Band Application (2023)

2023 Band Interest Form

Greetings, dear bands, from the Somerville HONK! Committee!

In an effort to help us with the very difficult task of selecting bands to attend our festival, we are asking you, via the attached form, to let us know of your interest and availability to attend HONK! 2023.

Filling out this form lets us know you are interested in being invited, it does not guarantee we will be able to invite your band (we are not able to invite every band every year). We do our best to stagger invitations and to be as inclusive as possible.

For those unfamiliar with this festival, here is some pertinent information:

The HONK! Festival is a gathering of activist street bands. We play for the public, and we play for each other. We gather as a community to exchange ideas and music, and we collaborate on political actions during the festival. These have included playing outside an immigration detention center and protesting low-wage jobs with local labor union activists in food courts and retail locations. Our annual parade brings together many community folks working on a range of issues regarding social justice and environmental causes and we try to pair these groups with bands based on shared interests.

We give priority to bands with an activist mission at their core and who are working to support their communities through music. Participating bands are our partners in making the festival a success and for building a national and international community of engaged musicians contributing to civil liberties, human rights, and social justice through music.

We are an all-volunteer organizing committee. We provide food, and community volunteers generously host visiting musicians in their homes. We raise funds so we can contribute toward bands’ travel costs.

Please fill out the application below and feel free to tell us anything we didn’t ask about your band that you want us to know in the additional information field at the bottom. If you know of other bands who would be a good match to our festival, please feel free to forward this application to them as well. Thank you!

With deep love and gratitude,
The HONK! Committee

2023 Band Application

  • Band Contact Information

  • This is the address we will use to communicate with you about this year's band application.
  • This is the "generic" address for your band that you publish to the public if they want to contact your band. We will use this address in the future for inviting your band to apply to our festival.
  • Tell Us About Your Band

  • City, State/Region, Country
  • Please enter a number from 0 to 100.
  • HONK! is a three day festival (Fri-Sunday). How many days of the festival would your band be able to participate? We prefer to invite bands that can attend all of the days.
  • Show Us Your Band

  • Please provide a few links to videos (e.g. YouTube) that will give us a good idea of what your band is like when it is performing. If you have any audio tracks you'd also like us to hear, please provide their links after the video ones. If you don't have either but do have someone from another HONK! band we could contact for info about your band, feel free to include that here as well.
  • Hi-res photo of your band that can be used for promotion. The photo does not have to be professionally taken but it does need to be of sufficient quality and size (at least 1000px x 1000px) for use on this website and in print. Note: by including a photo, you and the photographer are giving us permission to use this photo on our website and for promotional purposes.
    Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, gif, png, Max. file size: 20 MB.
  • How should we credit the photographer? (if no photo credit, please write "no credit required").
  • Please provide a 1-3 paragraph description for your band that we could use on this website if your band plays at our festival.
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