- Performer Applications (Open October 1 – November 15)
- Songwriting Applications (Open October 1 – December 1)
- Young Artist Showcase Applications (Open October 1 – January 15)
- Vendor Applications (Open September 1 – March 1)
The Tucson Folk Festival is a free-to-the-public music festival that annually features over 125 performers, including both volunteer performances and paid featured acts and headliners. Performers include local, regional and national acts featuring a large range of styles. Performers are selected by a blind juried process that relies primarily on recorded submissions. The selection committee is made up of 6 – 10 TKMA members, past festival performers, musicians, longtime music fans, sponsors, and / or TKMA Board Members. Well over 300 musicians apply each year for a coveted stage spot at the Festival. Historically, about 60% of our performers are from the Greater Tucson area, 20% are from Arizona (outside of Tucson), and 20% are from out-of-state.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jerry Martin, Festival Performer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
|October 1, 2021||Free application period opens. Fee is waived through October 31, 2021.|
|November 1, 2021||$25 Application Fee/Non-refundable|
|November 15, 2021||Performer application period closes at 11:59 PM. No applications will be considered after this date.|
|January 15, 2022||Performer selections and schedule announced|
|January 31, 2022||Performer deadline for confirmation back to TKMA|
The Stefan George Memorial Songwriting Competition is a beloved part of the festival each year – a chance for established and emerging songwriters to share new insights, new songs inspired by the times, and play for an audience that is hanging on every lyric. Each year, dozens of entrants compete for 10 spots in the finalist showcase at the Tucson Folk Festival. The winner and runner-up of this showcase receives a coveted evening slot at the Saturday night festival.
To read about the history of the competition, watch videos from past winners, and see awards for this year, please visit this page.
|October 1, 2021||Application period opens. Includes a $25 Application Fee (Non-refundable)|
|December 1, 2021||Songwriter application period closes at 11:59 PM. No applications will be considered after this date.|
|January 15, 2022||Songwriting Finalist selections announced|
|April 1, 2022||Songwriting Finals Concert at Club Congress to Kick-Off the Festival Weekend|
|April 2, 2022||Songwriting Winner and Runner-Up Perform on the Plaza Stage at the Festival|
YOUNG ARTIST APPLICATIONS
The Roger Mikulas Young Artist Showcase is an annual performance opportunity at the Tucson Folk Festival open to anyone 18 years or younger. A great opportunity for young, up-and-coming musicians, the showcase is a fun and welcoming environment that offers a chance to perform on a professional stage at a popular community event! The tradition is named in honor of Roger Mikulas, who was a strong supporter and one of the founders of the Young Artist Stage in 2006. Organized today by Board Member Ron Pandy, the showcase continues to showcase some of Tucson’s youngest and most promising musicians.
|October 1, 2021||Application period opens|
|January 15, 2022||Young Artist application period closes at 11:59 PM. No applications will be considered after this date.|
|February 1, 2022||Young Artist Showcase Artists Announced|
|April 2-3, 2022||Young Artist Showcase on the Wildflower Stage during the Festival Weekend|
VENDOR-EXHIBITOR APPLICATIONS OPEN: September 1, 2021
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: March 1, 2022