FAQs for Performers

What kind of groups can perform?
Any and all groups are welcome! Singer/Songwriters, Bands, Dancers, Drama Acts, Circus Acts, Comedians, and more. Just keep in mind that your audience may have toddlers to grandmas 😉

Can children perform?
Yes. Registration will be limited to people 18 years of age and older, so if you are under age 18, please have a responsible adult register for you and accompany you to the performance.

Do I need to be from Sharon to perform?
For the inaugural year, at least one performer in your group should have an affiliation with Sharon.

Will I be paid?
Porchfest is free! Performers donate their time. Hosts donate their space.

Can Performers sell CDs or other merchandise?
Sales are not permitted, but performer merchandise can be made available with a suggested donation.

How long should I play for?
Sign up to play for one 30- or 60-minute time slot. Factor in the time you will need for set-up and breakdown. If you need a lot of time for set-up and breakdown, please let us know on the registration form.

How loud can I play?
Performances must be acoustic, and we ask that you be cognizant of your surroundings. The goal is to be heard to the sidewalk, but not down the street. There will be other performers nearby, (and a few sleeping babies!), so please be respectful.

Should I bring my own water or other refreshments?
Yes.

Should I bring my own equipment?
Absolutely! Organizers and porch coordinators will not provide equipment. Porch coordinators may provide electrical outlets.

Will I be performing on a porch?
Possibly. Any outdoor, ground level, residential space (without access to a pool) could be your playing field, including a porch, patio, stoop, lawn or garage.

How will I know where I’m performing?
Once sign-up is complete, we’ll be contacting you to let you know where you’ll be performing.

Who will advertise my performance?
Providing links to your web or FB page will help us get the word out. Anything you can do to promote your performance is recommended!

What about parking?
Parking may be difficult, depending on the porch location. Arrive early and be prepared to walk. You can drop equipment, but depending on where the porch is located, you may need to park elsewhere.