Songwriting Festival returns to Waimea

The Hawaiʻi Songwriting Festival is back.

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

Grammy Award-winning composer/producer Charles Michael Brotman is the Chairman of the Hawaiʻi Songwriting Festival Board of Directors and the main organizer of the event.

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

The Hawai’i Songwriting Festival serves as a talent incubator in Hawai’i, connecting our songwriters to the mainstream music industry. For aspiring and professional songwriters, the Hawaiʻi Songwriting Festival is one of the best of its kind in the United States.


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


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

Hawaii’s music community will have the 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 more.

Music from this year’s staff members 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.


Multi-platinum songwriter, artist and producer Greg Holden is on the HSF staff for 2022.

“I am thrilled to have been invited back as a mentor to the 2022 Hawaii Songwriting Festival in 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,” Holden said.

Festival registration is now available at Full participant 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 501(c)(3) non-profit organization “The Kaua’i Music Festival”. The festival was held annually in Kauaʻi for 12 years, and in 2015 the festival was moved to the Big Island and renamed “The Hawaiʻi Songwriting Festival”.

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