Workshop Porch Players Contest

We are incredibly proud that for the last two years, bands who were among our Workshop Porch Musician/Band Contest finalists went on to be the BIG On the Rise (OtR) winners at FloydFest! Congratulations to LOOK HOMEWARD, the 2015 OtR winner, and SWAMPCANDY, the 2014 OtR winner.

Look HomewardLook Homeward was the FloydFest 14 OtR winner last summer after being selected to play through our 2015 Workshop Porch Musician/Band Contest! In addition, the FloydFest 13 OtR Competition First Place Winner, Swampcandy, AND the OtR Runner-up, Annabelle's Curse, both played the Workshop Porch in 2014 because they entered our Contest and were selected to play.

Swamp CandyThe Blue Ridge Institute & Museum of Ferrum College is once again looking for musicians and bands who have never before performed at FloydFest to play Roots & Americana music on the College-sponsored Workshop Porch Stage at FloydFest 16 on July 27 – 31, 2016. The selected musicians/bands will play one set per day at least two of the five festival days. This is great opportunity to showcase your talents before a large music-loving audience, AND you will be an automatic contender in Floydfest 16’s On the Rise competition.

Entry Details:

In a nutshell, here's how it works: Get your audition materials to the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, making sure they are postmarked by Friday, Janury 29, 2016. The BRI&M staff will select a list of semi-finalists and send it to the Floydfest folks. The Floydfest folks will select the winning artists and create the performance schedules.

  • While there is no cash payment, selected musicians/bands will be "On the Rise Series" artist competitors eligible to win great prizes. PLUS all participating "On the Rise Performers" will receive artist credentials for each musician/band member and other perks including libations, onsite artist camping, onsite artist parking, and artist information on the FloydFest website and in FloydFest program. In addition, each musician/band member will receive one guest pass.
  • Instruments played should include those traditionally found in the Blue Ridge.
  • For consideration, musicians/bands must submit at least two representative songs on DVD or CD, plus musician/band photograph, to Workshop Porch, c/o Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, P.O. Box 1000, Ferrum, VA 24088. YouTube or other music video links are strongly encouraged but not required.
  • Submissions must be postmarked by Friday, January 29, 2016. No exceptions!
  • From a list of semi-finalists, FloydFest producers will chose the musicians/bands to play the Workshop Porch & other stages. Selected musicians/bands will be notified in March 2016.
  • For more information, call 540-365-4412 or email kwaters@ferrum.edu
Entry DEADLINE: All entries must be POSTMARKED by Friday, January 29, 2016. NO EXCEPTIONS!

The winning artists will:

  • Perform on the Workshop Stage and possibly other stages. 

  • Play at least one set per day at least two days of the festival.

  • Receive artist passes, guest passes, onsite artist parking, onsite artist camping, and libations.

  • Be featured on the Floydfest website and in the printed program.

  • Be automatically entered in Floydfest 16’s On the Rise competition (which has its own rewards.)

There is no cash payment involved—just plenty of exposure, bragging rights, and the fun of playing Floydfest 16.