2017 RIFF MUSIC FEST
FEB 27 - MAR 5

7 DAYS OF MUSIC, PANELS,
INDUSTRY THINK TANKS AND MORE

RIFF is known for placing a heavy focus on music each year. New in 2017, the festival will expand its annual music showcase to include local, national and international bands who will perform at various venues around RVA. Festival week will include more than 50 music performances, industry networking events, panels, music business roundtable discussions, industry mixers, and more. On top of providing great entertainment from some of the music industry’s hottest talent, RIFF utilizes this area as a platform for filmmakers and musicians to forge new working relationships. Top awards will be given out across a variety of music categories during the annual red carpet awards.  

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FAQ

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

How can I submit my entry form and music?

What are the entry deadlines and fees?

Does the festival cover travel expenses?

What is your mailing address?

What awards are given?

When will notifications of acceptance be sent?

CLICK ON THE FILM FREEWAY BUTTON BELOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY FORM:
PAST MUSIC SHOWCASE PERFORMERS INCLUDE:

Shannon Carey "Luray"

Anousheh

Zooanzoo

The Tide Rose

Chance Fischer

Rodney the Soul Singer

Horsehead

Lamaya

Black Liquid

Shadower

Sky

Heather Taylor Bleu

Heather Mae

Reggie Pace and Scott Burton

Dharma Bombs

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2017 RIFF MUSIC FEST VENUES:

MORE FAQs:

If selected to showcase, does my act receive any compensation from RIFF Music Fest?

Bandmembers will receive entry into RIFF Music Fest events and have a chance to compete for the Grand Jury Prize. The Grand Jury Prize music winner will receive full VIP badges to the RIFF Music Fest and the Richmond International Film Festival portion. They will also receive an award trophy at Sunday night's red carpet awards, and get an invitation for a second performance at the annual Friday night showcase or the Red Carpet Awards. The Grand Jury winner will also receive industry promotion and a one month consultation to further their marketing and branding plus other awards will be distributed in each genre.

How much material should I submit?

Please submit at least two songs but we encourage you to submit up to six. We also encourage EPKs and any video links of your act playing live.

How is the material judged?

A committee will review the materials and songs. It will pass through multiple hands before final selections are made. For the top awards, a Grand Jury of industry professionals will make the selections.

Does my band need to make itself available for every day of the festival? What is the schedule like and when will it be announced?

Yes you'll have to be available during the entire festival dates & would not be able to book any other shows during that time except for RIFF’s. We’ll release the schedule in January when we release the results of those who’ve been selected.