Our Story

Welcome to the Whitefish Songwriter Festival. For three days in September we will feature hit songwriters from Nashville and Rising Stars from across North America including Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Alberta and Nashville that will share their songwriting, creativity and stories with you.

Join us for this inaugural festival September 17, 18, 19, 2020. 

More than twenty songwriters will perform in thirty plus shows filling the theaters, restaurants, coffee shops and bars of Whitefish with some of the best songwriters in the music industry. Each show will feature two or three songwriters telling stories, trading songs and showcasing their creativity.

All we’re missing is you. We would like to invite you to beautiful and vibrant downtown Whitefish and we look forward to sharing this incredible weekend of songwriting, creativity and music with you.

There’s something for everyone. See you in September!

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These pictures are from the Red Lodge Songwriter Festival, 2016 through 2019

A Festival With A Purpose

The Whitefish Songwriter Festival is a production of the Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festivals Inc. (RMSF) The RMSF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting music education in local communities and universities. The RMSF’s original festival is the Red Lodge Songwriter Festival now in its fifth year. Since it’s inception the Red Lodge Songwriter Festival has gifted over $40,000 to the Red Lodge Public Schools Music Department, Operation Second Chance and Montana State University-Billings.  As we are doing in Red Lodge, much of the proceeds from this festival will go to promote music education in Whitefish and Flathead Valley.

For more information, please contact Cari Klepper – cari@chinookevents.com and don’t forget to request an invitation.

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Hit Songwriters from Nashville and  Rising Stars from around the country will share their talents and creativity with you in a songwriter in the round format.

Nashville Hit Songwriters will be announced on December 15, 2020


“Songwriters write songs, but they really belong to the listener!” Jimmy Buffet



We will host 35 shows over three days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday in eight venues in downtown Whitefish.


“I love playing and I love singing, and the writing. There’s kind of a symbiotic relationship between the writing and the playing.!” Guy Clark


It takes a community to host a songwriter festival. We will need ticket takers, merchandise sellers, labor, venue managers, sound production and many other tasks to have a successful festival.


“If you pour your life into songs, you want them to be heard. It’s a desire to communicate. A deep desire to communicate inspires songwriting!” Bono


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Jim & Holly Brien

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