Founded in Washington DC in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, “The 9 Songwriter Series” is a touring collective and live show featuring nine acts performing together for one evening of songs and collaboration. In an industry where artists are often working independently, “The 9” brings performers together, often whom have never met, to combine their talents and perform to large crowds around the country. Each installment features an ensemble of nine acts performing in a unique and captivating format, telling stories, and sitting in on each other’s songs with little to no rehearsal for a community experience that can’t be duplicated or emulated. To date, over 500 different artists have participated in “The 9” at shows in DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Fairfield, Boston, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, New Orleans, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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  • I’m an artist, how can I play on a show with “The 9”?
  • If you’re interested in performing with “The 9”, fill out the application in the apply section on the website and send an introductory email in our contact section.

  • Is “The 9” a showcase?
  • “The 9 Songwriter Series” isn’t a showcase, but rather a ticketed ensemble performance featuring a large cast of amazing artists and multi-instrumentalists all working to perform together on stage.

  • How long is the show?
  • The show is about two hours long, roughly the same amount of time as an average opener and headliner concert.

  • I’m an artist, how many songs do I play on a show with “The 9”?
  • Each artist performs three of his or her own songs, in addition to sitting in with other artists on their songs.

  • Is the show “in the round”?
  • No, each artist takes the stage on their own, along with their chosen collaborators from the lineup.

  • I’m a fan, how can I get “The 9” to play in my town?
  • If you’re interested in having “The 9” perform near you, send us a message through the contact page on the website.