Songwriting Festival Returns to Waimea

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The Hawaiʻi Songwriting Festival is back.

Organizers on Thursday, Aug. 18 announced that registration is open for the annual gathering of music industry professionals. The festival is unique in Hawaiʻiʻs music industry, providing networking, collaboration and professional development for local and national songwriters and artists.

Charles Michael Brotman, Grammy Award winning composer/producer, is the board chair of the Hawaiʻi Songwriting Festival and lead organizer for the event.


“Over the years it has been so rewarding to see our festival become a life-changing event for so many of Hawaii’s songwriters,” said Brotman in a news release. “The relationships made at the festival create a bridge between our songwriters and the mainstream music business.”

The Hawai‘i Songwriting Festival serves as an incubator for talent in Hawai‘i, connecting our songwriters to the mainstream music business. For aspiring as well as professional songwriters, the Hawaiʻi Songwriting Festival is one of the best of its kind in the U.S.

Festival attendees will spend three intensive days and evenings learning from the best in the business: songwriters, music supervisors for film and TV, music publishers, music producers, and more. Small workshops, panel discussions, open mic performances, and speed mentoring sessions will provide attendees with information and networking opportunities needed in order to succeed in the craft and in the business of writing songs.


“It has been a pleasure to be a guest speaker and mentor at the Hawaiʻi Songwriting Festival, which was designed to inspire and support artists and help connect them with music industry professionals,” said HSF staff member and Grammy-Award Winning Producer, Ken Caillat. “I have met many exceptionally talented artists and writers at the festival and I always look forward to the event.”

Hawaiʻi’s music community will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with songwriters who have written songs for mega-stars like Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Pitbull, Backstreet Boys, Swiss Beats, The Gypsy Kings, Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Simpson, Corrine Bailey Rae, Camilla Cabello, and many others.

This year’s staff members’ music can also be heard in the media including shows and commercials such as Smash, Jimmy Kimmel, Microsoft, Reddit, Sons of Anarchy, The Rookie, Good Trouble, One Tree Hill, TJ Maxx, Hyundai, NFL, HBO, Fast & Furious, Friday Night Lights, Google, Black-ish, Chicago Med, and many more.


Greg Holden, multi-platinum selling songwriter, artist, and producer, is among the HSF staff for 2022.

“I’m excited to have been invited back as a mentor at the 2022 Hawaiʻi Songwriting Festival this October. The last one was in 2019, before the pandemic and it was one of the most fulfilling weeks of my life, so I’m glad these wonderful people are back at it again,” said Holden.

Festival registration is now available at Full attendee registration for the three-day festival is $350.00, with limited scholarship opportunities available for aspiring songwriters, thanks to the support of generous sponsors and donors.

The festival is presented by the non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization “The Kaua’i Music Festival”. The festival was held annually on Kauaʻi for 12 years, and in 2015 the festival was moved to the Big Island and re-branded as the “The Hawaiʻi Songwriting Festival.”

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