Postponement Information

The Orpheum Theatre Group prioritizes the safety of our audiences, artists, staff, and volunteers. In the interest of caution regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in conjunction with the Memphis Songwriters Association, we have postponed the Songwriter Showdown originally scheduled for April 23. A new date has not yet been set.

No tickets had been sold, and we are working diligently to provide a new date as soon as possible. We will update this page with additional information as soon as it becomes available.

You can find the most up-to-date information about the Orpheum Theatre Group’s coronavirus precautions at We are closely and consistently monitoring information about the virus and its impact, and we will continue to evaluate procedures according to the guidance of the CDC as well as city and state officials.

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Listen to some of the best up-and-coming songwriters our beautiful city has to offer! The Memphis Songwriters Association's Fourth Annual Songwriter Showdown is bigger and better than ever!

All the songwriters will perform one song to a live audience, and the top three winners will be selected by a panel of judges who are known for their experience in the music industry and are professionals in the field.

The 2020 Songwriter Showdown is the culmination of the On Stage at the Halloran Centre Series' own Memphis Songwriters Series, hosted by Memphis songwriter Mark Edgar Stuart. Each Songwriters Series performance features three of Memphis’ own seasoned musicians and a finalist from the 2019 Songwriter Showdown Finals presented by the Memphis Songwriter Association.

The top 8 finalists will be announced on March 23.