The  mission of the Santa Fe Traditional Music Festival is to provide a rich  and diverse array of music, workshops, jamming, and other activities to  the people of New Mexico and surrounding areas. Our goals are to  broaden the enjoyment and understanding of music from a variety of folk  traditions, and to provide opportunities for local, regional, and  national performers to share their talents with appreciative audiences.  The basic selection criteria for festival performers include:

1.  High-quality performance of music from a variety of regional, ethnic,  and folk traditions, using primarily acoustic (non-amplified)  instruments.

2. Willingness and capacity to participate in workshops and performances at the festival.

3. Ability to draw diverse audiences to the festival.

The  festival has its roots in old-time, bluegrass, and New Mexico folk  traditions, but also includes Celtic, Cajun, Latin American, Balkan, and  other music and dance traditions. In choosing performers and workshop  leaders, we seek a balance between music that is familiar to most  audiences, as well as performances that will broaden horizons and  encourage listeners and musicians to explore new creative pursuits.

Most  of the festival performers and workshop leaders are drawn from the rich  pool of local and regional talent, with a few who come from outside the  immediate area. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization with  limited financial resources, although we recognize that musicians should  be rewarded appropriately for sharing their talent and hard work with  the rest of us. Remuneration for performers will be agreed upon at the  time of signing, and will be determined in part based on the level of  festival anticipated donations and other income.

(We  are asking for additional band information (stage plots, bio, etc.) as  part of the application process and to provide vital materials for the  festival planning and promotion. Last year it took a long time to get  some of this information, and we would like to distribute promotional  materials earlier this year.)

Thank you!


Download Performer Application Form for 2019 SFTradFest

Application Deadline: May 1st, 2019

There are, at present, two ways for performers to apply:

1) Download the pdf version of this application (just below), print it and fill it out, and then either(A) mail it in to: Santa Fe Friends of Traditional Music, PO Box 5851, Santa Fe, NM 87502 or (B) scan it and send by email to: SFTradMusic@gmail.com 

or 2) Download the docx version of this application (just below), modify it for your group using MS Word and email it to: SFTradMusic@gmail.com

If you have questions, please call us at (505) 989-7543 or email us at: sftradmusic@gmail.com

Talent Application SFTradFest 2019 (docx)


Talent Application SFTradFest 2019 (pdf)