In Austin, music festival season kicks off (officially) pretty much in early October with Austin City Limits and ends in June. However, with smaller music fests gaining momentum, you can pretty much guarantee that festival season is year round. Most artists will be applying to get in on SXSW, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and ACL, but there are so much more opportunities out there. Below, I pulled together a short list of music festivals around the country looking for new beats and young blood. If you are serious about getting your music out there, send in your submissions soon!
Sonicbids seems to be a great resource in looking for gigs and festivals within your hometown and in other cities. Check it out for more performance opportunities. Remember, do the legwork in finding out whether that festival is right for you and if you have the resources to make it over there! Call and really find out what it is like for breakout artists. If anything, look at their past line-up and reach out to smaller act to see how they fared.
Good luck! The world is your oyster!
PAPER CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL | CITY: Chillicothe, OH
MONTH: JULY | GENRE: ALTERNATIVE, BLUES, COUNTRY, AMERICANA
DEADLINE: LATEST MAY BEFORE THE FESTIVAL
30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL | CITY: SANTA ROSE BEACH, FL
MONTH: JANUARY | GENRE: ACOUSTIC, AMERICANA, BLUEGRASS, ROCK, FOLK, POP, BLUES ROCK, COUNTRY
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2015 | APPLY HERE
A3C HIP HOP FEST | CITY: ATLANTA, GA
MONTH: OCTOBER | GENRE: HIP HOP
DEADLINE: END OF AUGUST, 2016 | APPLY ON SONIC BID - INFO HERE
NOISE POP FESTIVAL | CITY: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
MONTH: FEBRUARY | GENRE: ALL GENRES
DEADLINE: JANUARY 5, 2016 | APPLY HERE