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2022 Susquehanna Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase

ROOTS MUSICIANS, APPLY NOW! DEADLINE JUNE 15

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!

Decorative image of our fiddling festival frog, a black silhouette against a green background, with the words 'Emerging Artist Showcase' in teal at bottom right and numerous white stars of various sizes
Decorative image of our fiddling festival frog, a black silhouette against a green background, with the words 'Emerging Artist Showcase' in teal at bottom right and numerous white stars of various sizes

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.

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.

Previous winners of the Emerging Artist Showcase cannot perform in this year's showcase, but previous finalists are welcome to apply.

Learn more

Check out last summer's VIRTUAL Emerging Artist Showcase on YouTube!

Showcase Guidelines:

  • 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 may not enter, but previous finalists may. 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.

A Folk Festival Event!

Included with admission to our 2022 Susquehanna Folk Festival August 12-14 at the York Expo Center.

Saturday, August 13
afternoon
Details to be announced