Original music venues

Attending Shows Attending shows where the performers play original music is a great way to learn and network. Use the links below to find shows that interest you and to check cover charges, minimums and reservation policies. Getting booked Click here for information on playing local writers nights. If you want to do a longer set than a writers night allows for, check out the websites of the local clubs to find one that is a good fit for your music. Be aware that the original music clubs in Nashville rarely pay. A typical arrangement is that you pay the sound person and door person, then you keep all or part of the cover charge and merchandise sales. If you don’t already have a following it will be hard to get a booking and even harder to charge a cover so “pay to play” is not uncommon.

Bluebird Cafe Richard’s Cafe Third and Lindsley 12th and Porter Douglas Corner The Listening Room

Blue Bar The Basement Five Spot Taps and Tapas Family Wash Exit Inn

Mercy Lounge Pucketts Grocery Dan McGuiness The Tin Roof Mad Donna’s Cafe Coco