2023 BAMS Festival



We are thrilled that you want to be considered for Boston's biggest summer arts and music festival.

We are now accepting music performance applications for the BAMS Festival 2023, taking place June 23 & June 24, 2023.


Call for submissions open October 1, and close October 15, 2022. Upon receiving your application, we will review and notify all applicants via email regarding their status on or before November 1, 2022. If are selected, further instructions will be sent to you via email.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email us




STEP 1: Read the Frequently Asked Questions before applying.


STEP 2: Fill out the application at the bottom of the page.

STEP 3: Submit a LIVE music performance video (music videos or music promos/reels WILL NOT be accepted). We want to hear your voice.

  • OPTION 1:  Create and upload a new 90 second live music performance video (copy and paste the link in the application. We suggest using YouTube or Vimeo.)

  • OPTION 2: Upload and submit a recent 90 second live music performance (within the last 3 years, 2019 - now. Copy and paste the link in the application. We suggest using YouTube or Vimeo.) 

STEP 4: Press the "APPLY NOW" button


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What is the Boston Art & Music Soul Festival? 

It is one of the fastest growing urban arts and music festivals in the City of Boston that celebrates Afro-centric identity and Black artistry, all while amplifying the voices and creative contributions from local, regional and national entertainers of color.

What the dates for BAMS Festival 2023?

The dates at June 23 and June 24, 2023.

Can I perform at both BAMS Festival and another BAMS Fest event throughout the year?

Yes you can! Applications sent during the BAMS Festival performance period will be considered for the Festival and our traveling event series called #ThePrelude. 


What is the minimum age to apply to perform at BAMS Festival?

You must be at least 16 years of age to apply for the festival.

Can I still apply, even if I performed at BAMS Festival in the past?

No. However, you will be contacted for other year-around opportunities. 

If selected, do I have to pay to perform? 

No. Based on availability and budget we will make a reasonable offer to pay as many local and independent artists. The maximum honorarium we provide is $700.00 for an entire band.

If selected, do I need to be vaccinated to perform on stage?

Given that state mandates changes all of the time, we are requiring all artists and their bandmates to provide proof of vaccination. 

How many people are allowed on stage in a band?

A maximum of five (5) people are allowed on stage in a band to perform. You are allowed to have background vocal tracks.

Are cover bands allowed to apply?

No. This festival is about artist discovery, thus we emphasize ORIGINAL MUSIC.

How many people attended BAMS Festival 2022?

Approximately 10,600+ people attended BAMS Festival in 2022.

Where is the Festival located? How big are the grounds?

BAMS Festival 2023 will be held in two different locations - Playstead Field inside Franklin Park and another site. Playstead Field is is approximately eighteen and a half (18.5) acres of green space (Franklin Park is about 527 acres). 

I’m not from Boston/I don’t live in Boston, can I still apply?

Yes. You can.


We welcome performance applications from across the globe, however, preference will be given to artists who reside in within Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut. BAMS Fest, is not responsible for roundtrip airfare, hotel/lodging, and/or transportation to and from the festival ground for performers. If you are not from the immediate area, please note you will be responsible for your own transportation (to and from the festival) and hotel accommodations. 

​Shall I bring my own instruments?

BAMS Festival will provide basic sound and lighting. Our set-up is for a plug-in play. We will offer a drum kit, amps, monitors, microphones, cords, etc. You are responsible for bringing your own personal instruments.

Is BAMS Festival all ages?

Yes! BAMS Festival is all ages. This means PROFANITY, suggestive lyrics or performances WILL NOT BE ALLOWED!


Can I mail my application?

No. We are only accepting digital applications submitted through our website.


Any tips or advice for creating or submitting my live music video submission?

  • Make sure your audio and visual is clear.

  • State your stage name and hometown.

  • Select a song that showcases your skill, talent and energy!

  • Do not exceed ninety (90) seconds with your video submission.

  • Use YouTube or Vimeo to upload your video (remove any passwords).


What if I don’t have a social media page (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc)?

Create one. You’re an artist. Social media is the NUMBER ONE medium to showcase your artistry.

2023 BAMS Festival            Performance Application

Please only enter once - duplicate entries may be rejected. FYI: If you apply before October 1, your application will not be considered.




Advice for creating or submitting my live music video submission

  • Make sure your audio and visual is clear.

  • State your stage name and hometown.

  • Select a song that showcases your skill, talent and energy!

  • Do not exceed ninety (90) seconds with your video submission.

  • Use YouTube or Vimeo to upload your video (remove any passwords).

  • No fan videos allowed

  • No highlight video reels allowed


BAMS Fest, Inc. is committed to protecting your personal information. Your personal information provided as part of the performance application will be stored and processed by BAMS Fest solely for the purpose of applying for the annual Boston Art & Music Soul Festival. Your personal information provided may be shared with BAMS Fest, Inc. contracted companies (e.g. BAMS Festival stage bookers) solely for the purpose of booking your act and will never be shared with or sold to other third parties. Your personal data will be retained for a maximum of 24 months before being securely deleted.

Thanks for applying! We will notify you by November 1, 2022

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