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Live performance opportunities for musicians who live for the applause

By Amanda Taylor | Posted - Apr 2nd, 2014 @ 1:57pm

SALT LAKE CITY — So you’re a musician. You gathered up some friends, did some covers to get your confidence up, and now you have some original songs. And guess what? You’re pretty good! It’s time for you to find an audience.

Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get the live experience, and some exposure for your budding music career.

Craft Lake City

Craft Lake City, a giant annual craft fair, is looking for artists to provide ambiance and entertainment for its patrons. The fair will have two available stages for larger acts and designated areas for buskers. Solo artists or small groups with very little setup should plan on busking. The festival is looking for family-friendly performers whose music does not contain offensive content. All performers are paid. Deadline to apply is May 5.

Stadium of Fire

The annual contest to open for the Freedom Festival in Provo is underway. Upload a video of yourself performing to for Stadium of Fire, then beg your friends and family with Internet connections to love you by voting over and over. The winner gets to open for Carrie Underwood in front of 55,000 people on America’s birthday. Deadline to enter the first round is May 9.

Muse Music Cafe; Velour Live Music Gallery

If a stadium of screaming fans sounds like a little much, hit an open mic night at one of Provo’s famed career-launchers, Muse or Velour. The cozy venues have appreciative audiences ready to lift you on their shoulders and get you to your Grammy winning.

If you’re a little shy, but still want your music out there, upload your mp3s and videos to hosting sites like SoundCloud and YouTube. Just ask newly No. 1 group 5SOS, which started entirely online by promoting on social media. It is now going on a worldwide stadium tour with One Direction.

It works.

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