2021 Performer Applications – TO BE ADVISED


PLEASE NOTE: We are in the second year of a new Festival management system and are still refining and making changes so please ensure you READ ALL the information below before starting your application. 
Once you have read all the information below please select the type of performer you are from the MENU on the right hand side to start your application. 


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HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU APPLY: Our aim is to keep the Festival fresh and vibrant. If your act has something new to offer, or meets a popular need at a reasonable cost we would be happy to consider your application even if you performed in the previous year.

AVAILABILITY: All acts are programmed 3-5 times over the Festival weekend and booked on the basis of availability for shows over this entire time to fit in with our programming schedule.  If you are not available for the entire Festival you MUST notify the Artistic Team when you submit your application.

Photo: Photox - Canberra Photography Services (www.fb.com/photoxben) INTERNATIONAL ACTS: ALL International acts should engage an Australian Agent to arrange immigration, visa, and tax requirements. International acts MUST cover their own Heath and Public Liability Insurance.

PUBLIC LIABILITY: It is a requirement that all successful Acts/Artists provide proof of current Public Liability Insurance (PLI) for ALL members of the act at the time of contracting.

ARTIST NAMES: Please include ALL performer names in your act when completing your application. It is NOT acceptable to just give a number of performers and may severely jeopardise your application. If Acts need to change personnel this can be done with the prior approval of the Artistic Director. Any names not included in your application will not be eligible for the Earlybird 1 ticket offer if unsuccessful.

RIDERS: The Festival DOES NOT provide Hospitality Riders.

ACCOMMODATION: The National Folk Festival expects the majority of performers to stay on site in the dedicated performer camping area. If you do not choose to camp you may organise your own  accommodation at your cost. If you are travelling from interstate and can’t bring much gear with you hiring a tent is an excellent option (cost available on application). International Acts/Artists or those travelling long distances may request the festival to provide accommodation in the form of Tent City (on-site two and four person tents with stretcher and mattress only provided) or a booked room. These rooms are shared accommodation (with members of your act) and are single beds only. We are not able to accommodate performer families. If you are thinking of bringing your family you are advised to camp or seek your own arrangements. Booked accommodation is a cost to the Festival and will be taken into consideration along with your requested fee when ascertaining the viability of booking your Act/Artist. The Festival is unable to provide any form of booked accommodation for large ensembles, session musicians or community groups.

BohemiaShowcase_MariaKoulouris-3959TICKETS: The Festival issues tickets to Artists only. With over 1200 performers it is not possible to issue complimentary tickets to family, band managers or entourage.
DO NOT pre-purchase any Festival Tickets before you have received notification regarding the status of your application.  If your application is unsuccessful, all members of your act listed in the original application will be eligible to purchase Earlybird 1 tickets.  At this time immediate family members only (spouse, partner, dependent children 18 yrs and under) will also be eligible to purchase tickets at the Earlybird 1 rate. Please ensure ALL members of your act are aware of this at the time of applying.

FAMILY TICKETS: Special Rate – If your act is successful members listed in your application will be eligible to purchase tickets for their immediate family only at a discounted rate. NB: Extended family members are NOT eligible for this offer.

TIPS FOR COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION: You must enter information in ALL boxes marked with an * indicating a required field. On receipt of your completed application the Festival will send you a confirmation email.

SUPPORT MATERIALS: For the selection process we require some form of support material. Please provide links to any relevant websites including Youtube. Live performance clips are the best way for us to determine what you do and how you do it or sound. If you do not provide links to any form of support material with your application you will severely jeopardise your chances of being accepted.

IMPORTANT: There are seven program categories. Acts may select more than one category ie. If you wish to provide concert performances but also want to offer something in another category e.g. KidzFest or Dance etc. then you should also select that category when completing your application. If you’re only offering something in one program category then just select the one that is applicable to you.

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WHAT ARE YOU OFFERING: After selecting your category/categories you will be asked to “Describe what you are offering the Festival”. This will all now be listed in the one place so ensure you include something for every category you tick. Please DO NOT give lengthy descriptions. Start a new line for each program element you want to offer and keep each entry brief and to ONE LINE ONLY. With so many applications we don’t have time to plough through 100s and 100s or words. See the examples below. If we want more information we will ask for it if your application is successful.

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QUOTING YOUR FEE: See the links for the various Program Categories.

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