2017 Performers' Application

The Town of Carrboro is currently seeking both amateur and professional musicians for its 20th Annual Free Music Festival on Saturday, September 23, 2017 and Sunday, September 24, 2017.

The Carrboro Music Festival is a "play for free" showcase for Triangle-based musicians and attempts to strike a balance between our returning festival performers and first times. Please be aware that previous participation does not guarantee you a spot. We cannot accommodate everyone who applies to play.

Application Process


Applications will be available from May 10 through July 10, 2017. Applications received after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list. Tapes, CDs or website samples are required from anyone who has not previously played the Carrboro Music Festival. Musicians are encouraged to bring merchandise to their performance, however, they are completely responsible for their sales.

Almost all venues, both indoor and outdoor, have sound systems and sound techs. The exceptions are a handful of small venues (with solo or duo performers) where the musicians run their own sound with systems we have provided.

Please complete the form below and send by clicking submit. Everyone will be contacted by mid-August when scheduling is normally complete.

For more information, please email Jim Dennis.


Online Application


Complete our online application  after May 10th.