Band submissions for the 2022 Nelsonville Music Festival are OPEN.


Please read the submission guidelines below prior to any submission.

We are beyond grateful that you are interested in performing at the Nelsonville Music Festival. In an attempt to be extremely transparent, we want you to know that it is unlikely you will be chosen to play at NMF. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply, but just be aware that we usually receive thousands of submissions every year, from agents, managers, friends, as well as directly from bands.

Please keep in mind that:

  • We’re looking for acts that typically draw at least 100 people in their hometown, and have a significant history of touring.
  • We generally do not book cover or tribute bands. That is not to say you can’t play a couple covers in your set, but we are looking for bands that have a repertoire of original music.”

A few years back, we switched to only accepting hard copy submissions with a $20 submission fee. We did this because we were overwhelmed with electronic submissions and this process forced you, the band, to seriously consider if you are actually a good fit for NMF.

The $20 submission fee will be used to offset the cost of our zero waste and arts education programs at NMF.

If, after all of this, you still feel like you are a perfect fit for NMF, please send us a hard copy of your latest vinyl record, CD or cassette along with $20 (check or money order) to:

Nelsonville Music Festival
PO Box 217
Nelsonville, OH 45764

We promise to listen to every hard copy submission that is mailed to us that includes the $20 submission fee. We must receive your submission by April 15, 2022.