Apply to Play Music at the Arcata Plaza Farmers’ Markets! Deadline Feb 15th, 2020
Thank you for your interest in performing at North Coast Growers’ Association farmers’ markets!

You have found our online application form.

Part of what makes our farmers’ markets so special is the great local musical talent we’re able to provide for the enjoyment of customers and vendors alike. Live music at our farmers’ markets contributes to a fun, festive atmosphere and benefits local businesses as well. Please complete the following form by February 15th, 2020 to be considered for a slot in the 2020 Arcata Plaza farmers’ market lineup.

We aim to provide a diversity of musical genres for our markets to appeal to a wide range of interests. The Arcata Plaza music submission committee meets in the end of February each year to review music submissions, rank them according to preference, and make selections for the upcoming season. To be selected for a slot at the Arcata Plaza markets, bands must consider the following guidelines:

Bands must have at least 3 members to qualify for consideration at the Arcata Plaza markets. Smaller bands are welcome to apply to play at our weekday markets in Eureka, Fortuna, McKinleyville, Willow Creek, and Southern Humboldt, just the managers directly, or email Laura at for more information and details.

Music submissions must be family-friendly and appropriate for a wide audience. The music selection committee typically chooses high energy bands with upbeat music, as this has been shown to support sales at the market.
Preference is given to local musicians, but in some cases bands from out of the area have been selected and scheduled to perform.

Bands selected for Arcata Plaza markets are expected to play for 3 hours, from 10:30am to 1:30pm, with appropriate breaks - generally 3 sets of 45-50 minutes each. Please be prepared to arrive by 9:30 AM to set up.

No explicitly political or religious messaging or profanity is allowed. Band related merch sales and tips are allowed. We provide a sound engineer and equipment, and require that volume levels not exceed 95 decibels.

Farmers’ markets take place rain or shine. We encourage bands to play regardless of the weather! A 10x15 foot canopy is provided with additional canopies available upon request. In the event that weather conditions pose a significant risk to instruments and equipment, we will consult with our sound engineer and scheduled musicians to decide whether to cancel the performance. In case of cancellation, we will attempt to reschedule a date if possible.

If your band has been selected to perform, you will be contacted to schedule a date. Bands are scheduled in order of their ranking by the music selection committee. Once a date has been confirmed, you will be mailed a contract with additional information regarding your performance. If you cancel a date you have been scheduled to perform without rescheduling, your band may be excluded from future consideration.

If you have any questions, please contact us! Thank you again for providing quality music for our communities!
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Contact Name *
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Phone Number *
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Mailing address (for contract) *
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Band Members/Instrumentation *
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Description of sound/genre/type of music for the website and calendar listings (1-2 sentences) *
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Links. Please include at least 3 links to demo tracks for the committee to consider that most accurately represent your music. If including a link to your website, please ensure it is compatible with common browsers, and indicate where tracks can be found if not obvious. Hard copy CDs and digital files via email are also welcome. Email, mail to PO Box 4232, Arcata, CA 95518, or drop them off at our office (contact us for directions). If not including links below, please tell us how and when you will get us your files or CD. *
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Anything else you would like us to know?
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Please provide a link to or send an email with a photo of your band for the website. If no digital photos are available you can also mail hard copies to: NCGA, PO Box 4232, Arcata, CA 95518. *
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