Telluride Troubadour Contest

Telluride Troubadour Contest

Telluride Troubadour Contest

Telluride Troubadour Contest

The Telluride Troubadour Competition is a nationally recognized songwriter competition open to anyone who writes and performs original music and who is not currently signed to a major recording or publishing deal.

Contestants are judged on the quality of the song’s composition, vocal delivery, and the overall performance. Finalists are awarded cash and prizes, as well as critical acclaim, well-deserved recognition, and a chance to perform on the festival main stage!

2019 Troubadour Finalists

We’re excited to announce the 10 finalists who will perform throughout the 46th Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 20-23). Once again we were inspired by the nearly 300 entries we received from around the world. These 10 finalists will perform in contest rounds on Telluride’s Elks Park stage, in Troubadour-In-The-Round sets at Elks Park throughout the festival, during the festival broadcast, and for short ‘tweener sets on the festival main stage.

Further your Festivarian education by enjoying this Soundcloud stream of songs from each of this year’s 10 finalists…

2019 Honorable Mentions


  • 1st Place: Custom Shanti guitar and $400
  • 2nd Place: $500 & Martin Travel Guitar
  • 3rd Place: $400 & Martin Travel Guitar
  • 4th Place: $300 & Martin Travel Guitar
  • 5th Place: $250 & Martin Travel Guitar
  • 6th - 10th Place: $150
  • Each finalist also receives: an “in the round” workshop spot in Elks Park, a tweener main stage spot over the festival weekend, guitar strings courtesy of D’Addario, and a pair of sandals courtesy of KEEN Footwear.

Rules & Guidelines


Past Winners