Juried Opportunities and Showcase Spaces

During the annual conference held by NERFA, we offer the Juried Opportunities submission process, a superb platform for talented artists to showcase their abilities. We have a panel of five judges, each with significant experience in music curation, who dedicate their time to thoroughly review each and every application. Their objective is to identify gifted artists and match them with the finest opportunities we have available.

This rigorously designed procedure guarantees an eclectic and engaging array of performers for our attendees to appreciate. From live performances at the conference to creating a high-quality video Electronic Press Kit (EPK), from reaching an international audience via our live-stream to obtaining valuable feedback through our ‘On the Griddle’ panel and podcast – this equitable and inclusive process ensures that artists have the chance to be recognized and to forge meaningful connections in the industry.

Juried Opportunities

Formal Showcases

NERFA's Formal Showcase offers a rare and exciting opportunity for artists to perform for all NERFA attendees. By participating in the Formal Showcase, artists will have the chance to showcase their talents in front of industry professionals, presenters, and an appreciative audience.

EPK Recording Room

NERFA offers artists a unique chance to create a fully cinematic performance EPK opportunity at our annual conference. Staffed by professional dinematographers, NERFA ensures high-quality, multi-camera recordings of performances. EPK artists are featured weekly on our YouTube channel, enhancing promotional opportunities while building a strong online presence.

Showcase Opportunities

Private (Guerrilla) Showcases

NERFA's Private Showcases are a cherished and intimate conference tradition, fostering magical moments of discovery for artists and audiences alike. These showcases are curated by dedicated hosts, who handpick performers for their unique stages. Late into the night, artists have the chance to share their music with small, attentive audiences, creating unforgettable experiences. This personal and captivating atmosphere often leads to connections that drive careers forward.

Curator's Showcase

Becoming a Thursday night staple at NERFA, the Curator's Showcase offers a unique platform where our esteemed community of talent curators (e.g. venue presenters, DJs, and promoters) get to shine the spotlight on their favorite lesser-known musicians. This event is not just a showcase, but a celebration of undiscovered talent and the curators who recognize them. Join us for the Presenter's Showcase and witness firsthand the wealth of talent waiting to be discovered in our vibrant community.

Bistro Open Mic

Presenting the NERFA Bistro Open Mic - your chance to take the spotlight and connect with an open audience! Every day, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM, our hotel bistro transforms into a vibrant stage for artists to share their talent. You can sign up for twenty-minute sets on the same day, offering a flexible and spontaneous platform for all performers. This stage is equipped with a microphone and DI, providing a bar gig-like atmosphere where artists are responsible for setting up and running their own sound. It's an excellent opportunity to showcase your versatility and technical skills while connecting with fellow musicians and attendees in a relaxed and casual setting. Be ready to create unforgettable moments at the NERFA Bistro Open Mic!

Specialty Showcases

Every year we welcome a handful of Specialty Showcase Presenters to feature the best of their communities. If you are a partner organization, reach out to [email protected] for information on reserving one of our Regional Packages to learn how you can offer specialty discounts and unique showcasing opportunties to your membership!

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