FEST: Lowell Folk Festival 2019

Posted by:  National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA)  | When:  –  | Where: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA


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The National Council for Traditional Artists (NCTA) is seeking traditional musicians and dancers to perform at the 2019 Lowell Folk Festival, happening July 26-28.

Selected artists are paid an honorarium.

The Opportunity

Celebrating its 33rd year, the annual Lowell Folk Festival is a multicultural celebration of traditional music, dance, food, and crafts that presents national and international artists representing diverse cultures. Over three days, the free-to-the-public event attracts crowds in excess of 160,000. The festival books up to 25 performing groups, who are scheduled throughout the weekend on five outdoor stages.

The Lowell Folk Festival is produced by the Lowell Festival Foundation & the Lowell National Historical Park in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA).

Past Performers Include Sidi Toure, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, The Gibson Brothers, Angkor Dance Troupe, Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun, Fairfield Four, Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac, Tribu Baharu, Mythili Prakash Dance Ensemble, Le Vent du Nord, Ledward Kaapana, Savoy Family Band, Rahzel.

The Band

  • Music submitted must adhere to the definition of Folk & Traditional Arts provided by the National Endowment for the Arts (see T&Cs)
  • Additional genres accepted are Appalachian, African Diaspora, Cowboy, Eastern European, Novelty/Variety, Storytelling
  • Artists applying to this festival need not apply to the National and Richmond Folk Festivals, which are also produced by the NCTA

The Gig


  • Set lengths range from 45-90 minutes
  • Professional sound and lighting provided
  • Sound engineer provided
  • Outdoor stages
  • Backline provided (including guitar/bass amps, keyboards, drums, percussion)
Additional Compensation Details:
  • Artists provided honorarium negotiated at the time of booking
  • Travel, hotel, and meals provided
  • Artists keep 85% of merchandise sales

Terms And Conditions

The folk and traditional arts are rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnic heritage, cultural mores, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These vital and constantly reinvigorated artistic traditions are shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community, through demonstration, conversation, and practice.


  • Compensation Amount: Determined at time of booking