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How To Play

VIRTUAL Monday Open Mic Night
Every Third Monday of the month at 6 pm on YouTube.

For writers who haven’t played at the Bluebird and writers from out of town, Open Mic is the place to start.

Perfect for:

  • Trying out new material
  • Meeting other writers
  • Becoming a part of the songwriting community
  • Practicing your performing skills
    **Anyone is eligible to play at Open Mic as long as your material is original!

How to Sign up:
Go to SHOWS tab and click on the Open Mic  Night date you would like to perform on from the calendar. There is an "on sale" date - this is the date on which you will be able to sign up. We are only taking 12 songwriters for our virtual Open Mic Nights, so they go very quickly. 

November 16th: sign-ups are Novemebr 13th at 11 am CT
December 21st: sign-ups are December 18th at 11 am CT 

Writers must be available to perform online for Open Mic Night which will be broadcast live to The Bluebird Cafe's YouTube channel. Soundcheck for performers will begin at 5 pm CT the day of. Performers will receive an email with information and tips on performing online from The Bluebird Cafe's show coordinator. Performers are expected to confirm with the coordinator in order to be able to perform on the show.

Please remember the following guidelines as they remain in place: Each participating writer will get the chance to play 1 original song, solo or accompanied by no more than two others. Drums and backing tracks are not allowed. No profanity. 

This show is made possible by the RIAA.

Sunday Writers Night
Sunday Nights 8-11pm:

Writers Nights feature about 8 songwriters who play 3 songs each. The show is hosted and ends with a special guest performance by a successful songwriter from the Nashville music industry.

QUALIFICATIONS to play a Writers Night:

  • Must have passed our Audition process
  • Performances are scored and filed to determine when a writer is eligible to perform a Spotlight show AND/OR an early show [6pm or 6:30pm show Tuesday-Saturday]
  • NO PAY for these shows but CD sales are allowed

How to Audition for our Sunday Writers Night:

  • Only open for:
    • Nashville Residents or anyone residing within a 100 mile radius of Nashville and/or active members of an NSAI regional chapter
    • Judged by the Bluebird Staff and professionals from the Music Industry
    • Each person auditioning is asked to play a verse/chorus of one Original song (one minute long)
    • All auditions must be acoustic, with no drums or backing tracks
    • No more than 3 people on stage

Next Audition
Our next audition date is Sunday TBA, 2020 at 10:30 AM. Sign-ups start on Friday TBA, 2020 at 11AM CT. Visit the TBA date via our show calendar on the website and you can sign up by clicking on the auditions event.

Sunday Spotlights
Sunday Nights @6PM:

Our Sunday Spotlight is typically a plugged-in show where we offer bands who perform their own original music the opportunity to play The Bluebird. Spotlight performers are chosen from our ranks of songwriters who have bands, as well as local and national touring artists, who would like to perform on this 1-hour set.

Qualifications to play a Spotlight Show:

  • Staff writers from established Nashville publishing companies and touring artists with product and local/national press
    **Spotlight bands can include up to 6 pieces (including a very small drum kit)
    **There is no pay for these shows but performer merchandise sales are allowed. The Bluebird takes no percentage of those sales!

Early Shows
Tuesday – Saturday at 6 or 6:30PM:

Early show time slots feature the best up and coming songwriters selected from our Sunday Writers’ Nights.  They are typically presented “In-The-Round.”  Writers who have played at least four Sunday nights and have high scores from our judges, can then be considered to play an early show. If you don’t already have a following, you should continue to play Sunday nights and Open Mic.
**Booking inquiries can be sent to: earlyshowbooking@bluebirdcafe.com

Late Shows
Tuesday – Saturday at 9 or 9:30PM:

Late show time slots are primarily reserved for hit songwriters. They are typically presented “In-The-Round.” Our in-the-round shows consist of four songwriters seated in the center of the room, trading songs and stories.

The shows are created by the songwriters themselves, making it a rare situation where someone is added to a show without knowing the other writers who are performing.
Our solo stage shows (“An Evening with …”) feature local and national acts with a large following.
**Booking inquiries can be sent to: booking@bluebirdcafe.com