Showcase Band Application
The Showcase Band Competition Application process is now closed for 2019. We have had the richest group of talent ever submit their music and for that we are thankful! Our selection committee had it’s work cut out for it in narrowing down the field to the 6 bands that will compete for the 2019 title on Thursday, August 29.
The 6 Finalists have been announced! See them HERE!
We would like to invite you and your band to perform at our Thursday, August 29th, Showcase Band Competition featuring The Lonely Heartstring Band, the 2013 Winner of this Showcase and the 2015 IBMA Momentum Award. The evening will also feature Beg, Steal or Borrow, 2018 TPB Showcase winners and the evening with conclude with a headline performance by Della Mae! This is an ideal opportunity for your band to show their stuff LIVE on the Thomas Point Beach Stage! It is also a perfect way to gain exposure and recognition for your group and WIN $1000 CASH, as well as a slot to perform on stage again during the festival weekend.
There is NO FEE to enter this competition. Each participating band member will receive one free ticket for Thursday (only). Should you plan to attend the festival for the full 4 days, you may upgrade your single-day ticket to a 4-Day Ticket upon arrival for the price of a 3-Day Early Bird Ticket or there are volunteer positions available for those interested. Inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Application Form can be filled out in the form below at your earliest convenience. (or via the PDF form also below). Showcase applications must be received no later than Saturday, June 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed in the order received by a committee of industry professionals. Decisions for inclusion in the Showcase will be announced by June 15. You will receive an email asking you to confirm participation prior to public announcement.
Please list your band name as you wish it to appear in the Program Book and to be announced. In addition to your completed application, it is requested that a demo song link and video link also be included with your entry, as well as a current photo of your group. It is not necessary that these be professionally done.
Each of the showcase sets will be 45 minutes long inclusive of set-up and potential encore. Your specific time to perform will be selected by random draw the first week of August. You will be notified via email with final details of the competition at that time. Please be aware that the first set of the day may start as early as 1:00 PM on Thursday and all band members should plan to be present by that time. In fairness to all bands, we are unable to make changes once the time slot draw is complete.
We encourage you to make music selections that would appeal to a serious Bluegrass listening audience. Remember, the contest winner is voted on by the audience.
We all look forward to seeing you and your group on the Thomas Point Beach Stage! Thank you for your participation!
PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN electronically no later than: June 1, 2019
Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. All Applications will be reviewed by a committee of industry professionals. Final selections will be announced mid-June. Time slots will be drawn the first week of August. Please be aware that the first set of the day may start as early as 1:00 PM on Thursday and all band members should plan to be present by that time. In fairness to all bands, we are unable to make changes once the time slot draw is complete.
The Competition Band Winner will receive a $1000 cash prize, an upgrade to complimentary band tickets for the weekend, plus a scheduled performance on the main stage later in the weekend!