Interested in performing at an FSGW event? Look through the different types of events (Dances, Concerts, Annual Events) to get an idea of what kinds of events FSGW hires performers for. Note that payment for performance varies by type of event.
If you are an artist or agent interested in concert bookings with FSGW, contact the Program Chair. Generally, we negotiate a flat fee for concerts at public venues and we pay artists 100% of the donations collected at house concerts. While it is sometimes possible to accommodate short-notice requests, note that we often book artists 8-12 months in advance.
If you are interested in hosting a house concert with promotional support from FSGW, please read our house concert guidelines (pdf) and contact the Program Chair.
Contra & Square dances Bands and callers may be booked together or separately. Performers receive a guaranteed minimum or a percentage of ticket sales, if that is more than the guaranteed minimum. Contact the Dance Chair, or the organizer of a particular event you are inquiring about by going to the page for that event and locating the Questions section.
English Country Dances are held at the Glen Echo Town Hall every Wednesday evening from 8 to 10:30 pm. Callers and musicians are usually booked separately, and usually receive a percentage of ticket sales. Contact the English Dance Coordinator.
If you are a story-teller and interested in participating in FSGW events such as the Grapevine or Midwinter Festival, contact the Storytelling Coordinator.
There are at least 2 opportunities to showcase and sell your art at FSGW events - the Mid-Winter Festival and the Washington Folk Festival. Contact the Mid-Winter Festival Chair or the WFF Crafts Chair respectively.
The Midwinter Festival (aka Mini-Fest) is held annually at the Takoma Park Middle School, usually on the first Saturday in February, and is a fund-raiser for FSGW. All performers are volunteers, as are staff and sound engineers. Contact the Mid-Winter Festival Chair.
The Washington Spring Ball is held annually in May. The caller and musicians are usually booked separately. Contact the English Dance Coordinator.
The Washington Folk Festival is held annually at Glen Echo Park, usually the weekend after Memorial Day. All performers are volunteers. Contact Washington Folk Festival Chair
The FSGW Getaway is held annually in late September or early October, but is on hiatus in 2022. Some guest performers are offered free attendance and room and board. Contact the Getaway Chair
The New Year's Eve Contra Gala usually books a caller and a band separately. Contact the Dance Chair
The Folklore Society of Greater Washington is a non-profit, all volunteer organization. FSGW does not currently receive grant money from any outside organization, but relies on membership fees, ticket sales and investment interest for income. While FSGW strives to pass as much Event income along to performers as possible, FSGW cannot afford to lose money on its dances, programs, concerts and other events and still remain a viable organization. Production costs typically include hall rental, a sound engineer, and refreshments, the costs of which vary widely (depending on the Event type and venue cost).
FSGW needs to have a filled out IRS W-9 form before paying anyone who is in the US tax system, even if the payment amount is below the IRS 1099 reporting threshold. You can mail us your W-9, or upload a scanned or photographed or digitally filled out pdf using our secure upload page: https://fsgw2.org/w9.php
There is a link on that page to download a pdf of a blank W-9 from the IRS, to fill out. We only need page 1 of the W-9 form (the page you fill out), not all 6 pages. Please remember to sign and date it.
Publicity is a critical aspect of all events. For this reason, we appreciate any help that artists / performers can give to help publicize their event.