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Artist Application

The New Colossus Festival

March 6-10, 2024

LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC

Thank you for your interest in performing at The New Colossus Festival 2024. We had an incredible time at the 2023 edition excited to return to New York City's Lower East Side next year. 

Before you rush into filling out the form and paying the application fee, we strongly urge you to read the following carefully. If you have any questions related to this application, please don’t hesitate to contact us at, info@newcolossusfestival.com. To be clear, we will not be accepting applications via this email. 

Who We Are & What We Are Looking For:

The New Colossus Festival is a celebration of live music and we are looking for those who deliver a great live experience and looking to grow their fans and professional networks. We are focused on emerging from around the world and locally and we are invested in the artist. What we are looking for from artists is based on three factors:

1. The Music

The festival mainly focuses on indie rock. We strongly recommend you listen to our 2023 Spotify Playlist and decide if you think your music would fit. Please don't email us to ask if your music would fit. That is what this application is for. :)

2. Newness

We’re looking for up and coming artists who are working towards building a fanbase and want exposure in New York City. International artists who are established at home yet have never played the US, are "new" to us. 

 

3. Showcase Ready

We will be choosing performers who have the capacity to benefit from showcasing in front of a new audience and are interested in networking at the festival. 

Please do not apply if:

You performed at the 2019-2023 editions of the festival. Email us to discuss first. 

You are not confident you fit the criteria outlined above.

Your band is a cover/tribute band. We are looking for original artists performing original material. 

You are planning to leave the band you normally perform with at home and play solo with tracks. To be clear, if you're a band, we would prefer you come as a band. 

You have not fully considered the financial obligations required on your part including travel, accommodations, promo, and work authorizations for international performers. 

Festival Dates:

The dates of The New Colossus Festival are March 6-10, 2024* at select venues on New York City’s historic Lower East Side.

 

Please understand that we need to have a radius clause for all festival artists to ensure the highest quality experience for everyone. This simply means no additional public shows in the NYC area between February 1 & March 31 2024. We reserve the right to remove artists from the lineup who violate this radius clause. 

*DISCLAIMER: Conditions such as a public health emergency or bad weather fall beyond the control of the organizers and may cause The New Colossus Festival to alter or cancel programming without notice. The artist and their representatives will not hold The New Colossus Festival responsible for expenses incurred by the performers or their teams including this application fee, travel, accommodation, or promo due to cancellations for such matters.

 

Programming:
International artists will make up around 75% of the program and get at least two separate 30-minute showcase slots.

 

US artists will make up around 25% of the program will be given at least one 30-minute showcase slot.

 

Age Restrictions:
The legal age to enter the venues is 21+**. Be advised that underage performers can apply and will be able to perform, but will have limited access to the festival. Underage friends and family members will not be able to attend. 

**DISCLAIMER: Anyone under 21 years old caught drinking or anyone who provides alcohol to underage people will cause their entire party to be removed from the festival. The artist and their representatives will not hold The New Colossus Festival responsible for expenses incurred by the performers or their teams including this application fee, travel, accommodation, or promo due to violating the law. 

 

Festival Access: 
We will provide complimentary festival badges (value = $100 each) to all performers and road crew who are 21 years old and over. This grants priority access*** to all events including showcases, parties, happy hours, and the "Colossal Conversations" panel series. 

***DISCLAIMER: Any person or any song/artwork/action/performance that is racist, homophobic, misogynist, or otherwise hateful or harmful is not welcome at the festival or in our community. We reserve the right to remove performers from the line-up based on failing to meet our professional and ethical standards. We will not be held responsible for expenses incurred by the performers or their teams including travel, accommodation, or promo due to cancellations for such matters. 

 

Compensation:
Yes, we pay artists. We divide net proceeds at each paid show equally between the artists on the bill.  Please keep in mind, this is a showcase which is a 30min set with the main purpose of being seen by booking agents, record label A&R, managers, sync licensing, and of course new fans.

A Note for International Artists:
Proper authorization such as a visa is required by law for most non-citizens to enter the US and do business. Applicants who are invited to perform will agree to take full responsibility for knowing what they may need to travel and work in the US including covering any fees associated with obtaining authorization. 

Application Fee:

There's a NON-REFUNDABLE $100 application fee which covers basic administrative costs. 

Thank you again for your interest in playing at The New Colossus Festival 2024. We look forward to checking out your music and will be in touch.

Artist Application 

Please fill truthfully and accurately. Application fees are non-refundable. We will notify all applicants within 30 days of submission

Thank you for your interest in playing at The New Colossus Festival. We look forward to checking out your music and will be in touch within 90 days.

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