Submitting to Hip-Hop Music Festivals in 2021

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Wondering how to get your music noticed by hip-hop festivals in 2021? Check out these tips on submitting your music and getting your foot in the door.


The music festival submission process can be a daunting task, especially for those who are submitting to hip-hop music festivals for the first time. However, with a little research and planning, your submission can be a success.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

-Start by researching the festivals that you are interested in. Read their submission guidelines carefully and make sure that you meet all of the requirements.
-Create a profile on Music Festivals Wizard and submit your music to festivals that are a good fit for your style and genre.
-If you have any questions about the submission process, reach out to the festival organizers directly. They will be more than happy to help you.

With these tips in mind, you will be well on your way to submitting to hip-hop music festivals in 2021.

Why You Should Submit to Festivals

Submitting to music festivals can be a great way to get your music heard by new people. It can also help you network with other artists and industry professionals. Playing at a festival can also give you a chance to showcase your talent to a wider audience. If you’re thinking about submitting to festivals in 2021, here are a few reasons why you should do it.

It’s a Great Way to Get Your Music Heard

When it comes to getting your music heard, there are a lot of options these days. You can post your tracks on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, or any number of other sites. You can release an album on Spotify or iTunes. Or you could submit your music to festivals.

Submitting to festivals is a great way to get your music heard by new audiences. It’s also a great way to build buzz around your music and get your name out there. And if you’re lucky enough to be accepted into a festival, it can be a great opportunity to perform live and connect with other musicians.

So if you’re considering submitting your music to festivals in 2021, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) Research the festival: Before you submit your music, make sure you research the festival. Find out what kind of music they programming, what their submission guidelines are, and what the selection process is like. The more you know about the festival, the better your chances of being accepted.

2) Follow the submission guidelines: This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t follow submission guidelines. If a festival says they only want MP3s, don’t send them WAV files. If they say they only want one song per artist, don’t send them three. Following the submission guidelines shows that you’re professional and that you’re taking the time to read and understand the festival’s requirements.

3) Submit your best work: When it comes to submitting your music, quality trumps quantity every time. So instead of sending in 10 mediocre tracks, take the time to really polished one or two of your best songs. This will give the festival programming committee a better sense of who you are as an artist and what kind of music you make.

4) Be patient: Submitting to festivals can be a bit of a waiting game. It can take weeks or even months for festivals to review all of the submissions they receive and announce their lineup. So don’t get too discouraged if you don’t hear back right away; just keep plugging away and eventually someone will notice your music.

You Can Meet New Fans and Collaborators

When you submit to a hip-hop music festival, you open yourself up to the opportunity to meet new fans and collaborators. When you play live, you never know who in the audience might be inspired by your music. They could be music lovers who enjoy checking out new talent, industry professionals looking for new artists to sign, or even other musicians who are looking for collaborators. If you make a good impression, you could come away from the festival with some new fans, some new contacts, or even a record deal. Who knows? The sky’s the limit.

It Can Help Boost Your Career

One of the main reasons you should submit to festivals is that it can help give your career a boost. Performing at festivals exposes you to new audiences, helps you build a buzz, and can even lead to new opportunities.

For example, getting accepted to perform at a major music festival can help get your music in front of industry professionals who can help take your career to the next level. Even if you don’t get accepted to a huge festival, performing at smaller ones can still be beneficial.

Playing shows is one of the best ways to build up a following and get people interested in your music. If you have a great live show, people who see you perform are more likely to check out your music online or buy your CDs. Festivals are a great way to reach new audiences and build up your fan base.

Accepting an offer to play at a festival can also lead to other opportunities, such as opening for larger acts or being featured in festival publications or websites. If you do a good job at the festival, you may even be asked back next year or given the chance to perform at other festivals. So accepted or not, submitting should be one of your top priorities this year!

How to Submit to Festivals

Read the festival’s website and guidelines before submitting. If you don’t follow the submission guidelines, your submission will likely be ignored. When submitting, be sure to include all the required materials such as a bio, photos, links to your music, etc. If you have any questions, you can always reach out to the festival’s organizers.

Do Your Research

As an artist, you should be submitting to hip hop music festivals that best fit your brand and music. Do your research on which festivals have had Lineups in the past that are similar to yours, as well as which ones are a good fit for your budget. Also, research how many people typically attend the festival, and see if you think your music would be a good fit for their attendees.

After you have identified which festivals you want to submit to, the next step is to actually submit your music. Some festivals have an online submission form that you can fill out, while others might require that you send in a physical copy of your music on a CD or USB drive. Make sure to follow the instructions on the submission form carefully, as omitting any information could lead to your submission being disqualified.

It’s important to note that even if you do everything right, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get accepted into the festival. The selection process is often very competitive, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t get in on your first try. Keep submitting and eventually, you’ll find the perfect festival for your music!

Follow the Submission Guidelines

When you’re ready to start submitting to festivals, the first step is to make sure you’re following all the submission guidelines. Each festival is different, so be sure to read the guidelines carefully before you submit.

Some festivals will only accept submissions through an online form, while others will accept submissions by mail or email. Be sure to check the festival’s website for specific instructions on how to submit.

In general, you’ll need to provide the following materials when you submit:
-A completed submission form
-A recording of your music (usually an MP3 file)
-A press kit or biography
-A recent photo

Create a Professional Press Kit

You need a professional press kit before you can even think about submitting to festivals. You might be thinking, what exactly is a press kit?
A press kit is a document that contains all of the necessary information about an artist or band, and is typically used to promote and market said artist or band.
A press kit should contain the following:
-One sheet/press release: This should be a one-page document that gives a brief overview of who you are as an artist, your latest project, any upcoming shows or tour dates, and any other relevant information. Be sure to include high-resolution photos (300 dpi) of the band and links to your website, social media platforms, and music streaming services.
-Bio: A bio should be a one to two page document that gives a detailed account of your musical journey thus far. Include any awards or accolades you’ve received, as well as any press you’ve received from publications or blogs. Be sure to write in third person and keep it professional.
-Discography: A discography is a list of all of the recordings you have released thus far, including EP’s, singles, and albums. For each recording, include the title, release date, label (if applicable), producer(s), engineer(s), mixers, mastering engineer(s), featured artists, format (digital/physical), upc/catalog number, and ISRC code.
-High-resolution photos (300 dpi): You should have several high-quality photos of the band that can be used for promotion purposes. These photos should be taken by a professional photographer and edited by a professional graphic designer.
-Video footage: Include any live performance footage or music videos that you have available. These videos should be high quality and well edited.

Once you have all of these materials gathered together, you will be ready to start submitting to festivals!


Now that you know the ins and outs of submitting to hip-hop music festivals, the only thing left to do is get started! The earlier you submit, the better your chances of getting accepted – so don’t wait. Get those submissions in and good luck!

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