Applications

Applications

Folkmoot offers a wide range of programs, classes and activities, in addition to our summertime festival. Instructions for signing up for them can be found below.

Folkmoot has begun the process of looking for groups for 2020. Please read the following information and fill out the application below to apply.

All submissions will receive a preliminary review to assess quality and consistency with the Festival’s mission and values. The high standards of excellence to which Folkmoot adheres, in addition to the limited number of performance spots available from year-to-year, make the selection of performing artists a highly competitive process. Qualified submissions will be brought before a Group Relations Committee for further consideration.

IMPORTANT:  We receive hundreds of submissions from artists each year, therefore artists will NOT be contacted unless the Festival is interested in pursuing performance possibilities.

To apply to as a group appearing at the Annual Folkmoot Summer Festival, please follow this process: 

  1. Fill out the application, linked here.
  2. Review our conditions of participation, below.
  3. Ask that your group is reviewed by Folkmoot’s Group Relations Committee.
  4. Pending approval and invitation, sign a participation agreement and submit to Folkmoot staff.
  5. Prepare travel arrangements and work with the Folkmoot staff to apply for visas if necessary.
  6. Provide a description of your dances, the origins of your dances, perhaps the regions from which they come. Any information you think would help us understand your group’s presentations. 

Conditions of Participation:

Folkmoot USA, a CIOFF festival, has been designated by the Legislature and Governor of our State as “The Official International Festival of North Carolina.  Visitors from all across America attend the festival.  We take great pride in being a festival of friendship that hosts high-quality folk groups.

Key Items in the Folkmoot USA Conditions of Participation:

 Groups can choose to arrive on July 17th or 18th, 2020, but no later than July 18th

    •  Groups depart on July 27th
    • Groups must fly into Asheville Regional Airport (AVL, Charlotte International Airport (CLT), Atlanta International Airport (ATL or the Greenville International Airport (GSP)
    • Each group is responsible for providing its own transportation to the airports listed above
    • All group members should be at least 16 years old
    • Groups must remain under 30 participants total, including musicians, directors, and performers
    • Live music is required. Folkmoot doesn’t accept groups with recorded music.
    • Groups are housed hostel-style with two rooms per group, males, and females in separate rooms, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center
    • Four meals a day are served each day in the Center’s cafeteria 
    • Folkmoot USA will also provide housing and transportation during the festival
    • No other reimbursements are provided by Folkmoot USA
  • Please continue reading for more detail on Folkmoot USA’s Conditions of Participation.
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Join Folkmoot’s International Band

The International Band opens and closes two festival events during the Folkmoot festival. The band is made up of the international and musicians. These talented individuals perform at various times throughout the festival.  The band’s schedule is listed below.

Schedule

  • July 19 Rehearsal at Folkmoot Center from 3pm-6pm
  • July 20 Opening Ceremony, Lake Junaluska 7pm Showtime
  • July 29 Closing Ceremony, Lake Junaluska 7pm Showtime

Exact report and dismissal times will follow once the full schedule is available.

If you are interested in being a member of the International band, please fill out the form below.

International Band Registration

Being a Folkmoot USA guide is truly the international cultural experience of a lifetime. During the two-week festival in July. Guides help our international guests get to performances, find things they need, help plan late-night parties that they host, plan and accompany them on sightseeing trips, and are responsive to just about any other needs that arise during their visit to western North Carolina. Guides also act as stage managers, emcees and souvenir salespersons at some performances.  Guides stay with their assigned performance group 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Remember, this is a job, not a summer camp. 

The job position is an intense two weeks that are very rewarding. Some veteran guides say that it’s the hardest job you’ll ever love. Many guides began with Folkmoot near the end of their high school career and continued through college. Some older guides take a vacation from their year-round jobs just to work at Folkmoot.

The guide team, totaling about 20, is led and supervised by a director. Guides will be trained in all aspects of their job during a workshop that will be held in July prior to the festival. Applicants for the guide position must be at least 18 years old.

We are also looking for assistant guides.  These guides can be between the ages of 14 and 17.  They have duties similar to those of the Folkmoot guides but will be under supervision at all times and do not work the “24/7” schedule of guides.

