Band Application (2024)

2024 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! 2024.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.

HONK! takes place this year one week earlier than usual (October 4-6, 2024).

Please submit the form below by April 15, 2024. We will endeavor to let bands know about their application by June 3, 2024.

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 the county jail in Boston 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.

With the help of public health experts, HONK! has developed COVID protocols (spelled out below) for band members attending our festival. Please review them before applying. If you have any questions, please feel to contact us. If you feel that any of your band members would be unable or unwilling to comply with these protocols, and you would not be ok with attending the festival without them, please do not apply.

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

2024 Band Application

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Band Contact Information

Band Contact Person*
Contact Person Email*
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
Does your band consider itself an activist street band?*

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

Which URL should be listed for your band on our website?*

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.

Anything We Missed?


HONK! COVID protocols

HONK! is a community and our COVID protocols derive organically from our ethic of mutual care. The HONK! community believes that we as a community are equipped to keep each other safe. We love you all and want to keep everyone safe to the best of our ability! To do this, we are asking for each participant to follow these COVID protocols which have been shown to be effective for minimizing COVID transmission risk.

Pre-festival Expectations
In order to minimize the COVID risk at the HONK! festival, we ask that participants consider the following best practices for the ten days before their arrival at HONK! Each person should minimize potential COVID exposure in the ten days before the festival by avoiding going to unnecessary indoor or crowded events and masking at necessary indoor or crowded events. Please mask while traveling on public transportation and while traveling to the festival (and on your way back is best practice too). If you are experiencing COVID or flu-like symptoms, test, and consider staying home even if testing negative. The new variant does not always register positive on at home antigen tests; if you are symptomatic, you should stay home unless you receive a negative PCR test. If you test positive, please do not come to HONK! even if you are asymptomatic.

All participants of HONK! (band members, HONK! volunteers, etc.) are expected to take a rapid test before the first HONK! event they are attending. We will have a limited supply of tests for those who feel sick (or find out belatedly that they were exposed to someone who tests positive). If you test positive, please do not come to HONK! even if you are asymptomatic. If someone tests positive at the festival, see below protocols.

Masks will be required for everyone in HONK! indoor spaces except when a person is eating, drinking or playing a horn. HONK! will have masks for people who need them.

It is our expectation that all HONK! participants will be vaccinated. We understand that there may be individuals who are unable to get the COVID vaccine for medical reasons (such as a severe allergy to the vaccine or one of its components) and we would allow them to come with certain additional protocols.

If your band member fits into that medical exemption category, then the following additional protocols would apply if they were to come:

  1. The unvaccinated person should test daily starting the day before coming to HONK!
  2. The unvaccinated person should also be wearing a mask at all times indoors and strive to eat and drink out of doors as much as possible.
  3. HONK! also will be unable to provide housing for any unvaccinated people.
  4. If the unvaccinated person gets any symptoms—regardless of test status, we ask that they cease to attend HONK! events.

What if someone tests positive at the festival?
If you test positive regardless of whether or not you have symptoms, you must quarantine from
HONK!. Quarantine means no HONK! performances and no attendance at any HONK! events. If someone starts to feel sick, they should test immediately and consider going home if possible. If someone tests positive, you cannot remain in HONK! volunteer housing. The best plan and our assumption is that you will go home and take care of yourself. If you are unable to get home immediately, you will move to a quarantine space that we will have. We ask that you inform your bandmates so they can shift into daily testing.

HONK! community must follow the appropriate protocols in order to in compliance with the State of Massachusetts guidelines and guidelines from the city of Somerville; obviously this plan will adjust if those guidelines or conditions change.