Dfest Requests Submissions

Diversafest, LLC, better known to Oklahoma music-lovers as Dfest, is the most comprehensive music conference and festival in the Midwest and is searching for emerging artists to perform July 25 and 26 at the seventh annual Dfest.

Last year Dfest had over 750 submissions, and this year staff members expect more than 1,500 submissions. Over 120 unsigned artists will be selected to perform and 50 percent of those performers will be Oklahoma artists. Each unsigned artist receives a complimentary badge to attend the conference, tradeshow and music festival. This badge access to the conference allows artists to mingle with the best of the best of music industry professionals.

Dfest provides up-and-coming and emerging artists the opportunity to connect with influential representatives from well-known labels and music industry agencies as well as connect with fans. Not only will artists selected to showcase be seen by major record label A&R professionals, but more importantly, they’ll be showcasing for numerous independent record labels, booking agents, entertainment lawyers and management firms. For artists who prefer the DIY career path, the conference will be a valuable tool for picking up resources and learning how to have a successful independent career as an artist in today’s changing music industry.

In 2007, the event served as a launch pad for Colourmusic, who signed with independent record label Great Society, a part of the World’s Fair family of artists, which includes other noteworthy artists like The Flaming Lips, British Sea Power, Pela, Roger O’Donnell, El-P, and Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings. In addition, Tulsa-based Congress of a Crow signed with COTC Management, while local hip-hop favorite PDA’s drummer received an endorsement from Po Boy Drums.

Co-founder Angie DeVore-Green is featured in the January 2008 Electronic Musician for an article regarding artists looking to attend and/or showcase at music conferences in 2008.
Interested artists should submit their music to www.dfest.com. The deadline for submissions is April 3.

In addition to the music festival, Dfest also includes a conference comprised of music industry panels, a tradeshow, music clinics and mentoring sessions designed to educate working musicians and music enthusiasts in any stage of their careers.

The festival takes place in downtown Tulsa’s historic Blue Dome District. Dfest is a two-day event with 13 stages and 150 acts. The conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel downtown, within walking distance from the Blue Dome District.
For more information about Dfest, visit www.dfest.com.

Updated 02-18-2008

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