Idaho Songwriters Forum Live and Original

Virtual Songwriter’s Forum

Last Tuesday of every month on the Facebook page starting at 7PM

As we navigate to a new normal, we still want to see you all and stay engaged with our songwriting, to do this we have been hosting a Virtual Songwriters Forum.

Read below on how to submit a video for the show OR sit back, relax and enjoy the videos starting at 7pm.

Make an easy video, no big production, upload it and send us the link, we will post each video on our facebook page the last Tuesday of every month. As always the video needs to be your original tune. The video needs to be of you performing your song, just as if we were all together at the forum. Please no lyric videos, picture videos or produced “music videos”.

Email your video link by FRIDAY 2/19 to Carrie at

ISA Online Forum guidelines:

Videos should be uploaded to one’s own personal video server or account (such as YouTube, Instagram, Twitch etc.?) when possible, so a link can be shared. If you do not have such an account, try to reduce the video size as much as possible and send directly to Carrie via (WeTransfer, DropBox, etc.) at

Songs should be original works to which you own the rights, or if it’s a collaborative work, it’s one in which any and all artists involved in its creation have explicitly granted permission for you to record and share the song.

Song length is less restrictive than the regular Forum events, but we still ask that videos be kept to a manageable length and size; at this time we’re recommending videos be no longer than 8 minutes total, including any intros, descriptions/discussions of the song, etc.

Thematic content of songs is usually wide open, though we may have themed events where we are seeking more specific topics. Even when a specific topic has been recommended, we don’t want that to discourage you from sharing, so feel free to still submit something else “off-topic.”

While this isn’t an absolute rule, we encourage more recent creations and/or recent videos of performances, rather than archival material.

Just as we emphasize during the normal Forum events, your video performance should be focused on the song itself, with minimal emphasis on any other more elaborate elements of production, such as complex backing tracks, band instrumentation or orchestration, choreography, audio or video special effects, or staging. Keep it simple and convey the song as clearly as possible.

Since our monthly Songwriters Forums are not possible, you can donate or set up a monthly donation here:

Any donation will keep us dedicated to nurturing the creative art of songwriting & fostering the relationship between songwriters & the community when this is all behind us.


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Idaho Songwriters Association

Cancelled Due to Covid-19.

Scheduled to start September of 2021.


Meet Your Host Dan Costello:

Your host with the most! Dan is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and prime staple of the remote but robust music scene in Boise, Idaho, USA. Armed at an early age with a radio and a baritone ukulele, his love for music led him to a classical guitar degree from Boise State, and a full-time professional music career now spanning over fifteen years as a performer, writer/arranger, educator and simultaneous rabble-rouser/peacemaker in his local community.

What to Expect at the Forum:

Hear original music by many different songwriters! Songwriters bring original songs and sing to an appreciative, listening audience. One writer – one song.  Lots of fun for performers and for the audience. The event is free, all ages welcome, and listening encouraged.

Where to find the Forum:

Check the calendar on our Facebook Events Page as locations change. Most of the Boise Songwriters Forums are held in the beautiful Sapphire Room located inside the Riverside Hotel at 2900 W Chinden Blvd. Garden City, Idaho 83714.

When: The LAST Tuesday of each month.  (except December)
Time: Doors open at 5:30 PM. Music at 6:30 PM . Wraps up by 9:30 PM.

How to sign-up:
Day of show sign-ups will be welcomed starting at 5:30.  Late-comers may still be able to snag a spot if the roster isn’t full.

Sign up to play:

Each month, Idaho Songwriters Association hosts an open event that is free of charge. Hear original music by many different songwriters, each playing one original song to an appreciative, listening audience.  Sign-ups are done in person starting at 5:30 the night of the show.  The music begins at 6:30.