Tanglewood Music and Arts Festival, 30th of December to the 2nd of January. Set in the stunning backdrop of rolling hills only 2 hours North East of Melbourne.
Our mission, to create a fun, safe and affordable place to celebrate New Year’s Eve while supporting young Australian up and coming and already established musicians, artists and performers.
It takes an extraordinary number of dedicated people to put on a festival such as this and we really appreciate you wanting to be one of those people. Whether you are an artist of any media, performer of any kind, produce your own music, spin vinyl or CD’s or play in a band, If you juggle, hoop, dance, drum, have a wonderful or wacky talent, Tanglewood Music and Arts Festival is always on the lookout for talented people to be involved.
Take your time to fill in the form as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please try to let us know of any upcoming shows or gigs, we love to come and watch our applicants live as much as possible and be sure to read the application guidelines before filling out the application form so you understand what is expected.
Your application will not be accepted without:
- All current promotional material
- Good quality recording of your performance, via links to bandcamp, soundcloud, mixcloud, youtube and vimeo etc.
- A press pack with 2 high-quality photos, A biography, social media links,facebook page, website, youtube etc.
(These need to be correct spelling and what you would want used in our media. We do not edit ill will be automatically uploaded.)
- Uploaded tech rider and stage plot. (if you are a performer or busker an outline of required space and power requirements)
- Insurance paperwork, if applicable.
This festival aims to highlight local artists and talent from across the Victoria, but will extend to the wider Australian community. We look for originality, diversity, appeal to an audience of all ages and nationalities, flexibility to perform in a range of performance areas and affordability.
Successful applicants will be sent a contract to confirm their involvement in the Festival and the agreed fee. All successful applicants will need to submit a contract even volunteers.
Stage & Power
The Stage Plan and tech specs must be attached to your application form for it to be accepted. This will assist our Production crew with your staging requirements and set-ups and ensure we have what we need. Sound engineers will also need to ensure they have allowed for that equipment and power. The stage tech will also help set up so they require to know your basic set up any changes can be updated before the event or even at the event before your performance time.
Tanglewood Festival requires that each artist or member of a performance group have Public Liability Insurance unless you are volunteering your services to the organisation or receiving a token payment to cover yours costs. You must attach a certificate of currency of PLI to your application form if this applies to you.
If you need insurance cover, we recommend www.duckforcover.com.au a not for profit organisation set up for musicians, performers and artists, or https://business-insurance.aon.com.au/professions/entertainment/performers.aspx offers discounts for APRA members.
Tag and Testing
All gear that an artist supplies that you would like to use on the day must have an up to date test tag on it (more than 1 month from expiry) This is a requirement and any equipment not tagged can not be used.
Rules, Terms & Conditions
A quick Tanglewood guide for performer applications.
Some of the other reasons that an application can be unsuccessful are:
- Locality of your act (primarily our event is trying to promote local, victorian and Australian artists. Cost can also be an issue of getting artists interstate)
- The cost (we are a small event that relies purely on the ticket sales to run. We have no sponsorship). Many other events have larger budgets, but even if they appear to be a large event you should always look at what sort of event it is and who does it appeal to. It is important to always ask for a price that you would be happy with, do not over estimate, but also do not undervalue your self as a performer you deserve to paid for your craft.
- We may have had you play last year or recently and want to change it up a little.
- Know your target market! It is not worth applying to a festival that your style of music wont suit. Have a look at the event you are applying to, see what their values are and look at what other acts they have had there in the past.
- Being able to fill out the application.
- Making sure you read the performer guidelines is really important and making sure that you have put thought into your application.
- Set up an application folder once you have done it once you have it for every event application you may just change some things slightly depending on the event style.
- Get a friend that is good with words to write your bio and get a range of people to read it and tell you what they think.
- Also consider the sort of photos you supply, they need to be of good quality. You want one profile picture of the band or solo artist and one that might be an action shot of your performance.
- Sound recordings are so important. You want to supply at least 3 songs vary in your styles so we get a better idea of your act. To make it easier on person looking at your application try to create a link soundcloud or bandcamp. If you can not do this you can upload it to google drive, facebook. There are a lot of decent options. Just so long as we get a good idea on your sound and style.
- Be versatile! Stick to what you like to play and what you are about, but do not just create a set that suits a time you want to play. Try to create a few options a chill set, an upbeat set for example. You are more likely to be chosen if organisers like you but may not be able to fit you in certain times.
- You tube and video! This is something that gets a lot of applications over the line. Its not to say that you need a professional video done of your performance, but everyone has smart phones now with the ability to record. This can be done from your garage rehearsal or at your next gig. Be sure to focus the band in it show the performance and crowd reaction if possible. (if home video do not stand to close to speakers so you stop distortion if you are using a smart or I phone I know covering the speakers with a finger will actually give you a clearer sound in the recording.) We need this to see how you would fit in to the event and even the best time slot to give you. This is not something we can always get from just listening to your recordings and you need to think like we have never seen you before.
- Be clear about what equipment you require and stage plot, tech specs are important. If you do not have any look into what this means. We provide a stage plot example on our application page. Provide us with all the information we need for your performance to happen. Hand drawn sketches are fine. They do not have to be done by a graphic designer as long as information is clear and the sound and stage check know what equipment to set up where for how many people.
- Finally do not harass the organisers we are very busy and silly questions or emails just to say hi take up our time and we do not like to be rude. Most event organisers I know are very dedicated to finding the best new or old music and if you have created a good application they will give it the time. You will not stand out more by sending emails or approaching them in public. Always read the guidelines and FAQ on website first and then do not be afraid to ask questions if you do not understand something and can not find the answer.
This can be an over whelming thing especially when you are just starting out and a lot of musicians do not have a manager or do not have the knowledge to help them with these things. My advice is to take the time to create a good application folder, know your target market, with a good bio, photos, recordings, social media and supporting material and you will find your applications being more successful.