Application to perform

Cygnet Folk Festival

12–14 January 2024

Applications close at midnight on 18 April 2023.

Act Availability

The Festival officially starts at 6 pm on Friday 12 January and ends at 11 pm on Sunday 14 January.

All acts selected are programmed across the weekend and are expected to be available for the entire festival, including possible selection in the Sunday night Finale Concert, which is programmed over the Festival weekend.

The data submitted is verified before the application is evaluated and reused elsewhere, such as your act's bio on the festival website.

We request that all text should be appropriately formatted and spell-checked to save our busy volunteer crew's time!

Please don't use ALL CAPS, or all lowercase (except email addresses), especially with names of people, acts, and places. For example, your town eg Cygnet; the full name of your home state eg Tasmania, not Tas or TAS, Australian Capital Territory, not ACT, New South Wales, not NSW.

Before completing the form below, please read the Performer Guidelines and Information

Thanks for taking the time to apply to play at Cygnet Folk Festival.

Please complete the following details with care and good luck from the Cygnet Folk Festival team!

Programming Enquiries

Application Form Enquiries and Issues

Please indicate whether you are an agent or a performer

Role *

Please enter the agency name

First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Mobile or Phone *
Use only if you live in a building or apartment complex - eg Unit 1, Ritzy Towers. 
Building or Appartment Address

Enter the street address - eg 27 Easy Street

Street Address *
City *
State *
Postcode *

The exact name of the act to appear in the program

Act name *

Type of act

Select as applicable.

Type of Act

Please tick up to 3 genres that apply to your act.

Genre *
Accapella/Choral GroupFolk RootsFusionInstrumentalPoetSinger-songwriterThemed PresentationTradWorkshopDance BandContemporary Folk RockBluegrass/AmericanaBluesCabaretCalled DancesCelticChildren's ActClassicalCommunity GroupWorld Music

Where is your act normally based?

This information must be correct as it affects the terms and conditions of contracting, accommodation and logistics.

Home Base *

Please enter the country of residence.


Artist Pitch

This is your opportunity to pitch to the festival selectors why we should book your act. Describe your live performance, musical style, experience, history, etc.

Should your act be accepted, we will ask for a 50-word bio for the program guide pitching to the festival patrons why they should see your performance.

Artist Pitch *

Number of performers in the act

Applications will only be considered from acts that have nominated the number of performers in their line-up.

If you are applying as a solo performer, enter "1". The number entered here determines how many performer contacts can be added and weekend passes allocated.

Number of performers *

Please list all other performers and their roles in your act

We will collect the contact details of other performers after contracting.

Act performers *

Performance Fee

Your requested fee should be for the entire festival, not per performance. Please quote your fee excluding GST. When considering your fee, please remember that the Cygnet Folk Festival is a small, self-funded, not-for-profit Festival run by volunteers.

Higher fees are generally required by full-time professional musicians/artists than by hobbyists or performers with 'day jobs'.

Fee Guidelines:

Tasmanian acts: Single artist – $100–250, Duo – $150–$400, Band – $300 to $800 dependent on the number of members plus weekend passes for performers.

Tasmanian dance groups/choirs/community performance groups: Up to $150 or season tickets. A day pass is provided for members if performances are on one day only or for large groups.

Interstate acts: Artists might like to consider the base fees for local artists and then add travelling costs to arrive at a figure. We are aware that many of you quote even below this, which is much appreciated and makes it possible to book a greater range and number of acts.

International acts: Fees are negotiable, but in general, the offered fee can range anywhere between $500 and $4000, dependent on the number of artists in the act, suitability and appeal to the festival. Airfares are not provided by the festival. Artists are responsible for arranging their own visas and transport to and from the airport. Ground travel from Hobart to Cygnet is provided.

Requested Fee *

Support Material

We prefer auditioning by streaming sources such as Youtube, Spotify, Soundcloud, or Facebook Artist Pages etc – especially Youtube!

If your act is accepted, your website and Youtube channel will be included in the Festival website.




If you have YouTube videos, please create a playlist of your audition material and copy/paste that link into the field below.

Do not expect our selectors to search for your content!



If you have Spotify audio tracks, please create a playlist of your audition material and copy/paste that link into the field below.

Do not expect our selectors to search for your content!



If you have Soundcloud audio tracks, please create a playlist of your audition material and copy/paste that link into the field below.

Do not expect our selectors to search for your content!


This link should be to an official Facebook Page for your act – NOT a personal account!

If you don't have one, leave this field blank.

Facebook Artist Page

Add an additional weblink if not covered above.

Other Link

Please upload an up-to-date photo of your act.

Please note that the image will not be displayed in your application form, but rest assured, it works reliably and we'll let you know if there are any issues.

Artist Press Photo

Please select one or more types of performances that your act can provide.

Performance Types *
General ConcertThemed ConcertWorkshopChildren's Themed ActChildren's WorkshopDance ShowProcession/Roving ShowOther (street theatre, puppetry, visual art, etc)
Performance Other - Title

If you only offer a general concert, DO NOT complete this section.

Click on the + Add another to add additional types of performances on offer.

Please enter the name of the performance.

Please enter a brief description of the performance, including relevant details such as age group for children's shows, ability levels for workshops, callers for dances, etc

Performance Other - Description

Please enter performance duration in minutes.

Performance Other - Duration

Are you offering a children's themed concert or workshop?

If so, you will be required to provide current Registration to Work with Vulnerable People details after contracting.


Public Liability Insurance

It is a requirement of the Festival's public liability insurance that all members of a paid act must be covered by either an “act” policy that clearly states that all members of the act are covered or each individual member must have their own insurance cover.

If your act is selected, you will be required to forward proof of public liability insurance as part of the contract acceptance process. The minimum required level of indemnity for any one occurrence is AUD$20,000,000.

The Certificate of Public Liability Insurance MUST explicitly state the name of the act or performers covered and also that it covers public performance activities. If you are offering a workshop, it must state that it covers this activity also. A business policy that does not explicitly state that it covers performance will not be accepted.

If your current certificate expires before the 2023 Festival, we will still require a copy of this and a copy of the new certificate when you renew your policy.

If a performance fee is requested, I understand and accept that every member of the act will be required to have public liability insurance cover with a minimum level of indemnity for any one occurrence of AUD$20,000,000.

Public Liability *

Has your act played previously at Cygnet Folk Festival?

Select any year that applies. If you've performed before 2018, select No.

Previous Years

As the primary contact and/or act representative, I confirm that:

I am responsible for supplying all act information.

I confirm the act will be available to perform over the entire Festival weekend from 6 pm Friday 12 January to 11 pm Sunday 14 January 2024, including possible selection to perform in the Sunday night Director's Concert & Cabaret.

I have read and accept the terms & conditions as stated in the Performer Guidelines & Information, which can be viewed HERE

Acceptance *