Salisbury, MD – The National Folk Festival, coming to Salisbury, Maryland in 2018, is accepting performer applications for the 2018 festival to be held on September 7-9. Applications may be submitted through the website Sonicbids, an “online matchmaker” which connects musicians with performance opportunities, or by mail sent to the National Folk Festival office located in Downtown Salisbury. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2018.
Typically, the festival receives submissions from about 2,000 artists each year, although only 25-30 can be selected. Over the course of the National’s three-year residency in Salisbury, it will present a dazzling diversity of performers and traditions.
Quality and authenticity are the primary selection criteria for artists. The National Folk Festival’s approach to programming focuses on presenting “traditional” arts – deeply held cultural expressions that are passed on through time in families and communities and in tribal, ethnic, religious, regional, and occupational groups. It presents artists who are ﬁrmly rooted in the cultural community from which their music, dance, or other art form derives, rather than “interpreters” of tradition—no matter how accomplished. The Festival strives to be inclusive in terms of race, ethnicity, and region.