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The Key West Songwriters Festival

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Want to start your summer off on a good “note”?

Look no further than “The Key West Songwriters Festival” May 9th to the 13th

For the past 23 years globally recognized and award-winning singers and songwriters have come to Key West to deliver four packed days of good music and good vibes, with undeniable talent.

For those who have never had the pleasure of taking part in the largest festival of its kind in the world, we’d highly recommend it.

But before we “sing” any more praises, how about a crash course on the festival itself?

The festival roots reach back to 1995, featuring a humble but lively performance by Mickey Newbury and Shel Silverstein. Yes, that Shel Silverstein. Long before he was telling us “Where the Sidewalk Ends” or all about “The Light In The Attic”, Silverstein was crafting both catchy and crude tunes in Key West. In fact, the singer/songwriter had been a Key West frequenter for years – beginning when he shared a waterfront home with Jimmy Buffet and David Allan Coe.

In 1996, BMI stepped in as a partner and sponsor helping to bring in more acts, grow the festival substantially and establish it as a favorite tradition of both locals and visitors.

Since that time the festival has brought in acts who have written smash hits for everyone from Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney to Rascal Flats and Alan Jackson. In 2018, the Songwriters Festival is slated to host around 150 artists, with performances throughout town.

Those 4 days the streets of Key West will be alive with the beats of various bands, singers, songwriters and boasting free and private shows. This years feature acts include Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Farr, Walker Hays, LANCO, Bob DiPiero, Jeffery Steele, Ashley McBride, our personal favorite Mr. Robert Earl Keen and many, many more. While restaurants and local bars will be hosting many of them throughout the day, several main stages with be set up at key points along Duval Street.

Proceeds from the festival go to the BMI Foundation itself, a nonprofit that supports the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, grants, and commissions.

Interested in checking this one of a kind event out? Don’t be shy. To get all the details and info you need, head over to:

Be there or be square, come to the Keys to celebrate some truly spectacular songwriting skills.


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  • Debra Faber on May 02, 2018

    Looking forward to a beautiful sunset!

  • lisa brown on May 01, 2018

    have never been to the keys, love the cats, sun and surf, would love to take my family.

  • Deborah Ruhe on Apr 29, 2018

    Love Key West!

  • Patricia on Apr 27, 2018

    Would love a weekend to have fun in the sun and warm weather. Freezing in the north.

  • Robynne THomas on Apr 27, 2018

    KEY WEST IS A life goal for the Two of us! The Music Fest, would be Icing on our Cake!

  • Jennifer Stephens on Apr 27, 2018

    I would love to come down and help support the keys get back on their feet, while listening to amazing arts. I love the arts! Never been to key west.

  • Stacy Laycock on Apr 27, 2018

    Trip to Key West would be appreciated on my end. I just finished two weeks ago my last treatment for cancer and it has been a rough long road for me and my family, but I was able to stay strong even at my weakest point. This trip would be a great vacation for me and a very relaxing time. Very well deserved on my end. I hope Ivan lucky enough to win this trip. Being free of cancer at this time put a huge smile on my face. This could be the second huge smile on my face. I will be crossing my fingers

  • Peggy Dailey on Apr 27, 2018

    Sounds like a wonderful place. Have always wanted to go, but financially couldn’t because of raising two boys on my own…..

  • Patricia Holman on Apr 27, 2018

    I would love to win this experience! I haven’t been to Key West in over 10 years , Nd I had such a wonderful time ….. Thank you for this opportunity! You guys Rock !!!

  • Cathy Seat on Apr 27, 2018

    Love to see this Gorgeous place!! We have not been on vacation before we got married that is 21 years. It will be a great gift for us and my daughter too. She graduation from High School in May too!! Thank you all for Great Special Gift to everyone!! Good Luck Everyone!! Have AMAZING FUN Time of Life!!

  • Carrie Poston on Apr 27, 2018

    I could so use this, we have two new children we are adopting ( we love dearly) and we help my oldest daughter with my granddaughter. I never get a break or like 5 minutes to myself , I love the Keys too 💕

  • Elizabeth Sanford on Apr 27, 2018

    This would be a dream come true to win

  • Kristie woodard on Apr 27, 2018

    Love love love Key West!!!!

  • Laura Tollefsbol on Apr 27, 2018

    Love Key West!

  • Jackie Evans on Apr 27, 2018

    This would be a once in a lifetime kind of experience. I’m ready! Thank you for the chance and good luck everyone!

  • Liesa on Apr 27, 2018

    We love to see a new place enjoy the sunshine and the beach!

  • LAURIE Onza on Apr 27, 2018

    I have many old memories made at Ocean Key…. time to let go of these memories and make some new ones!

  • Cathy Thomas on Apr 26, 2018

    My dad was a college professor and writer. He used to bring my family down to Key West every January over our Christmas break from school to get away from the cold WV winter. We’d ring in the new year in the 80 plus degree temps. He passed away on Christmas Eve of 2014. He loved Shel Silverstein too, for he was a professor who taught elementary education majors. I’d love to get back down there. Thanks for listening. :)

  • Marie Mitchell on Apr 26, 2018

    I am a road-warrior for work. Have traveled to many states every week since February. A Key West vacation to chill and listen to great music is what this woman is in desperate need of!

  • Connie Cimei on Apr 26, 2018

    This is on my bucket list been married 25 yrs and never had a honeymoon this would be great ❤️

  • Connie B on Apr 26, 2018

    Never been to the Keys … would love to go!!

  • margi mattfeld on Apr 26, 2018

    Key West the best!

  • Michelle Ritter April 26 2018 on Apr 26, 2018

    I love key West! And I would love to go back!

  • Sharon Koon on Apr 26, 2018

    We love Key West! I would love to win. 🌸

  • Jennifer Meehan on Apr 26, 2018

    I would do anything to have some fun and be in a beautiful atmosphere! I never get to go anywhere being a single mom and sick all the time..please pick me I would treasure it forever!!!