Included in Guide duties:

    • Work with festival group directors and Folkmoot staff members to ensure performance group compliance with Folkmoot rules, performance schedules, transportation schedules, meal schedules and other festival requirements
      Assist performance groups in planning and executing one evening of entertainment for other festival participants
    • Assist performance groups in planning sightseeing and other activities during non-performance time
    • Act as stage manager for some performances
    • Act as emcee for some performances
    • Sell Folkmoot souvenirs at some performances
    • Work with Folkmoot paid and volunteer staff to execute all festival activities in a professional manner
    • Closing down the building each night

Requirements: 

    • Must be 18 years or older (Assistant guides can be 14-17 years old, but work limited hours.)
    • Must be available for work 24 hours a day during the festival and training.
    • Must be available for 2020 training sessions, prior to the festival
    • Foreign language skills helpful but not required.

 

For more information, call the Folkmoot Friendship Center at 828.452.2997.

Folkmoot is looking for individuals who seek a once and a lifetime experience working during our 10-Day International Folk Festival. We seek those who are eager to work hard and thrive during our festival. Those with a good attitude and easy to get along with behavior will be sought after. We understand the jobs are all hard, some long hours, however, the enjoyment our staff endures through our festival is irreplaceable.

The Folkmoot Production team training will begin on July 16, 2019, and all positions will be required to participate through July 31, 2019. House is available as needed.

If you have any further questions, please contact Elizabeth Burson, elizabeth@folkmoot.org.

Available positions are listed below:

LIGHTING ENGINEER

Interested applicants should have a working knowledge of backstage practices, procedure, and equipment. Be punctual, professional, work well as a member of a team, and maintain a positive attitude in times of stress. Applicants must have the ability to repeatedly lift and maneuver up to 50-70 lbs either alone or with assistance as well as scale ladders and work in high places. Must have a well verse knowledge of theatrical technical vocabulary including intelligent LED lighting. The lighting engineer must be knowledgeable and versatile with a variety of lighting consoles and systems as the production travels to multiple different theater venues. Working quickly and efficiently to design stage looks is required for this position.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead and execute Load-in / Strike for all lighting equipment.
  • Teach proper maintenance on lighting equipment.
  • Board Operation which includes setting scenes and designing stage looks.
  • Must be knowledgeable and versatile with a variety of lighting consoles and systems.
  • Punctuality, professionalism, team player and an ability to interact well with others.
  • Ability to lift and move 50 pounds or more.
  • Great communication and leadership skills and ability to effectively lead a team.
  • Comfortable driving and transporting people and equipment.
  • Positive Energy and maintain a positive attitude in times of stress.

STAGE MANAGER

Are you a good communicator who is organized, detail oriented, has a sense of humor and interested in coordinating all aspects of a production? Then you have the qualities to become a successful Stage Manager. The Stage Manager is critical to any successful production. It is a unique position that requires leadership, responsibility and collaboration to push the production forward. This position will require you to maintain a calm demeanor during high levels of stress. The Stage Manager is responsible for the smooth running of all performances in addition to being responsible for bridging the gap between technical demands and artistic preferences. Below are a few of the significant duties of a Stage Manager during the production process.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend all rehearsals and performances and production crew in the daily runnings.
  • Responsible for smooth running of all rehearsals and shows he/she is assigned to. This includes show calling.
  • Create and maintain a “prompt book” that includes rehearsal schedules, cue sheets, and other paperwork necessary for the production.
  • Should know basic first aid skills.
  • Knowledge of dance productions and how to properly cater to dancers.
  • Create and issue daily performance reports. This report serves as communication between all members of the production staff and communicates notes from the performance.
  • Have a basic knowledge of theatrical technical vocabulary.
  • Attend production meetings and note sessions.
  • Establish and maintain communication will all technical departments to ensure that notes are being communicated promptly and clearly.
  • Should have good language and communication skills due to performers who may not speak English very well.
  • Maintain a positive attitude in times of stress

