwriter or an experienced writer with placements and publishing deals, at the Hawai’i Songwriting Festival you will learn a ton, expand your network, and get your creative batteries charged up!

The Hawai’i Songwriting Festival is unique from other music conferences because its small size and the relaxed island atmosphere create an intimate experience where amateurs, professionals, and everyone in between can develop meaningful relationships through the one thing that unites us all: music.

Through songwriting workshops, seminars, small group sessions, panels, speed mentoring meetings, and nightly open mic, we provide real, meaningful access to professional songwriters, producers, musicians, film and TV music supervisors, production library owners, music publishers, attorneys, music business consultants, and more.  Each person is handpicked to join our staff because they are passionate about giving back to the songwriting community, they are excited to share their knowledge with others, and they are eager to connect with you!

Photo credit: Kelli McClintock


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