2020 Performers' Application

The Town of Carrboro will soon be accepted applications from amateur and professional musicians for its 23rd Annual Free Music Festival on Sunday, October 4th, 2020.  The kick-off event is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd, 2020.

The Carrboro Music Festival is a "play for free" showcase for Triangle-based musicians and attempts to strike a balance between our returning festival performers and first-timers. Please be aware that previous participation does not guarantee you a spot. We cannot accommodate everyone who applies to play.

Application Process
Applications will become available beginning around mid-April 2020. Applications received after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list. CDs, digital audio files, or website samples are required from anyone who has not previously played the Carrboro Music Festival. Musicians are encouraged to bring merchandise to their performance, however, they are completely responsible for their sales.

A large percentage of the venues, both indoor and outdoor, have sound systems and sound techs. The exceptions are a handful of small venues (with solo or duo performers) where the musicians run their own sound, either with their own sound systems or with those provided by the Festival.

Once the application period closes, applicants who are selected will be contacted by late August when scheduling is typically finalized.

For more information, please email Emma Griffin.