Apply to Play is a free service for festival, showcase and venue bookers, available as part of the Music Glue platform. It is also completely free for artists to apply.
Already in 2017, over 10,000 artists have applied for events across the globe through Music Glue. From industry showcases in North America to summertime jazz festivals in the UK, Apply to Play saves bookers time by aggregating all applications into one place, making it easy to review and connect with each artist directly.
We constantly update this page with the latest opportunities - keep checking for new ones.
The Apply to Play opportunities below are live, good luck!
Before you get started, read these simple insider's tips from The Great Escape festival booker to optimise your profile.
'Introducing Hit The North festival, the North East’s biggest multi-venue music festival in the heart of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Taking place on 28 April 2017, the festival aims to celebrate the UK’s hottest acts whilst providing a platform for emerging talent and music discovery. With 11 venues, 65 announced bands and one ticket; Hit The North will be putting the North East on the map as a destination for music fans. Now is your chance to get involved with one of the most exciting events to ‘hit the north’ in decades. The festival team has a slot available for one lucky act to open Hit The North festival. Impress them and it might just be you! Apply to play here.
Bushstock is an annual celebration of the year round work Communion achieve as a promoter, featuring one summer day of cutting edge programming, around multiple venues in Shepherds Bush in London. The festival’s focus is creating a platform for the genuine discovery of new music (bringing proper music fans and great new artists together) and celebrating Communion’s West London heritage. We've partnered with Bushstock this year for a very special Apply to Play. All submissions will be reviewed and one artist will be chosen to perform an opening slot at this year’s festival. The successful applicant will be contacted via email by Friday 28 April 2017. Entries close 31 March. Apply to play here.
Mondo is an annual festival and business summit, bringing together, music, technology and innovation, taking place in New York City 4 -8 October 2017. The daytime business summit is held in partnership with New York University. Mondo brings together a community of musicians, innovators, business disruptors, thinkers and doers, powering the discovery of new music and technology. At night, Mondo showcases a curated selection of unique and compelling artist performances from newcomers to musicians on the precipice of success. Artist submissions close on 4 August 2017. Apply to play here.
Metropolis Studios in association with Music Glue brings you 'Metropolis Rising', a brand new platform offering the most promising new talent the opportunity to perform at one of the most famous recording facilities in the world, Metropolis Studios in London, UK. Apply to play here.
Always The Sun is an independent three-day event celebrating music, arts, community; and green living. Taking place in Stoke Park, Guildford on 8-10 September 2017, the family-orientated festival will feature both nationally acclaimed artists and local talent. Dedicated stages for theatre and the arts will be represented through collaboration with the area’s leading theatre and arts companies, celebrating Guildford’s vibrant and historic creative scene. Apply to play here.
Over the last seven years the Future Music Forum has become known for its forward looking stance within the industry, intimate atmosphere & one of the premier events for the US & European digital music industry to meet. The FMF is an agile, creative, experienced team of event producers, company CEO’s, musicians and PR & marketing professionals that prides itself on producing an unforgettable event experience. FMF takes place 13-15 September 2017 in Barcelona. Apply to play here.
Held in association with Wall Of Sound and Rough Trade over May Day bank holiday, Portobello Live festival features hot new bands and performers alongside rock royalty and special guests. The programme of events, playing out across the stages of Portobello's iconic pubs, clubs and venues, will provide fun and entertainment galore under one big umbrella. Music, film, poetry and art lovers will join with music industry and media professionals to enjoy the best of the West in a diverse programme of delight. Apply to play here.
Set in the stunning surrounds of the Lake District’s Eridge Deer Park, Kendal Calling is an innovative, independent festival renowned for more than just music! Located in one of the most beautiful festival sites in the UK, it is a highlight of the busy summer calendar. Kendal Calling 2017 will showcase huge headliners, rising stars & unique acts on their array of stages. Kendal Calling will take place 27-30 July 2017. Apply to play here.
Bluedot is a brand new festival of discovery located in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics; the iconic space observatory and the heart of the festival's quest for knowledge. Festival goers are invited to camp out under the stars and explore an interstellar programme of ground breaking encounters blending music, technology, arts, and the sciences. This is your chance to be part of an incredible experience. Apply to play here.
Moseley Folk Festival programs a healthy mix of traditional, contemporary and downright experimental folk and acoustic music. Showcasing unsigned acts right next to well established international artists makes for a really exciting bill. This year they're again venturing out beyond the tree lined boundaries of the park into a choice selection of Moseley Village’s finest pubs where you’ll find sessions, dancing and an array of talented musicians.Apply to play here.
Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival is now taking artist submissions to play at the Birmingham event on 7-9 July, 2017. Last year's line up included Parliament-Funkadelic, De La Soul, Craig Charles, Blackalicious and many more amazing artists. This is your chance to join in. Apply to play here.
These opportunities have recently closed.
Palestine Music Expo 2017 takes place 4-7 April. The Expo will showcase both established and upcoming Palestinian artists to local audiences and key members of the international music industry. These will include record companies, booking agencies, music supervisors, festivals promoters and Media. The Expo will bring artists and professionals together, in an effort to build mutually beneficial relationships and develop valuable networking opportunities in Palestine. Apply to play at Palestine Music Expo is now closed.
The Great Escape showcases over 450 emerging artists from all over the world in venues across Brighton, UK and will take place 18-20 May 2017. Already announced acts to play in 2017 include Klangstof, MarthaGunn, Matt Maeson, Moses, Nilufer Yanya, Pote (Live), The Age of L.U.N.A and more. Apply to play at The Great Escape is now closed.
Live At Leeds is an award winning metropolitan festival held annually within a variety of venues and spaces in Leeds and will take place on 29 April 2017. Already confirmed to play are Slaves, Wild Beasts, White Lies and many more, including Music Glue artists Jaws, Let’s Eat Grandma and Flamingods. Apply to play at Live at Leeds is now closed.
FOCUS Wales is back and will take place over 11-13 May 2017! FOCUS Wales is an annual multi-venue festival taking place in Wrexham, North Wales, each spring, which places the music industry spotlight firmly on the emerging talent that Wales has to offer the world. FOCUS Wales 2017 will mark the festival's 7th edition, and will welcome over 7,000 people to the town, building upon 2016′s record attendance across a jam-packed weekend of events. There's no place like Wrexham during FOCUS Wales, as we showcase 200+ bands, fill out a variety of spaces and music venues, using 20 stages, and hosting a full schedule of Interactive Industry Sessions, Stand-up Comedy, Arts events, and Film screenings, throughout the festival. Apply to play at Focus Wales is now closed. You can grab a ticket to the festival here.
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