13 May 2021

Rural Fest 2021 Open Call

What is Rural Fest 2021?

Rural Fest is part of the free international festival Make Music Day. On the 21st June, we will be showcasing some online events and performances as well as hosting an in-person LIVE festival outdoors!
We will be celebrating a range of music from local artists across North Yorkshire, and possibly beyond, you will have to stay tuned for the full programme when it gets released!

The festival aims to explore the theme of ‘Rural’ and what this word means to us. Live performances and broadcasts will go out on our platforms during the summer solstice, and we are looking to programme a range of activity throughout the day.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a wide range of creatives to perform at our festival either online or in person!

 Musicians from any genre to play up to 30-minute slots throughout the day, live or pre-recorded (subject to flexibility)

  We are keen to find artists that would be interested in collaborative projects with musicians such as draw-alongs and workshops.

 Music workshop leaders who would like to share their expertise and skills with our community online!


However, if your creative niche isn’t listed here and you have an idea for a slot in our programme, whether that be suited for an online performance or an in person event – we still want to hear from you!

What’s in it for you?

Rural Fest is a completely free event, however we will be paying our artists a nominal fee for taking part in the event (more information will be given with statements of interest).
The whole day is about accessibility, creativity and community, and we would love for you to be a part of it.

Make Music Day is showcased both nationally and internationally. In the last couple of years, our livestreams have been viewed across the world in countries such as Tokyo, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Italy as well as being very well interacted with here in the UK. Consequently, Rural Fest 2021 is a fantastic opportunity to have your music heard by a widespread new audience!

Moreover, we will be doing feature blogs and interviews with our performers. These will be conducted by our Rural Fest young music journalists to further help boost your profile and influence.

We think that Rural Fest 2021 is an exceedingly exciting prospect and we hope you do as well!

How do you get involved?

Applications to perform at Rural Fest 2021 are now OPEN! All you need to do is send us an email at ruralfest@nymaz.org.uk with the following information:
• Set the subject line to ‘(artist/band name) Rural Fest – Answer to Open Call’
• Write us a short statement of interest (up to 300 words) that explains who you are and what you are offering as a performance/workshop
• Send/include a link to either a website/video/social media page that can show us what you do!

We welcome all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We want to represent each and every person in our community to ensure that Rural Fest 2021 is as accessible and inclusive as possible.

The deadline is midnight on the 31st May. Sadly, any applications submitted after this point may not be considered.

If you need to know anything, or have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us at ruralfest@nymaz.org.uk

So, get applying! We can’t wait to dive into the talent we know is out there.


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