English Folk Expo 2020 Showcase Application
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English Folk Expo (EFEx) is the annual showcase of English folk, roots and acoustic music. It runs alongside the public Manchester Folk Festival in the heart of Manchester city centre each October.

EFEx invites up to 180 music industry from the UK and beyond to Manchester to watch approximately 45 artists perform live. Industry are invited with a view to finding artists to book for their festivals, events and venues or who can help further artists careers in some other tangible way. Approximately 1/3 of delegates are international and 2/3 from the UK. There are various showcasing opportunities available including as part of the public Manchester Folk Festival as well as private delegate-only showcases.

Venues are a range of seated and standing with capacities of between 80-2,500. We showcase solo artists, duos and full bands.

All artists are paid to perform at our showcase. Manchester Folk Festival is a concert based festival funded by ticket revenue. Therefore fees are commensurate with expected ticket revenue minus delegate place allocation.

The dates for 2020 are:
Thursday 15th October - Saturday 17th October 2020

The Manchester Folk Festival may extend beyond these dates, however showcase opportunities are only available during these times.

We are accepting applications to showcase until the end of February 2020, but the sooner you submit, the better!
Here's a video about the Showcase
What we are looking for
To qualify to showcase artists should be:

- Resident in England OR English by birth

- Perform folk, roots or acoustic music

- Export Ready
– Artists can demonstrate experience of regular live performances across the UK and potentially beyond
– Have released an album in the past 24 months or are planning to release an album in the next 12 months. They must be able to demonstrate knowledge of distributing and promoting recorded music, including physical and digital distribution channels both in the UK and internationally.
– Have a team in place to cover the roles of manager, booking agent, label and distributor. Where an artist is self-representing, they must be able to demonstrate knowledge of these areas.
– Have a quality, multiplatform and up to date online presence, relevant to target market.
– Can articulate a strategy for developing their career and how performing in a new territory supports their career progression.

If artists have formal representation (agent, management, label or other), it is it is required that a leading team member (ideally booking agent or manager) pay for a delegate place and attend the whole of English Folk Expo. This maximises the opportunities for the showcasing artist.
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