The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association (TKMA) invites all musicians who will
be under 18 years of age at the time of the Annual
Tucson Folk Festival (May 5th – May 6th, 2018)
to apply to perform a scheduled set of up to 25 minutes on the Young Artist Stage.
TKMA has offered this opportunity to young musicians each year since 2007.
For 2018, the Young Artists Stage will take place on
Sunday, May 6th.
The Two Things Everybody Needs To Know
(please read this carefully)
This is an application to be a
the headliners, all performers at the Tucson Folk Festival are volunteers
(as are all the staff). If you got here because you want to be considered
as a headliner for a future festival, you or your agent should
There is no formal application process for headliners, but selection usually
begins during summer of the year before the festival.
The Tucson Folk Festival is an
event, with some exceptions: Electric bass is OK, and we even provide a
bass amp at each stage. Electronic pianos are OK (played as a straight
piano, without special effects), as are pedal steel guitars and small
harmonica amps. Percussion of all kinds is welcome and small drum kits are
fine (large kits are allowed but discouraged because of stage space and
limited set-up time). Drum machines and backing tracks of any kind
are not allowed. Pedal setups for guitar players are strongly
General Festival Information
The 33nd Annual Tucson Folk Festival will take place
on Saturday May 5th & Sunday
May 6th, 2018.
The center of Festival activity, including the Plaza Stage, Kitchen Store
and Vendors area, is El Presidio Park in Downtown Tucson. Additional stages
are located within walking distance of the park at
Old Town Artisans and the Tucson Museum of Art.
(This year we are unable to use the Old Pima County Courthouse because
of construction, so there will only be 4 stages. We expect to have the
Courtyard stage open again next year.)
Sets are 25 minutes long on a half-hour schedule. If you bring a lot of
instruments, the set-up time will cut into your time with the audience.
We provide a complete sound system with plenty of DI's for your instruments
that have pickups and mics for those that don't, as well as for your
vocals. We also provide a bass amp at each stage so you don't have to haul
one around. If you need music stands, those are up to you.
The deadline for Young Artist applications is
April 15, 2018. We will try to notify
applicants of their selection status
by April 30, 2018.
All applications must be submitted online using the form on our
web site. There are no paper application forms.
There is no fee to apply as a Young Artist.
We encourage you to upload your demo tracks to our server, as this is
easiest for our selection committee to work with (the online application
form will lead you through the process). If you choose to mail a CD, we must
receive it no later than one week after the application deadline. Only CDs
(no tapes) will be accepted. Demo CDs mailed to us will not be returned.
Young Artists Stage
The Young Artists Stage is for performers who will be under 18 years of
age at the time of the Festival
(May 5th – May 6th, 2018)
The Young Artists Stage is not actually a separate stage, but a block of
time set aside for young performers on one of our regular stages. This
year, the Young Artists will perform on the Patio Stage (in front of the
Museum of Art main entrance).
No adults are allowed to perform with the young artists, even as
back-up. Groups with adults are encouraged to apply as regular performers
at the Tucson Folk Festival.
Youth who have performed on the Young Artist Stage for 2 or more years
will not be considered for the Young Artist Stage,
but are strongly encouraged to apply through the general Performer
The same mostly-acoustic instrument rules (see above) apply as for the rest
of the Festival, although we sometimes make exceptions for young artists
– if in doubt, ask!
Sets can be up to 25 minutes long (the same as for regular Folk Festival
performers) but can be shorter for young artists.
Tips for Demo Submissions
Don't include more than 3 pieces. If you mail a CD with more than 3 tracks,
indicate clearly (preferably by writing on the CD itself) which ones you
want us to use.
Please delete all talking from your submissions,
as the selection
committee uses blind listening, so breaking this rule interferes with the
integrity of the process.
Select pieces that show off your strengths.
It is recommended to not include songs that take a long time to get rolling.
We do not judge you on recording quality per se, but a poor recording
(such as one made on a phone in a noisy place) can make it difficult to
assess the quality of the music.
Electric and/or over-produced CDs are not recommended as the selection
committee would like to hear your group as it will sound at the festival.
Performers may sell their CDs on consignment through the TKMA Kitchen Store
with TKMA keeping 20% of total sales as commission. CDs are typically priced
at $15, but you can price yours as you wish. Details on consignment will be
sent after selection notification.