It’s that time of year again when all the major music festivals release their line-ups. Fans go crazy over who’s on and who was left off, and there’s no doubt that there are many musicians wondering how they can hop on the bill.
Although there are the “main” festivals, there are still many more that run year round and can help your career take off so that eventually you’ll be playing Glastonbury and Coachella. Keep your goals big, but remember in order to reach those you should have short term goals that can help you get where you want.
Don’t know where to start? We’ve pulled together some resources to help you get started.
- Make sure the music festivals you are submitting your music to fit your style and search on festival directories like, Indie on the Move, FestivalNet, JamBase, Music Festival Wizard, and Sonicbids.
- Be prepared — have your music bio and press kits ready. Make sure you have professional photos as well. These are all things you’ll want to send them when you submit.
- Obviously have enough music that you could play sets long enough at a music festival. Make sure you also have a few videos of live performances to show. This will help them see how you perform and show them that you can draw a crowd.
- Don’t miss submission deadlines! If you have to write the deadlines on 100 calendars do it. This is your chance to bring your music to a huge audience and you do NOT want to miss it.
- Keep your social media up to date with what you’re doing. It’s a go to for people who are making the decisions to see how invested you are in showing your fans what you’re doing as well as how your fans interact with you.
- Apply to all any festivals, don’t be scared to start small. The more you put on your music festivals resume, the more you can show the next time around and in no time you’ll be playing your dream festivals.
- Remember to follow up after you submit. You don’t want to blow up the emails, but it’s good to stay on top of it.
Keep in my to not get discouraged. Hearing back can take time and if you don’t get this festival you could get the next. Remember no matter what festival it is, it can help you get to the next level in your career. You never know who’s there watching. Have fun and go make your dreams come true!