Here is your guide to some current festivals around the world!

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Bigsound – 1 to 4 September 2020
Bigsound is a global gathering of musicians, music lovers and industry representatives interested in the future of Australian music. Held annually in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, Bigsound will take place over four huge nights.
Applications for Bigsound 2020 are not yet open
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Blue Mountains Music Festival – 13 to 15 March 2020
Blue Mountains Music Festival is a Folk, Roots and Bluesmusic festival held annually in Katoomba, Australia.
Applications for 2021 are not yet open.
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Boyup Brook Country Music Festival – 15 to 17 February 2020
The Boyup Brook Country Music Festival is one of Western Australia’s most popular music and camping festivals, held annually in February.
Applications are closed.
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Illawarra Folk Festival – January 2021
The annual Illawarra Folk Festival is four exciting summer days of folk, world, roots, bluegrass, gypsy and Celtic music, as well as poetry, comedy and dance.
Applications are not yet open.
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Maldon Folk Festival – 30 October to 2 November 2020
This exciting three day family-friendly festival presents folk music from a range of Australian Music Artists and takes place in Maldon, Victoria, in various venues around town.
Applications open: February 1st 2010
Applications close: March 31st 2020
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Miri Country Music Festival – 27 to 28 November 2020
The annual Miri Country Music Festival is held over two days in November and happens in tropical Borneo, Malaysia.
Applications are not yet open.
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Mullum Music Festival – 1November 2020
Over 10 years MMF has evolved into one of the most successful boutique festivals in the country, proving small isn’t just beautiful, it’s also economically & environmental sustainable.
Applications have not yet opened.
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Mushroom Valley – 2 to 4 October 2020
Mushroom Valley is more than just a party, it’s a community, a place where you can grow, learn and connect with other like-minded people. A place where you can come and be revitalised and re-energised to go out and take on the “real” world.
Applications open: January 2020
Applications close: TBC
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Nannup Music Festival – 1 to 4 March 2020
Nannup Music Festival is an amazing and inspiring weekend for everyone and a special place to share a festival experience and authentic good times with your family and friends; a colourful celebration of original music, art, nature, community and diversity.
Applications have closed.
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Port Fairy Folk Festival – 8 to 11 March 2020
A celebration of music, culture and community, Port Fairy Folk Festival welcomes all applications from artists across a range of genres including music, theatre, spoken/written word, street theatre, children’s entertainment, dance and comedy.
Applications Closed: May 31st 2019
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Queenscliff Music Festival – 27 to 29 November 2020
Over 22 years Queenscliff has transformed into a vibrant music festival that attracts audiences of all ages. Queenscliff festival is not confined to one genre and each year presents a diverse musical line-up.
Applications Open: March 1st 2020
Applications Close: April 30th 2020
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Subsonic Music – December 2020
Amidst the serenity of the rainforest, mountains and crater lakes, the heritage village of Yungaburra comes alive on the 4th weekend of October each year, with this vibrant, creative festival. Celebrating music, friendship, and cultural understanding, Tablelands Folk Festival is an outstanding community event, completely run by volunteers for over 35 years.
Applications are not yet open.
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Tablelands Folk Festival – 23 to 25 October 2020
Amidst the serenity of the rainforest, mountains and crater lakes, the heritage village of Yungaburra comes alive on the 4th weekend of October each year, with this vibrant, creative festival. Celebrating music, friendship, and cultural understanding, Tablelands Folk Festival is an outstanding community event, completely run by volunteers for over 35 years.
Applications Opened: March 1st 2020
Applications Close: May 31st 2020
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WAMFestival – November 2020
WAMFest is the peak annual showcase and celebration of original WA contemporary music, capturing both fans’ and the industry’s imagination.
Expressions of Interest are not yet open

WOMADelaide – 6 to 9 March 2020
WOMADelaide is an annual 4-day festival celebrating a World of Music, Arts and Dance in the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Park of South Australia.
Applications Closed: August 2019
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For more Australian folk music festivals visit the Folk Alliance Australia Website


Americanafest – 15 to 20 September 2020
Nashville, USA.

In the 20 years since its opening Americanafest has expanded to a six day celebration that brings together fans and music industry professionals alike. The festival/ conference is a must attend event for musicians and lovers of folk, country, blues and soul based music.
Applications open: February 2020
More info here

A2IM Indie Week 2019 – 15 to 18 June 2020
New York, USA.

A2IM Indie Week is a four-day international music conference and networking event that brings together the independent music community with an aim to maximise the global impact of independent music.
More info here

Canadian Music Week – 20 to 23 May 2020
Toronto, Canada.
Canadian Music Week is a music festival and conference held over ten days in Toronto. It is dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries.
Applications Closed: January 7th 2019
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Folk Alliance International – 22 to 26 January 2020
New Orleans, USA
The Folk Alliance International is a festival dedicated to serving, strengthening and engaging the global folk music community. The festival features official and private showcases that help artists show off their talent to agents, bookers, record labels, media and more.
Application Closed: July 15th 2019
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Jazzahead! – 23 to 26 April 2020
Bremen, Germany.

The annual Jazzahead music festival and trade fair is a four days of Jazz exploration. The program includes speeches and networking opportunities with top class jazz musicians and industry representatives and features a broad range of musical and cultural events.
Applications Closed: November 2019
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Midem Festival – 2 to 5 June 2020
Cannes, France.

Since its first event over 5 years ago, Midem has established itself as an international event for the global music community. Featuring artists, labels, managers, streaming services, Midem is dedicated to bringing together the key players of the music ecosystem.
Applications closed.
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Music Matters Live – September 2020

Music Matters Live is a five day music festival featuring a dynamic local and international line-up. The festival runs alongside the All That Matters conference which covers the latest topics on Music, Sports, Online Entertainment, Gaming and Marketing.
Applications Open: Open now
Applications Close: March 31 2020
More info here

Primavera Sound 2020 – 3 to 7 June 2020
Barcelona, Spain.

Primavera Sound are music festivals that take place in the beautiful Barcelona and Porto and feature a range of international music artists. Primavera Sound runs parallel to Primavera Pro, an international meeting aimed at industry professionals.
Applications closed: October 2019
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ReeperBahn Festival– 16 to 19 September 2020
Hungary, Germany.

Reeperbahn festival is a four day festival held in Hungary Germany. The festival will present over 900 events including a range of concerts featuring international artists performing indie, pop, rick, folk, electro, jazz and contemporary. There will also be networking events, meetings showcases and award shows with industry professionals.
Applications Open: Open now
Applications Close: July 17th 2020
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South by South West – 13 to 22 March 2020
Texas, United States

South by South West is a conglomerate of conferences and music festivals that celebrates the convergence of the interactive, music and film industries.
Applications Closed: October 2019
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The Great Escape – 13 to 16 May 2020
Brighton, United Kingdom.

The Great Escape is a multi-day music festival for new music. It showcases over 500 emerging artists from around the world and features speeches, panels and networking opportunities with industry professionals.
Applications open: Now
More info here