SML Songwriters Festival Garners Record Donations

Participants came from as far away as New York, Florida, Texas and Wyoming.

The Lyrics on the Lake Songwriters Festival for 2017 took in a record $60,000.00 in donations, despite being a slightly smaller event this year. To celebrate Smith Mountain Lake’s 50th anniversary last year, the festival grew to include 50 songwriters in 12 shows at 10 venues and collected $50,000.00 in donations.

This year was scaled back down to 32 songwriters in 10 shows at 7 venues in an effort to concentrate more on quality than quantity, but still managed to bring in 20% more in donations.

A check presentation to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, the primary beneficiary, is being planned for the near future. All funds donated to them remain local, with the CMN hospitals in Roanoke and Lynchburg and will, this year, help fund neonatal emergency facilities and equipment. Some of the funds will also be donated to the Musicpreneur Storehouse Foundation, a charity where some of the Lyrics songwriters volunteer.

Fundraising activities this year included a local open-mic talent competition, a golf tournament, musical entertainment, merchandise sales and the auction of five guitars signed by various songwriters and artists, some from the Grand Ol’ Opry.

Over 4,000 people attended the activities this year, from as far away as New York, Florida, Texas and Wyoming. Festival officials expressed amazement at the results, and gratitude to the attendees and community for their support and generosity.

Other Lyrics on the Lake activities throughout the year are being considered by their planning committee and will be announced as they approach. More information on Lyrics on the Lake can be found on their website at or on their Facebook page.

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