Booking

Please read this page entirely before contacting us about performing at the Indy Folk Series.  

Our 22nd Season will run September 2022 – May 2023, and we are hopeful this will bring a return to “normal” although of course that is uncertain.  Booking is complete and we are not seeking additional performer inquiries at this time.  First consideration was given to those artists whose concerts were cancelled or postponed over the past two years.
The Indy Folk Series presents one concert a month, on Saturday evenings, during our season which runs from September through May. Regrettably, we are not able to host additional concerts above and beyond those that have already been scheduled, and we cannot produce events on short notice. We are not able to present concerts on any day other than Saturday, and do not present concerts in June, July, or August.

We respectfully request that performers and agents refrain from inquiring about dates/months that have already been filled, or about months of the year during which we do not present concerts. Please note that we receive FAR more booking inquiries than we can ever hope to accommodate, but we simply do not have the capability to present additional events.

We need to see a live, in-person performance before booking anyone for a spot in our season. We have not, in recent memory, featured a performer at the Indy Folk Series whom we have not had the pleasure of seeing perform in front of a live audience. In fact, we prefer to see more than one performance, in a variety of settings if possible, as well as have the opportunity to have a brief conversation at the break or after the show.

If you’ve already made our acquaintance at a conference, festival, listening room venue, etc., and are interested in playing our venue, please contact our Booking Coordinator at  IndyFolkSeries@gmail.com. If we’ve not yet had an opportunity to meet you and see you perform, please send your press kit to our Booking Coordinator at IndyFolkSeries@gmail.com and let us know when you will be playing in the greater Indianapolis area. We will make an effort to come to a performance and say hello.  Once we’ve had the opportunity to get to know you a little bit better, we can continue the conversation about booking for a future season.

We realize that this may be frustrating for performers who wish to play our stage, but do not tour through Indianapolis on a regular basis. However, our volunteer staff frequently go to nearby festivals and concerts, and we often attend Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM), which is part of Folk Alliance International, specifically to meet new performers. So be sure to let us know if you will be playing nearby and/or attending FARM, and we will make every effort to see one of your performances.

Our 23rd Season is scheduled for September 2023 – May 2024. We have not yet established dates or begun contemplating booking. The best time to contact us for consideration for our 2023/2024 season would be be NO SOONER THAN November 2022, but NO LATER THAN February 28, 2023.

The Indy Folk Series offers first-rate acoustics, an attentive audience who is there to listen to the performance, and a friendly volunteer staff. We provide a professional audio engineer, mixing board, and all sound equipment. The Indy Folk Series can seat up to 200, and audience size typically ranges from about 75 up to 200.

We strive to present a mix of genres and styles, introduce our audience to new talent, AND bring back at least one returning favorite each season. Given the very limited number of concerts we present each year, one of our greatest challenges is selecting just a handful of acts from among all the incredibly talented performers whom we would truly love to invite to play our stage! Please do not be offended if we are unable to host you at Indy Folk Series.

As an all-volunteer organization, we are unable to assist performers or make recommendations with regard to booking at alternate venues in the Indianapolis area.  However, we suggest the following resources:

  • Indy Folk News (www.IndyFolkNews.com) focuses specifically on acoustic music in the greater Indianapolis area.  Click on the “venues” tab for a list of venues in the area, or search by performer or date.  This website also features a particularly robust list of Open Mic Nights.
  • Undiscovered Music Network (https://undiscoveredmusic.net) is an extensive database of venues that present acoustic music throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Folk Alliance International: (https://folk.org) Annual Conference for Folk Musicians/Agents/Venues and Fans; Regional conferences across the US and Canada.