Key West Songwriters Festival Preps for 15th Year

Another great reason to head down to Key West this spring! If you have never been to a songwriters event, it is a really cool experience since you'll be listening to the people who actually WROTE the music that you may recognize from well known artists.

Plus, these guys often tend to introduce new songs, tell stories about what prompted them to write something, and in general have a good time.

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WHAT: The Key West Songwriters Festival will make paradise even sweeter during the event’s 15th annual installment in its island namesake. Presented by Better Angels Music and benefiting the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation, the festival will feature more than 100 top-tier songwriters performing most-loved hits. Anchor-sponsor BMI will continue its widespread support of the fest, leading Key West’s annual transformation into a music mecca.

Full band concerts will bookend the 2010 festival, as Universal South recording artist Randy Houser kicks things off with a free concert at the Ocean Key Pier on Wednesday, April 28, 6-8 p.m. The Raul Malo Band performs at the Ocean Key Pier Saturday, May 1; tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and go on sale February 2 at

WHEN: Wednesday, April 28 - Sunday, May 2, 2010

WHERE: Key West, Florida, in favorite venues conveniently located throughout the island

WHO: Performances will feature an award-winning collection of the world’s top songwriters, including Raul Malo Band, Randy Houser Band, Robert Earl Keen, Kim Carnes, Jamey Johnson, Dean Dillon, Hugh Prestwood, Scotty Emerick, Shawn Mullins, Dallas Davidson, Chuck Cannon, Chuck Jones, Marty Dodson, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Kylie Sackley, Jon Mabe, Chas Sandford, Dave Pahanish, Sherrie Austin, Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, Bonnie Bishop, Jaida Dreyer, Sunny Sweeney, Kelly Archer, Tim James, Ashley Ray, Heather Morgan, Emily Shackelton, Will Bowen, Casey Musgraves, Bobby Tomberlin, Molly Reed, Dan Adams, Joel Shewmake, Todd Wilkes, Josh Thompson, David Adam Byrnes and many, many more.

Specific lineups, venue and additional ticket information will be announced soon.

For a complete list of sponsoring hotels, local businesses and participating songwriters, please visit or call 305.294.6120.


About the Key West Songwriters Festival

Celebrating its 15th year, The Key West Songwriters Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world. Co-founded by charter sponsor BMI in 1995, it has grown into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights of more than 20 free shows, staged at an array of the island’s most popular drinking holes and hot spots, where live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. Diverse lineups featuring more than 100 top songwriters deliver rare, “Key West-only” moments: Informal adaptations of Nashville’s signature in-the-round acoustic showcases dominate much of the schedule, while an event-capping street concert adds an enticing Mardis Gras fillip to the mix.

About BMI

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 400,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI reported $905 million for its 2009 fiscal year in performing right collections. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.