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.
Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festivals Inc’s. purpose is to provide opportunities for people to learn, grow and heal thru music and songwriting. These populations include individuals pursuing a career in music through educational scholarships, supporting local school music programs with grants, and assisting the recovery of wounded service members during their recovery. Our programs include- Songwriting Festivals, Songwriting classes, Music Concerts, and Music classes.
It is our vision to create a World Class Songwriting Festival that embodies three key elements, entertainment, education, and exposure. We will attract the very best in songwriters and fans from around the country who want to surround themselves with the creativity of songwriting and the mountain beauty and hospitality of Montana. Fulfilling this vision will allow us to promote tourism in our state and generate the monetary means to fulfill our mission.
Integrity, keeping to our word and fulfilling our commitment to our mission are the values we do business by. Creating value for our stakeholders, fans, sponsors, contributors, and songwriters are imperative to the long term success of the festival and organization.
The Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festivals Inc., is a 501-c3 organization.
Jayne Laurence has been on the board of the RLSWF since 2017. As the Finance Director she is responsible for the long term sustainability of the RMSWFs Inc. She is an independent business woman handling the accounting responsibilities for many Montana companies in and around the Bozeman area.
Mike Booth is one of the co-founders of the RMSWF and is currently it’s board chair and executive director. Mike is an experienced business professional with more than twenty-eight years of supporting and growing businesses. As an experienced business executive and board member of several non-profits, he is able to adapt to the changing environment of the small enterprise world He has spent the bulk of his career leading businesses and nonprofits through the process of strategic and financial planning in order to build long term growth and sustainability.
James Dean Hicks is a country music songwriting icon and has been a contributor to our festival since it’s inception in 2016. He joined our board in 2017 and contributes in many ways, resources talent, judges our songwriting contest and instructs our Master Class. He has been recorded by the biggest artists in the world including Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus, Kenny Chesney, Reba McIntyre and Alison Krauss. He has new songs on a multitude of great artists like Jon Wolfe, Joel Crousse, and Joe Nichols. Some of country’s best selling performers of all time are also well-represented on the list.
Teresa Muhic is a business owner in Cody, Wyoming, having opened Legends Bookstore after retiring from 28 years in the minerals industry. She holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and an M.B.A from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and is an active member and co-chair in the Cody Events Committee. Teresa is a Colorado native but has lived in Wyoming and Montana for over 31 years. She is married and has one son. She and her husband split their time between Cody and a second home in Red Lodge.
As a life-long music lover and the parent of a songwriter, I have a keen interest in helping to bring this slice of the music industry to our remote communities in the West. I think it’s important to provide opportunities for songwriters of all levels the chance to perform, share their stories, and dare I say profit, from their talent and efforts. It’s also important to help the consumers of music in our communities to more directly connect the origin of the songs they hear to the songwriters. The performance of songs in their most organic form is a win-win for the songwriters and the communities when a festival brings the two together. My many years of experience with project development, budgeting, and organization will aid me in being a contributing member of the Board.
Tera Reynolds joined our board in 2017. She moved to Red Lodge in 1991, working at Red Lodge Mountain in Central Reservations, then in food service as a cook and bartender. In 1995, I started Red Lodge Ski and Travel and operated that until 2001 when I went back up to Red Lodge Mountain to work in the marketing department and special events.
I have been a Realtor since January 1, 2008 and thoroughly enjoy it. I like helping people achieve their goals whether they are buying or selling, by providing good, timely information and advice. I specialize in homes and vacant land in Carbon County (Red Lodge, Joliet, Belfry, Bridger, Fromberg) and have established relationships with other agents in the area to refer clients who are interested in property outside my areas.