(LINTON) - Auditions are underway for the Linton Music Festival. However fewer acts will be featured at this summer's event. (GC DAILY WORLD)
This year's Linton Music Festival will have half the acts on its roster - 25 compared to 50 last year. Organizers intend to improve the quality of sound and stage presence. It's a move to improve the show focusing on quality instead of quantity.
Albright and Ryan Irish, who books the acts for the festival, are going through last year's list of performers and determining which will be invited back. Auditions are also underway, with applications available at http://www.lintonmusicfest.com.
To make the cut, bands must provide:
- At least three professionally recorded original songs on a CD or digital file;
- A professional group photo;
- A website, which can include a Facebook, Myspace, Youtube, Bandcamp or similar page; and
- A band biography and description which is at least 150 words long.
Applying doesn't mean a band will make the cut. Local acts will likely be asked to also perform in a battle of the bands designed to gauge which acts receive an invite based on fan support.
Organizers of the festival are already preparing for Labor Day, recruiting acts for the eighth annual event, which is slated from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 in Humphreys Park.
The organization is all so seeking funding. Organizers may establish a Kickstarter page to seek on-line donations, and intend to apply for more grants through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Indiana Arts Commission.
In 2011, the event officially became recognized as a 501 (3) (C) non-profit as the Linton Community Development Corp.
They are also looking for corporate sponsorships.
A fundraising dinner is also slated for June 2 which will return festival performer Duke Tumatoe, famed as a founder of REO Speedwagon and a popular bluesman who frequently performs on "Bob and Tom," the nationally syndicated radio show. Tickets will be $25 and include dinner. There is limited seating.
Donors and volunteers can also offer help by contacting event officials via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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