Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2016

Posted by:  Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival  | When:  –  | Where: Sunshine Grove, 12517 NE 91st Avenue, Cypress Quarters, Florida, USA

  Booking 64 Sonicbids bands

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The 2016 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival (OMF) is looking for a minimum of 64 Sonicbids artists to participate in their emerging artist contest.

OMF is awarding 5 opening slots exclusively to Sonicbids artists through a special fan voting and live performance contest. The winners will get to play alongside acts like Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Robert Plant and the Sensatonal Space Shifters, Odesza, Daryl Hall & John Oates, The Avett Brothers, and many more.

The Opportunity

The first annual Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival (OMF) will feature 80+ artists, bands and DJs from around the globe, performing across five stages outside of Florida's Lake Okeechobee.

All completed submissions will be eligible to participate in the online “Voting” platform. The top voted band will win the best available slot.

The remaining Top 32 bands will be invited to perform in a live battle of the bands event, "Road to Okeechobee”, in 4 major cities across Florida at venues such as the Beacham in Orlando, Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, and the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. The winner by attendance and votes in each city will win a slot on the festival.

In addition, OMF organizers will be watching closely during the whole contest and may select a hard working band with great music and passionate live performance.

The Band

  • Welcome to artists and bands of all genres
  • US or Canadian artists only
  • Be ready to reach out to your fans to vote for you! Bands will need the support of their friends, family and most importantly, their fans!
  • OMF's goal is to use the event as a platform for emerging artists to gain exposure and grow their career, with a particular emphasis on Florida artists

The Gig


  • The online “Voting” platform will take place on the OMF Facebook Page January 14th - January 25th. Fans may vote daily.
  • There are 3 ways to win one of the 6 slots on the festival:
    #1. Band (1) with the most votes will win the best slot
    #2. The winner of each live “Road to Okeechobee” events (4) will win a slot
    #3. OMF organizers choose (1) hard-working band
  • Sound equipment (PA, mics, monitors) will be supplied
  • Sets are typically 30-40 min each
Additional Compensation Details:
  • Artists included in marketing and press material 
  • Additional compensation and accommodation may be available


  • Compensation Amount: Up to $500.00