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AmericanaFest FAQs

General FAQs:

This is my first time attending. Any advice?

We've put together a handy First Timer's Guide to give you a brief overview of what to expect at our one-of-a-kind event.

Is there an AMERICANAFEST mobile app?

Yes there is, and it will be available for download in late summer.

Where can I stay?

Visit our Travel & Lodging page for details on our host hotel and other travel information.

May I volunteer for AMERICANAFEST?

Possibly. If you love music and want to help us out, then we will be accepting applications here in May 2023. If you are a music industry professional, we encourage you to purchase a Conference + Festival Pass to get the most out of AMERICANAFEST.

Do you have a Refund Policy?

Yes, you can view it here.

Is there a printer-friendly schedule for AMERICANAFEST?

Yes. Once the schedule is released, it will be viewable here. The page is printer-friendly.

I purchased a Conference + Festival Pass and/or Festival Pass, but I am not receiving AMERICANAFEST emails. Why not?

First, please confirm that the email address you provided at the time of purchase is correct. If it is not, please email If it is, then you probably opted out of our emails at some point. To opt back in, please click here. If you do not opt back in, you will not receive any AMERICANAFEST updates from us.

Will you have COVID-19 safety protocols?

An inherent risk of COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather. By attending AMERICANAFEST, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. If any necessary health measures are implemented, details will be communicated as early as possible and will be shared on the event website.


Nightly Showcase FAQs:

I am 17 years old. May I go to a show at an 18+ or 21+ venue if I am with my parents?

The Westin and City Winery Nashville are all ages. Other venues may welcome youth under 18 with their parents, while others are 18+ or 21+ regardless of parental accompaniment. Venues are unable to negotiate on this point. 

Are the venues accessible for mobility disabilities?

Yes, all venues are accessible and ADA compliant. 3rd and Lindsley, City Winery, and Station Inn have large seated areas. We recommend arriving early to the venue if this is a requirement for you as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Festival Pass FAQs:

What does my Festival Pass entitle me to?

Festival Pass holders may attend ALL evening showcases at ALL participating venues ALL nights.

Can I buy tickets for individual showcases?

Possibly. Tickets are sold at the door on the night of the show, if AMERICANAFEST is not sold out and if venue capacity allows. However, tickets for a majority of individual showcases are $20-25, and you only have access to that one venue. 

How do I purchase a Festival Pass?

Festival Passes can be purchased online here. If the event is not sold out, passes will also be available at the registration desk during the week of AMERICANAFEST. Festival Passes will NOT be mailed to you.

Where do I pick up my Festival Pass?

Festival Passes can be picked up Tuesday, September 19, 2023 through Saturday, September 23, 2023. Times and location will be announced at a later date. Festival Passes will NOT be mailed to you and will only be available for pick-up during the week of AMERICANAFEST.

Will Festival Passes sell out if I don’t buy them in advance?

Probably not, but the possibility exists. As our event continues to grow, each year we are getting closer to sell-out.

Are Festival Passes refundable?

No. View our Refund Policy here.

Can I get into the Honors & Awards show with a Festival Pass?

No. The Honors & Awards ceremony is a separate ticketed event.

What happens if I lose my Festival Pass?

You will need to buy another one.

Does my Festival Pass provide entry into the nightly showcase venues?

Yes, in most cases. If AMERICANAFEST knows a show is in extremely high demand, an RSVP will be sent just to Conference Passholders, so be prepared to wait in line.

Will Festival Passes be mailed to me?

NO! Festival Pass Pick-Up will be available Tuesday, September 19, 2023 through Saturday, September 23, 2023. Times and location will be announced at a later date.


Conference Pass FAQs:

Why should I attend the conference?

If you work in the industry, the Americana conference is an opportunity to meet with other industry professionals in a relaxed yet festive environment. It’s an opportunity to sit in on the many panel discussions, covering many facets of the music business. It’s also an opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

If you're a fan, the Americana conference is an opportunity to hear from the artists and professionals who spend their lives making the music you love. It's an opportunity to take a peek behind the curtain and meet others who share your passion.

You may purchase a Conference + Festival Pass here.

Do I have to be a member in order to attend the conference?

No, but members do receive a discount.

Are conference day passes available?

There is no day pass option available.

Where do I pick up my Conference + Festival Pass?

You may pick up your Conference + Festival Pass Tuesday, September 19, 2023 through Saturday, September 23, 2023. Times and location will be announced at a later date.

Are Conference + Festival Passes refundable or transferable?

The Americana Music Association does not offer refunds under any cirumstance, but we will gladly transfer your Conference + Festival Pass to the following year. You may also place your pass in someone else’s name by notifying us before Sept. 18, 2023. View our entire Refund Policy here.

Will my registration information be shared with other Conference Pass holders?

Yes. When you register you are given the option to have your name published. You may opt out if you wish. Email addresses will never be shared.

Does my Conference + Festival Pass guarantee access to the showcase venues?

Yes, in most cases. If AMERICANAFEST knows a show is in extremely high demand, an RSVP will be sent just to Conference Passholders. Conference Passes do NOT provide priority access to venues. Both Conference and Festival Passholders will be able to enter venues at the same time, unless an RSVP has been issued.

What happens if I lose my Conference + Festival pass?

You'll need to buy another one.

My partner and I share an email address. Will this cause problems?

Yes, it will. Some events are invite-only and require an RSVP. Invitations are sent to the Conference Passholder email addresses that we have on file, and constitute only one RSVP per address. Please create a unique email address for each attendee so that you do not miss out on any of these events. There is nothing we can do if an event fills to capacity or sells out.

I think I accidentally opted out of the Americana mailing list. Will I still receive invitations to the invite-only events?

No, you won't. You may opt back in by joining our email list here. You will receive an email asking you to confirm this.