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Call for Performers

The second annual Darkwater Women in Music Festival is pleased to announce a call for performers. 

The festival will be held on March 6 & 7, 2020 at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Deadline : December 1, 2019

Darkwater is a festival that celebrates women in music through papers, panels, and performances. The word "darkwater" is the literal Carolina Algonquian meaning of Lumbee, the American Indian tribe that built Pembroke and UNCP. By calling ourselves the Darkwater Festival, we tie ourselves to our place in North Carolina and to the Lumbee, a matriarchal culture with many strong women in its history.

The Program Committee invites proposals designed for a live performance at the 2020 festival. All programs must be designed for a performance up to 30 minutes and must feature work(s) composed by female and/or non-binary identifying composers. This year Darkwater celebrates the suffragette movement and the centennial of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, so we particularly welcome programs that explore women’s suffrage throughout the world. 

Complete proposals will include full program information with title, composer, composer dates, durations of all works, and performers; program notes of no more than 200 words describing the full program; any AV or instrument needs; and a bio of each performer of no more than 300 words. Whenever possible, proposals should include a video or audio performance of the soloist/group submitted through a public or unlisted YouTube link.

Please email proposals to Sarah Busman at with the subject “Performer Proposal.”

There is no submission fee for this proposal. Performers selected agree to attend the festival at their own expense, including the registration fee which will be paid by February 1. Darkwater WIM invites submissions from presenters of all genders, races, and sexual orientations.

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