Festival-based non-competitive performance opportunities
for musicians and singers, age 18 and younger, of any skill level.

What We Do

Before the showcase- Copper Guitar Town
  • Mentor young musicians
  • Facilitate positive performance experiences in professional settings
  • Recognize achievement
  • Entertain festival audiences
  • Foster community

How We Do It

  • Work with festivals to give young musicians in their audiences opportunities to play official festival stages
  • Organize everything through our online registration process well before the festival starts
  • Review all performance demos submitted with registrations
  • Structure our showcases to allow all participants to shine whatever their skill level
  • Cultivate professionalism

How It Works

  • The music festival setting provides an interested, supportive audience.
  • Andy—as MC, mentor, and educator—sets the young performers at ease through backstage prep and on-stage dialog.
  • Each performer does 1-3 numbers, treating the audience to an Opry-style stream of entertainers.
  • Accompanists and band members may be any age.

What We Aren’t

  • A competition
  • An open mic event
  • A traveling show
  • A band
  • A club
  • A jam
  • Instrument instruction

Annual Showcases

Take part in an upcoming showcase!

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  • When: Last weekend in April
  • Where: Wilkesboro, North Carolina
  • Register: Feb 1 – March 15
    (or until all showcases are full)
  • When: Third weekend in September
  • Where: Winfield, Kansas
  • Register: July 1 – August 15
    (or until all showcases are full)
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