Artist Submission

Our mission is to showcase the Northeast’s best original, live music.  Interest in the festival has grown exponentially since its inception in 2001.  Recently, we’ve been receiving submissions from bands located around the nation prompting us to consider the fact that soon we’ll be showcasing some of the best bands in the United States.  As is the case every year- our main concern is the quality and vibe of your music.  The BIMF features a wide variety of musical styles so just because your band plays “improvisational klezmer punk”, don’t assume you won’t be accepted.  Quite the contrary actually as the BIMF is especially looking for artists who are sometimes a bit off kilter.  Again, quality and vibe are our main concerns.

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All artists wishing to submit must do so by sending us an EPK via  If you don’t already have a Sonicbids account then don’t wait another second.  Sonicbids is an indispensible tool for the up and coming band looking to connect with gigs. 

Submissions will be accepted between September 1 – March 7 each year.  Should you be offered a slot in the music fest, you’ll be notified via email by March 21st.  If your band is not selected you will be notified by April 1st.  Please don’t be discouraged if you’re not selected for the festival on the first try.  There are a number of bands who have applied two or three times before being selected.  In some cases, a band just needed another year or two of experience to tighten their sound.   Due to the number of submissions we receive, we are not usually able to accommodate scheduling requests.
Should you/your band be selected to perform, here’s what you’ll get in exchange for one 45 minute set of music.
1. Round trip ferry passenger tickets from Point Judith, RI.
2. Overnight accommodations on Block Island for the night of your performance.
3. $100 ($50 for solo artists/duos) per band in “FESTIBUCKS” which may be redeemed at any of our on-island music fest sponsors.  Sponsors include local restaurants, pubs and a moped/bike rental shops.

Good luck and we look forward to reviewing your submission!