Thank you for your interest in performing at Porch Stomp 2020! Please take the time to read the below FAQ THOROUGHLY before submitting your request to participate in Porch Stomp 2020:
PLEASE NOTE: THIS INFORMATION HAS CHANGED IN LIGHT OF THE COVID PANDEMIC- PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY
Q : What is Porch Stomp?
A : Porch Stomp is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the folk music community in NYC. With innovative and engaging programming, Porch Stomp has been connecting musicians and communities for over 6 years. We are entirely volunteer-run and community funded, meaning that everything you see or hear from Porch Stomp is a product of the blood, sweat and tears from musicians and music lovers just like you!
Q : Wait a minute, I thought Porch Stomp was a festival?
A : It is! Our June festival and our organization share the same name. Porch Stomp (the organization) also hosts an annual flatfooting parade each December called Flatfoot Flatbush as well as regular programming, a blog, and a video series called Porch Stomp Presents! Check them out at www.porchstomp.com
Q : When is this year’s Porch Stomp festival?
A : Saturday, October 10th, 2020
Getting to and from Governors Island:
Capacity on Governors Island ferries will be limited during the 2020 season to allow for social distancing. All visitors, including those who are eligible for a free fare, must reserve tickets in advance through the ticket reservation system below. Ferries run from:
Lower Manhattan: The Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street (DAILY)
Brooklyn: Red Hook/Atlantic Basin, located at the intersection of Pioneer Street and Conover Street (SATURDAY & SUNDAY ONLY).
You can find the ferry schedule and more information about taking the ferry here: https://govisland.com/visit-the-island/ferry
PLAYING PORCH STOMP:
Porch Stomp is truly a one of a kind festival. Artists perform on the historic porches and greens of Nolan Park for festival goers without any amplification and within eyesight of anywhere from 10 to 20 other performances. Nolan Park makes an oval shape around a shaded green space, so Porch Stomp goers will often sit and picnic in the green area and watch performances, and the park is located along the walking path that connects Nolan Park to the rest of Governors Island.
Q: How is the booking process for Porch Stomp 2020 different than last year?
Because of the wonderfully overwhelming volume of artists who reach out wanting to be part of Porch Stomp, combined with limited administrative capacity on Porch Stomp’s end, all Porch Stomp 2020 stages will be booked through our excellent curators. In order to apply to be part of Porch Stomp, please submit a Porch Stomp 2020 Artist Expression of Interest Form. Your information will be shared directly with the Porch Stomp curators, who will use this artist portal for their bookings. (Note: Porch Stomp curators can also book artists outside of the artist portal, so if you know someone curating a stage or are interested in playing a particular stage, feel free to reach out to these people directly.)
Want to be a Porch Stomp 2020 curator? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Q: What happens if I don’t get booked for Porch Stomp 2020?
There are still plenty of opportunities to participate in Porch Stomp! Our open mic stage will be available to any performers looking to do a short set. There will also be several participatory jams and workshops, including a bluegrass jam, and old time jam, and a slow jam. All of these will be social distanced events.
Q: What if my band uses an electric keyboard, electric bass or another instrument that must be amplified?
A: Come up with an alternative version of your instrument for the festival. Keyboards can be exchanged for melodicas, electric basses can be exchanged for upright bass. Because of the proximity of the performances, amplification can be incredibly disruptive to nearby performers, and can negatively affect the overall vibe of the festival. We occasionally work with artists for whom amplification is critical to the nature of their performance — feel free to address email@example.com with questions or concerns regarding a request to utilize amplification.
Q: Is there anything that isn’t allowed?
A: Tambourines and triangles. Trust us, you’ll understand when you get there. Also, if you are playing with a percussionist, please be aware of the volume of those around you. We do permit suitcase and trap kits, but notice must be given directly to Porch Stomp at least a month in advance of the festival date to ensure performance locations can be placed at an appropriate distance to guarantee a quality festival experience for all participants.
Q: Is Porch Stomp a ‘paid gig’?
A : Try not to think of Porch Stomp as a ‘gig’ but instead a ‘family reunion’. In the past, Porch Stomp has presented 200+ acts on festival day, offering an opportunity for artists to have an amazing time, network and meet your next biggest fan. Since no one pays or is paid to be there, everyone at Porch Stomp is there because they love the community and they love music. While the pandemic has taken away our ability to attain formal sponsorship, we are excited to still offer artists giveaways in whatever way we can in the form of Porch Stomp merch.
Q : If we aren't paid, where does the donation money go? How can I or someone I know donate?
A: Porch Stomp is entirely volunteer run and operated, and funds raised go into things like marketing and promotion (design costs, printed postcards, flyers, business cards, social media advertising, merch), operations (website, physical signage, tent and table rentals, insurance, permits, etc), and artist support (artist videos, curator stipends, artist amenities). We pride ourselves in being run by community for the community, so every dime you donate will be coming right back at you! To donate, visit our website: www.porchstomp.com
Q : How soon will I know the time and location of my performance?
A : You will know the exact time of your performance a week before Porch Stomp.
Note : Most performances will happen on the porches of Nolan Park. However, due to capacity issues, we can not promise a porch for every stage — some performances and set up out on the green or in various locations throughout the grounds. We also share the space with 10-15 residential arts and cultural organizations that employ the inside of the buildings, so we work hard to find a balance to provide the best performance opportunity for our artists while still respecting the summer tenants needs! If you are stationed at a house with a summer tenant, be sure to ask before entering or utilizing indoor spaces. Thanks in advance for your understanding!
Q : What if it rains?
A : Unfortunately, Porch Stomp will be cancelled in the event of rain this year.
Q : Is there food and drink available at Porch Stomp?
A: No, unfortunately food and drink will not be sold in Nolan Park in 2020, as a result of concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there is food available on other parts of the Island, and Nolan Park happens to be the best picnic location in New York.
Q : Can I bring alcohol to the island?
A : “No”.
Q : Finally, is there a launch party this year?
A : No, unfortunately we will not be holding an official get together to respect the health and safety of all involved.
Porch Stomp artists are solely responsible for complying with any and all local, state
and federal laws regarding social distancing requirements, due to the COVID-19
pandemic, as well as any rules that Porch Stomp leadership decides are appropriate and necessary at the time of the festival. Here are the steps that we are taking to make sure that our festival happens safely:
Reducing the number of stages and performers by 75% (as compared to Porch Stomp 2019)
Locating the stages as far apart as possible, and siting some stages outside of Nolan Park, to ensure that there will not be a confluence of people in any specific area
Putting red flags into the grass as markers to audience members as to where to sit/ stand
Requiring all festival goers and audience members to wear masks, even when performing
Hiring a security team to ensure that festival-goers are wearing masks and social distancing as they enter the park. Security will also walk around the stage areas, and can back up stage curators on social distancing enforcement as needed
Volunteers will enforce mask wearing and social distancing throughout the festival, and stage curators will enforce mask wearing, social distancing, and capacity at their respective stages
No sale of food or beverage within Nolan Park
No sale of merch (merch can be pre-ordered and picked up at the festival)
Encouraging anyone within the Porch Stomp community who is of compromised health NOT to attend
I understand that artist names and images may be used for current or future promotional materials, unless otherwise requested. Requests must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And a special note:
Porch Stomp is not liable for your actions and decisions on Governors Island. Please be respectful to the grounds and courteous to all Governors Island and Porch Stomp staff and officials.
The Porch Stomp Team
Nicholas Horner, Producer
Theo Boguszewski, Producer