Festival News

Who Gets to Perform & Performance Notifications

Have you always wondered how we book the musicians and artists at the Festival? Or maybe you applied this year, and are wondering when you’ll find out if you’ve been scheduled. Here are some answers.

Click here to read more about how we programming the Festival with our handy FAQ!

So..How does one person or band get booked at the Festival?

Northwest Folklife is a celebration of how traditions and cultural arts are kept alive in the Northwest. So, first of all, a band or performer must be based in the Northwest to perform at the Festival. Each year we have an online (or hard-copy, if you prefer) application for all prospective performers, bands, dancers, and storytellers. Once the application is filled out and submitted, we evaluate performers based on submitted samples, whether or not the group has performed in the Festival recently (we sometimes need to rotate performers in and out of the lineup to give everyone a chance to participate), and other scheduling factors.

The application goes live on September 1, and the deadline is December 15. (We are no longer accepting any performers for the 2014 Festival.) If you are interested in performing at the 2015 Festival, I’d suggest you sign up for our eNews or like us on Facebook to be alerted to when the application goes up. You are still welcome to participate in the 2014 Festival as a busker, or by joining in one of our dances or singalongs.

For those who applied to be performers in 2014, when will decisions be announced?

All applicants will be notified by the end of March by our programming department. For those who have been accepted to perform at the Festival, there is a period of scheduling back-and-forth before the final lineup in announced online in early May.

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