Know Someone Who Should Be Performing At Next Year’s ‘Top of the Park?’

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With more than 170 events built into it 2017’s 34th Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park was a huge undertaking and an opportunity for arts and music lovers to wade neck deep into more stimulation than any one person can take in, even with the better part of two months to do so in.

Next year it’s going to be the 35th Top of the Park and organizers are wasting no time in getting acts lined up. This week Ann Arbor Summer Festival organizers announced that they are accepting artist applications with a deadline of February 1.

This event has been described as “one of the area’s favorite music and arts festivals,” with attendance at multiple venues and businesses from Maynard to Washtenaw and E. Huron to N. University.

“We pride ourselves in presenting incredibly talented local, regional, and national artists,” the organizers said in a press release. “The programming mix at Top of the Park includes a mix of community favorites as well as brand new artists for you to discover each season.

“The performance experience, the audience engagement, production values and promotion of artists at the festival makes this one of the most sought after gigs in the region.”

Top of the Park performances are all outdoor and admission-free, taking place at the Rackham Stage and the Acoustic Stage with several street performer locations.

Registration is encouraged as early as possible, as the festival receives hundreds of applications annually from performers who are interested.

Each year, both new and returning artists are selected to play the admission-free outdoor event, which averages an attendance of 2,000 per night.

Submissions are evaluated based on type of performance, content, quality, diversity, and potential audience appeal. Multi-year submissions are not criteria for inclusion. The curatorial matrix changes every year and guides programming decisions.

All genres are accepted including; Acoustic, Adult Contemporary, Alternative, Americana, Avant-garde, Bluegrass, Blues, Celtic, Children’s Music, Classic Rock, Comedy, Contemporary Classical, Country, Cover Band, Electronic/Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip-Hop/Rap, Jam Band, Jazz, Latin, Novelty/Variety, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Ska, Singer/Songwriter, Soul, Standards, Zydeco and World. All performances must be family appropriate (PG-rated).

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly and to better manage the hundreds of submissions received, the festival no longer accepts any physical (mailed or delivered) press kits, CDs, DVDs, photos, or letters.

Electronic applications can be submitted at this embedded link.

Selected artists will be contacted by or before May 1st.

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