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Island Hopper Songwriter Fest postponed

By Staff | Aug 5, 2020

On July 27, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, iHeartMedia and BMI announced that they were postponing the 7th annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest.

“After extensive consideration, and in light of the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the most prudent way to proceed,” The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Executive Director Tamara Pigott said. “We are just as disappointed as our songwriters and fans, but we’re looking forward to next year.”

The new dates for the event will be Sept. 17-26, 2021.

The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is a 10-day music festival in Southwest Florida. It draws some of country music’s greatest singer-songwriters from Nashville and nationwide. Over 80 artists perform more than 100 shows, most of which are free and in small intimate venues on Captiva and Fort Myers Beach and in downtown Fort Myers.

“iHeart is actively working with Lee County and BMI to create new virtual fan experiences for our growing Island Hopper audience, as well as keeping an eye on making 2021 our best festival ever,” Louis Kaplan, senior vice president of programming, said.

Island Hopper Songwriter Fest organizers have produced three monthly “Songs from the Sofa” – a virtual experience featuring previous festival songwriters on Instagram Live. It will continue on the third Thursday of every month. Updates will be shared at www.island-hopper.fortmyers-sanibel.com.

The annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is produced by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, BMI, iHeartMedia and Cat Country 107.1.