2017 Festival Performers

TMY is happy to announce opportunities for performers at the 2017 edition of the festival.

Dates of the festival are Oct 13, 14, and 15,  2017.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

TMY gives preference to local performers AND/OR to musicians/dancers connected by place, ethnicity or other group identification to the style or genre they are performing.  Musicians, dancers, storytellers and other expressions of collective or ritualized movement/sound are welcome.

Some expressions of “traditional” music have found success in commercial venues and can be considered by some more “popular” than “folkloristic.” Some examples are Jazz, Western Music, Hip Hop, Mariachi, Tango, African American Soul, Funk and R&B, and some forms of Afro-Cuban dance styles or “salsa.”

TMY curators welcome a conversation with performers about all kinds of musical and dance expressions, but applicants who gear their TMY performance proposal to the most traditional aspects of their repertoire will receiver higher consideration.

DO ARTISTS WHO PERFORM AT THE FESTIVAL RECEIVE PAYMENT?

Yes, artists are given the option of donating their performance to the community OR receiving payment.

DOES TMY OFFER SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL PERFORMANCES  –FEATURED OR CURATED SHOWCASES AND OTHER UNIQUE PRESENTATIONS? 

TMY is interested in special programs that challenge the artistic capacity of our community-based groups OR that explore cross-pollination/fusion in genres and musical styles/instrumentation (i.e. banjos, drums, accordion, strings, etc.). In the last few years, we have supported several curated micro events within the TMY setting.

Some examples have included:
• Pow Wow 101 — a full “micro” staging of what happens at a full, large pow wow, with MC, dancers, drumming circle – all scaled down to 1 hour segments, repeated 4 times during the festival’s 3 days
• Polish Fiesta — funds were made available to support travel from Poland of performance group that joined local Tucson Lajkonik in pre-festival classes and 2 showcase performances at TMY
• Waila Showcase — Nine Waila bands were presented over three days, featuring comments from O’odham MC and different styles of waila musicians
• Mi Cuba – local Cuban musicians supported by guest artists from the region (Mexico, Nevada) presented a special survey of Cuban musical genres in 2 different programs.

BUT PLEASE NOTE: the above were special program. While we are open to hearing your proposal, 90% of performers presented at the festival will fall in the general presenting area.

If your band or group is seeking funding in excess of $350 to support a special group or a curated program you must first contact the festival curator, Dr. Maribel Alvarez, before submitting an application. Write to Dr. Alvarez at alvarezm@u.arizona.edu

WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF BEING ACCEPTED AS A PERFORMER AT TMY?

All applications will be treated with respect and given proper consideration. Our staff and Festival Curator work hard to find a slot for as many performers as possible. BUT PLEASE NOTE: Due to scheduling requirements, stage flow demands, availability of slots or other logistical or artistic considerations NOT ALL GROUPS that apply are guaranteed an invitation. We hope you understand that we want to present as many groups as possible each year; but the times, stages, and budget impose limits that we must work within.

 TO APPLY: FILL OUT APPLICATION HERE