23rd Annual Key West Songwriters Festival

The Key West Songwriters Festival – the largest festival of its kind in the world.  Celebrated its 23rd year this past weekend!

POSTED – May 15, 2018

The Key West Songwriters Festival is the largest of its kind in the world.  This past weekend, we celebrated its 23rd year in Key West.  Since 1997, BMI has been a presenting sponsor of the festival and has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals.  The festival revolved around five days and nights where live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs!

Key West was blanketed with 200+ performers and 50+ shows staged at an array of the island’s most popular beaches, boats, bars, resorts and historic theaters.  Most of the shows were free to enter, with an exception of a few headliners, which were sold out weeks in advance.

The star-studded lineup included spotlight performances by Columbia Nashville’s Tyler Farr, Monument Records’ Walker Hayes and Arista Nashville’s LANCO.  In the wake of Hurricane Irma, TreeVibez Music and Big Loud hosted a benefit for Keys Strong Hurricane Relief that featured Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, Morgan Wallen, Raelynn and many more!

“We are thrilled to continue our tradition of booking excellent talent at the Key West Songwriter’s Festival. BMI continues to book legends but also puts a focus on the discovery of up-and-coming talent. The festival continually allows us to be ground zero for providing opportunities for fans to discover new artists and writers,” says Mason Hunter, AVP, Creative, Nashville. “We are excited to have Sony Music Nashville returning again with their big street show. This year, we are happy to support Keys Strong in their efforts to rebuild this unique landscape in the wake of Hurricane Irma. We are so appreciative of Florida Georgia Line and their team for stepping up to benefit those who are struggling.”

Proceeds from the Key West Songwriters Festival benefited KeyStrong and the BMI Foundation, a nonprofit that since 1985 supports the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, grants and commissions. Sponsors include SunTrust Bank, Texas Roadhouse, and Xperi.

If you interested in joining us next year for the 24th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival, contact us to book your trip!  For more information on the Key West Songwriters Festival, please visit http://www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com/.