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

The ASM supports the Stage Manager during rehearsals and performances and leads the backstage crew during performances. An effective ASM is essential for the smooth operation of the backstage elements. Below are a few of the duties of an Assistant Stage Manager during the production process.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend all rehearsals and performances and assist the Stage Manager in the daily running of productions.
  • Have a basic knowledge of theatrical technical vocabulary.
  • Should know basic first aid skills.
  • Knowledge of dance productions and how to properly cater to dancers.
  • Be attentive during all production functions.
  • Have great communication skills and be able to work as part of a team.
  • Run errands as needed and assist SM with daily set up and clean up.
  • Supervise scene shifts and backstage during performances.
  • Attend production meetings and note sessions.
  • Establish and maintain communication will all technical departments to ensure that notes are being communicated promptly and clearly.
  • Should have good language and communication skills due to performers who may not speak English very well.
  • Maintain a positive attitude in times of stress.

PRODUCTION CREW

Interested applicants should have a working knowledge of backstage practices, procedure, and equipment. Be punctual, professional, work well as a member of a team, and maintain a positive attitude in times of stress. Applicants must have the ability to repeatedly lift and maneuver up to 50-70 lbs either alone or with assistance as well as scale ladders and work in high places. Applicants should have a basic understanding of speaker systems, microphone placement, cabling process, a knowledgeable background in Qlab, and a base knowledge of intelligent lighting. The Production Crew is REQUIRED to attend ALL LOAD-IN and STRIKES. NOTE: This position may require you to work early mornings and late nights when necessary with the understanding of proper notice to working those hours from the Stage Manager or Technical Director.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend all rehearsals, previews and performances as scheduled.
  • Prepare all necessary equipment, clean the stage, and preset props prior to any rehearsal or performance.
  • Assist with transitions, assist with prop and microphone handoffs, and run the show while maintaining the quality of the production.
  • Maintain positive attitude in times of stress

SOUND ENGINEER

Sound Engineer will work with the Technical Director to prep, build, and change any aspects of the performance. The Sound Engineer should have a well-rounded understanding of speaker systems, microphone placement, cabling process, a knowledgeable background in live audio mixing, a knowledgeable background in Qlab, and a base knowledge of intelligent lighting. He/she will be required to attend Tech and Performances to maintain appropriate levels for each performance as well as perform duties as Board Operator or Audio Engineer backstage (A1). Sound Engineers are REQUIRED to attend ALL LOAD-IN and STRIKES. Note: This position may require you to work early mornings and late nights when necessary with the understanding of proper notice to working those hours from the Production Manager or Technical Director.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead and execute Load-in / Strike for all sound equipment.
  • Teach proper maintenance on microphones.
  • Board Operation which includes setting levels and sound mixing.
  • Punctuality, professionalism, team player and an ability to interact well with others.
  • Ability to lift and move 50 pounds or more.
  • Great communication and leadership skills and ability to effectively lead a team.
  • Comfortable driving and transporting people and equipment.
  • Positive Energy and maintain a positive attitude in times of stress.

Applications for 2020 vendors coming soon!

Folkmoot is looking for individuals who seek a once and a lifetime experience working during our 10-Day International Folk Festival. We seek those who are eager to work hard and thrive during our festival. Those with a good attitude and easy to get along with behavior will be sought after. We understand the jobs are all hard, some long hours, however, the enjoyment our staff endures through our festival is irreplaceable.

It is required of all seasonal staff members to participate in Cultural Conversation Training on one Saturday before work is to start. Date and time to be determined once all staff has been hired.

By turning in this application, you comply that everything on this application is accurate to the best of your knowledge and adhere to the requirements before work begins.

Individuals who are hired for the bus driver position will work within a team environment to provide transportation service to international dance groups through Western North Carolina. Bus Drivers report to the Transportation Lead who then reports to the Executive Director. Each bus driver will be assigned to one group during the festival. This position will take place during the entire festival, July 14th, 2019 – July 31st, 2019.

A Class B – CDL with P endorsement is required for this position and must be obtained before work begins. It is required of all seasonal staff members to participate in Cultural Conversation Training on one Saturday before work is to start. Date and time to be determined once all staff has been hired.

By turning in this application, you comply that everything on this application is accurate to the best of your knowledge and adhere to the requirements before work begins.

 

Applications for 2020 vendors coming soon!