FARM 2024 Official Showcase Artist Applications


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Official Showcase Coordinator:
Smitty - [email protected]

Guidelines: FARM 2024 Official Showcase Rules / Deadlines

FARM 2024 Official Showcase Rules / Deadlines
There will be fourteen juried Official Showcases at the 2024 FARM Conference on Friday and Saturday evening, October 25 & 26. The conference will be held in Lisle, IL (suburban Chicago) at the Double Tree by Hilton Lisle / Naperville hotel. There is no compensation for appearing in the official showcase nor for attending the conference..

Deadline for applications is midnight end of day (Eastern time), June 3, 2024.

Please submit two live performance web links, which must go to a web page that automatically loads a RECENT, less than a few years old, live performance of a single song in its entirety (for instance, The links must be available from the date of your application through the date of notification (July 15, 2024). There are spaces in the online application form for you to enter the links. After submitting your application, you’ll be able to test your links to verify they are working.

We strongly recommend live videos as your best presentation. Videos need not be professionally produced. The best videos are a simple production of you playing in front of a live audience. The make-up of the act in the application must be the same as will perform in your showcase. Example: if you plan to perform solo, please do not submit a performance of you with a band or backup singers. Also, we expect that the video will be from a recent performance, certainly less than a few years old.

Judges will be instructed to do the best they can with what is provided by you, but they will not spend time struggling with links that don’t work or songs that are embedded in a playlist. We ask the judges to focus on the quality of your performance and songs rather than the production values of the video. But it is still important that the audio quality allow the judges to clearly hear your performance and lyrics (if you sing) without too much background noise.

Judges will focus on the following factors when evaluating applications:
Stage Presence
Vocal quality (if applicable)
Songwriting quality (if performing original songs)


Additional Terms and Conditions

All showcase entries must be submitted online. No mail-in or CD submissions will be accepted.

A $25 showcase application fee is due with your showcase application. Payment accepted via the provided Paypal link (accepts PayPal or credit/debit cards), or via your PayPal account to [email protected] (include "Showcase Submission Fee” and artist's name in comments.

All submitting artists will have their application fee refunded or comped if / when they register for the FARM conference. In other words, applying for an Official Showcase is FREE if you attend the conference.

Showcases take place on the evenings of Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26st 2024. Make sure you are able to attend the conference on those dates before submitting. Official Showcases are very important to the conference and we expect artists who are chosen to attend at least two full days of the conference. Official Showcase artists have an opportunity to perform at a time when no other conference activities are scheduled. Selected artists are a BIG DEAL to us, and we want them to be present and part of our community! We will ask you to commit to attending and participating in at least two full days of the conference to share what you do and how you do it with other artists in the FARM community.

Selected artists, alternates, and all band members and backup musicians MUST be registered for the full conference. No exceptions. NOTE – we have significant registration discounts for band members beyond the 2nd member. In the event a selected showcase artist or alternate is unable to attend the conference, or all members of the act are not registered by October 1, an alternate artist will be selected.

By submitting showcase entries, you indicate your understanding and agreement to the terms listed above. In addition, those selected agree to allow FARM to use their picture, videos, bio and songs in advertising and promotion for the conference.

FARM board members, the Official Showcase Coordinator and Listening Room Network employees, and official showcase artists from 2022 and 2023 are not eligible to apply to perform in the 2024 official showcases or serve as showcase judges (the exception being that recent showcase artists will be invited to be judges of this year’s showcase applications). DJ Showcase artists are eligible to apply for an Official Showcase.

Email your questions to the Official Showcase Coordinator, Smitty Smith at [email protected]

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