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Apply to Perform at These 5 Incredible North American Summer Festivals for $10 or Less

Thee Oh Sees at the 2014 Northside Festival. (Image via facebook.com)

Summer festival season may seem far away right now, especially if you're already seeing the signs of the coming biting winter weather. For independent bands looking to land spots at those shindigs, however, the time to apply for consideration has already begun.

There are tons of festival opportunities for independent artists, so to help you get started with applications, we've compiled a list of five awesome North American fests – all of them cost $10 or less to apply, and each is known to draw a huge crowds. Good luck!

As an Unknown Artist, How Can You Get Industry Attention at Canadian Music Week? Advice From Sydney Delong

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Starting her professional music career at only 16 years old, Sydney Delong, now 19, had the opportunity to take her folk-fueled sound to Canadian Music Week, one of North America's biggest music industry events that books 300 of its acts through Sonicbids. Similar to CMJ or SXSW, performers put on shows at venues all over Toronto for four days in front of over 3,000 top industry professionals, which, as we'll see below, proved to be a particularly special experience for Sydney.

She knew how grand the opportunity was, and she didn't waste a second of her experience there. CMW is a tough festival to get selected for, so we caught up with Sydney to find out what she did to stand out among the competition at such a young, inexperienced age, and the unexpected opportunities that resulted from it all.

3 Australian Artists Share Valuable Tips on Playing Canadian Music Week

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Canadian Music Week 2015 is set for May 1 to 10 in Toronto, ON, and we've got three words for you: don’t miss this. CMW is one of the premier international networking opportunities in the music business with performances, panels, keynotes, workshops, and award ceremonies taking place in front of over 3,000 industry professionals and 700 media reps. And 300 performance slots are available to Sonicbids artists.