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Utah’s Original Songwriting Slam & Concert


… well not that type of slam…

For the 9th time, Art City Music Fest (ACMF) will invite all local songwriters/musicians to undertake it’s yearly challenge: to meet, collaborate, create and perform a song – all on the same day!

It’s a micro RockStar Experience.


… not that type of micro rockstar, but all in one day.

The ACMF is a highly unique experience. Songwriters, singers, instrumental musicians, writers, poets and artists come from all over the West to participate.


They will meet like-minded performers, form into writing/performing groups, and slam out a song (sometimes multiple songs) in just 8 hours. Then they will perform their song as part of an “all-star concert” which is open to the public. All the events of the ACMF 2016 are absolutely free.


This year’s ACMF songwriting workshop is titled “Four Approaches to Songwriting” by a former music instructor at the University of Utah. This concise, insightful class will help get ideas churning and will offer direction for those who are newer to the songwriting craft.

The bulk of the day will be spent in self-contained songwriting groups.

The participants will break into groups of their own choosing, brainstorm together, collaborate on music and lyrics, and test their ideas by rehearsing the various parts.

Much less cliquey than school lunch!

They will write and rewrite, sing and play, hone and polish. Their songs will benefit from the “cross-pollination of ideas” and – ultimately – from the collected experience of their group.

The crowning achievement of the ACMF each year is the concert, wherein the dozen-or-so groups will perform their song: on stage, to a live audience, with amplification and monitoring. This is a perfect opportunity for photos and recordings.

There are also door prizes for the participants, donated by local businesses.


This event is extraordinary in that many of the performers will have met for the first time on that very morning!
One notable example of the importance of meeting and networking with new musicians: the band Star-Off was listed as “one of the best indie bands in the world” (Wiles Magazine “Summer Guide to Independent Artists” July 2014). And – you guessed it! – Star-Off’s Brad Williams and Nathan Standage met at the Art City Music Fest!





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