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Susquehanna Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase

ROOTS MUSICIANS, APPLY NOW! DEADLINE FRIDAY, APRIL 19

About This Event:

Up-and-coming roots musicians are in the spotlight in our annual Emerging Artist Showcase, one of the highlights of our summer festival and always a fun event. Applications are now open!

Colin Cutler

Colin Cutler was our 2022 Emerging Artist

Up-and-coming roots musicians are in the spotlight in our annual Emerging Artist Showcase, one of the highlights of our summer festival and always a fun event. Applications are now open!

We consider an “Emerging Artist” to be a band or individual of any age who has not performed regularly at major festivals or concert series. Showcase applicants are solo acts, duos and groups playing acoustic roots-based styles such as folk, blues, Bluegrass, Americana, world music, jazz, country, folk-rock, Celtic, and the like.

The showcase application is your opportunity to introduce yourself (or your band) as an artist. We'd like to see video(s) of your work along with any online presence you choose to share: website, BandCamp, social media, etc.

Our judges will select five finalists to participate in the showcase on August 10, 2024 at the Susquehanna Folk Festival in York, PA. Applications must be submitted by midnight on Friday, April 19, 2024. Finalists will be contacted by May 1.

Each finalist will perform a 20‑minute set followed by a brief interview. Judges will rate performances on stage appearance, originality, personality and overall consistency. The winner will play for our Main Stage crowd later that afternoon, AND receive a $1000 cash prize thanks to a generous donation.

Previous winners of SFMS's Emerging Artist Showcase cannot enter again, but previous finalists are welcome to apply. The same rule applies to winners and finalists of any similar events.

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Showcase Guidelines:

If you are selected as a finalist...

  • Timing is everything! Prepare a set not to exceed 20 minutes, and be ready to enter and leave the stage quickly. Each performer has a total of 30 minutes.
  • Light folky percussion is permitted (djembe, cajón, bodhrán) but no drum kits please.
  • Your performance must be acoustic. We will provide gentle amplification, or you may bring your own small amp.
  • Be prepared to play a 45-minute set on the Main Stage if you are the winner!

Previous winners of SFMS's Emerging Artist Showcase cannot enter again, but previous finalists are welcome to apply. The same rule applies to winners and finalists of any similar events.

Guidelines may be adjusted as plans for this year's Showcase come together.

This event is part of our Susquehanna Folk Weekend

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