NWSS Band Competition

 Welcome to the 2015 Band Competition Application page. Participation in NWSS Band Competition has become a highly regarded showcase for up-and-coming and well established bands alike. Nearly all of our competitors have gone on to successful national touring careers. We encourage everyone who has song writing and instrumental talents to consider entering the NWSS Band Competition., whether or not you have tour history in the PNW market/region.
There are two ways to enter: 1) fill out the below electronic application, or 2) print and fill out this application and mail it in with demo CD(s).
We consider all entries very carefully and take them very seriously.
Band Competition Application for snail mail.

Band Competition

Online Band Competition Application. Here you are able to electronically fill out the application and submit your band's music. Please fill out the form below and upload your music (mp3 files only). If you choose to mail in entries, please send to: NWSS - Band Competition 1435 Yarmouth Ave #106 Boulder, CO 80304

Questions? Contact skye@stringsummit.com

The 2015 Northwest String Summit will again feature a band competition on Friday afternoon.


1) Entry Forms must be received by April 17, 2015. Online application below. Four finalists will be chosen by the week of May 11, 2015 and all will be notified.
2) The competition will take place on Friday, July 17, 2015 time TBA.
3) Each band will perform for 10 - 15 minutes on the main stage.
4) A lottery will determine the order in which bands perform.
5) Each performing band member in the competition will receive weekend admission into the festival free of charge.
6) Each band must be present for a pre-competition meeting held backstage one hour before the competition begins. Time is TBD.
7) Judges for the competition will include members of Yonder Mountain String Band and the String Summit staff.
8) The band finishing in first place will receive an offer to perform the opening spot on Sunday of this years festival and at next year’s Northwest String Summit festival.
9) Each band in the competition will be permitted to sell their CD’s and other goods at the Band Merchandise area.
10) Single mic ONLY, acoustic instruments only (no DI, no drums).

  • Accepted file types: mp3.