The following information is provided to assist you in completing the online performer EOI. Please READ ALL information carefully before starting your application.

IMPORTANT: Apply in this category if you are offering spoken word activities including performances, themed shows, comedy, book launches, talks and/or spoken word workshops. It is expected that ALL performance poets applying will be available to co-host a morning Poets’ Breakfast unless otherwise indicated.
NB: Performers offering general, dance, children’s events, circus and theatre including puppetry, participatory activities and/or structured sessions or street activities should apply under the relevant category. Refer here for appropriate information.

AVAILABILITY: All acts are booked on the basis that they are available for shows over the entire festival weekend to fit in with our programming schedule.  The Spoken Word Program officially starts at 8.30am on Good Friday and runs until 4pm Easter Monday. ALL Acts selected are programmed 3-4 times over this period. If you are not available for the entire festival you MUST notify the Artistic Team when you submit your application.

ARTIST NAMES: Please include ALL performer names in your act when completing your application. Any names not included in the application will not be eligible for the Earlybird 1 ticket offer if unsuccessful.

ACCOMMODATION: The NFF expects performers to make use of the on site camping facilities available in the dedicated performer camping area. If you do not wish to camp you may choose to organise your own accommodation at your cost.

SUPPORT MATERIALS: For the selection process the NFF prefers electronic support material. Please provide links to any relevant websites including Youtube. Live performance clips are the best way for us to determine what you do and how you sound. We DO NOT require CDs in this first stage. (If you are selected we may request a CD to be sent). If you do not provide support material you will severely jeopardise your application.

HOSPITALITY RIDERS: Due to the nature of our event we do not provide hospitality riders.

PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE: To perform at the National Folk Festival it is a requirement that Artists and Presenters MUST provide proof of current Public Liability Insurance (PLI) for ALL members of the act at the time of contracting.

QUOTING YOUR FEE: Your quoted fee should cover your act for the entire festival including travel costs and, be realistic, moderate and reasonable. Please note that we do not pay a per performance fee. DO NOT include GST when quoting your fee. Please keep in mind that the National Folk Festival is a not-for-profit, community based arts organisation run by volunteers and a small staff. Any profits that the Festival makes are used towards improving the staging of the event.

COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION: When entering your Act Name please ensure this is NOT a description of what you are offering (eg. “Book Launch of Memoirs” is a description, “Jack to Poet” is an Act Name. If you don’t have an Act Name use your own. You will be asked to give your Act type. Choose Spoken Word and then, under Style, choose the one that best describes your act. If nothing applies to your Act, select ‘Other’ and then give a one word description in the box provided.