'Future Folk' Musicians Development Program

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Have you ever dreamt about performing on stage at the Port Fairy Folk Festival? Here’s your chance to shine! 


Following on from the success of last year's pilot program, Future Folk is back to support young emerging artists and performers hailing from South West Victoria.

Port Fairy Folk Festival have partnered with Moyne Shire Council to offer a unique performance and mentoring opportunity for ten local musicians.

As part of the 2023 Port Fairy Folk Festival, Future Folk participants will work with established artists in one-on-one and group mentoring sessions before, during and after the Festival.

Whether you’re a singer, songwriter, a musician or a band, this is your chance to gain valuable skills from professional artists and experience performing in front of a live audience.

Future Folk participants will receive:

• A full 20 minute set performance on Fiddlers Green as part of an emerging artist showcase
• Songwriters Circle: a two-song performance on the main stage inside the festival arena
• Artists will also receive payment for their performance

In addition, four artists will be selected to perform a 30 minute set on a main stage within the festival arena.

How to apply

The Future Folk development program is open to soloists, duos and bands aged 12-25 years who reside in south west Victoria.

Applications are open until 2 December 2022.

Successful applicants notified on 21 January 2022.

Successful applicants will be required to attend a compulsory program overview session held via zoom in Feb 2023.

Future Folk artist development program is supported by Moyne Shire through the Victorian Government FReeZA program. 

Apply here today to hone your skills and advance your experience in the performing arts.