Telluride Band Contest

Telluride Band Contest

Telluride Band Contest

Telluride Band Contest

The Telluride Band Contest is a nationally-recognized bluegrass contest.

Finalists are awarded cash and prizes, as well as critical acclaim, well-deserved recognition, and a spot on the 2021 lineup to perform on the festival main stage.

Entering the Band Contest

  • Online registration is now open for the 2020 contest.
  • The band contest entry is $75 per band.
  • To compete in the band contest finals on the main stage, all band members must have 4-Day Passes or Saturday single-day tickets.
  • All Telluride Bluegrass tickets (including band contest entries) are refundable if returned on or before March 6, 2020. No returns after March 6.


  • 1st Place Prize:
    • $750 and strings
    • main stage slot on the 2021 Telluride Bluegrass lineup
    • EP recording package from The Studio at eTown Hall and Airshow Boulder (see details below).
  • 2nd Place: $450 and strings
  • 3rd Place: $300 and strings
  • 4th Place: $150 and strings
  • All band finalists will receive strings courtesy of J. D’Addario and Co.


Rules & Guidelines


Tips from the Telluride Band Contest Judges

2019 Band Contest Finalists

Past Winners