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 2023 lineup to perform on the festival main stage.

Entering the Band Contest

  • Online registration begins on Thursday, February 17th, 2022.
  • The band contest entry is $100 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.
  • Band contest entries are refundable if returned on or before March 4th, 2022. No returns after March 4th.


  • 1st Place Prize:
    • $750
    • main stage slot on the 2023 Telluride Bluegrass lineup
  • 2nd Place: $450
  • 3rd Place: $300
  • 4th Place: $150


Rules & Guidelines


Tips from the Telluride Band Contest Judges

Past Winners