The site is intended as an alternative — for both artists and festival organizers — to other music submission sites such as the ever-controversial Sonicbids.
Last year I posted this rant on that subscription-based albatross of the musician’s inbox. In a nutshell, music festivals ranging from SXSW to Monolith will have an open submission process that requires artists to subscribe — for a fee additional to that of the festival submission fees — to Sonicbids. Once they’ve got you on their books, they bombard your inbox with the tenacity of Nigerian email harvesters — filling it to the brim with an unending assault of carrot-and-stick “opportunities” to play festivals, get national press, song placements, etc.
When talking to the Scene via email, Shortland had this to say of Festivalus:
[The] best thing about this site is it is easy for a band to submit to, costs them $0.00 in monthly fees and they only shuck out cash when they submit for a festival. Above and beyond this, we won't send frequently shitty and annoying emails.
But if you want to receive their frequent tweets, you can follow them on Twitter.
In addition to its focus on artist submissions and profiles — complete with bio, music player, stage plot info, photos etc. — the site will also cater to festival organizers, venues, labels and other industry factions, by offering database and logistical organization services.
The site launched this week — predictably, in partnership with Next BIG Nashville 2010.
In related news; submissions are now open for Next BIG Nashville 2010 — which, according to the festival's official site, will take place Sept. 29 thru Oct. 2.
You can submit to be part of NBN's fifth installment right here.