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Urgent Update: Must-Know Music Festivals for 2025



Independent artists, if you're looking to get your music out there, performing at music festivals is a great way to gain exposure. Here’s a concise list of music festivals that are still accepting submissions. Don’t miss these opportunities!


1. The New Colossus Festival


  • Deadline: Applications reviewed starting in August.


  • Location: New York City's Lower East Side, March 4-9, 2025.



  • Why Apply: Known for its diverse lineup and intimate venues, this festival offers a vibrant atmosphere and close proximity to artists, making it a favorite among indie music lovers.



2. Mile of Music Festival


  • Deadline: December 22, 2023, at 3:00pm (CST).


  • Location: Appleton, Wisconsin, August 1-4, 2024.


  • Application Fee: Not specified.



  • Why Apply: This festival emphasizes a community-driven atmosphere and focuses on original music, providing a welcoming setting and strong local support for independent artists and fans.




3. SXSW Music Festival




  • Why Apply: One of the biggest festivals, SXSW offers massive exposure, networking opportunities, and a wide variety of acts, making it essential for serious musicians.


4. SteelStacks


  • Deadline: February 29, 2024, for Musikfest (note: the application link is still open).

  • Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

  • Application Fee: No fee for the year-round submission form; Sonicbids subscription required.

  • Contact: programming@artsquest.org.

  • Apply: SteelStacks Music Submissions

  • Why Apply: Set in a unique historical backdrop, SteelStacks offers a mix of local and national acts with a family-friendly atmosphere.


5. LAMV Festival


  • Deadline: Varies by submission period.

  • Early Bird: $25

  • Regular: $35

  • Late: $50

  • Location: Los Angeles, California.



  • Why Apply: Known for its curated selection of indie music and supportive environment for new talent, this festival is set in the vibrant Los Angeles music scene.



These festivals are excellent opportunities to showcase your talent and expand your audience. Make sure to apply before the deadlines and take advantage of these platforms to boost your music career. If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to our team. Good luck with your applications!

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