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Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival 2018

Location:
Downtown Brighton
Brighton, Michigan (Midwest)

Phone: 810.227.5086
Event Dates: 8/3/18 - 8/5/18
Application Deadline: 5/1/18 Midnight EST
72 day(s) and 6 hour(s) remaining


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $20.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
The Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present our 35th Annual Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival. Brighton Fine Arts, always the first weekend in August, takes place each year in beautiful downtown Brighton. Just a short drive north from Ann Arbor, east from Lansing and west from Novi, we are within a stone’s throw of I96 and US23. Over 30,000 art enthusiasts visit the festival each year to support the arts in our community, savor local restaurant fare and listen to an eclectic mix of live acoustic music. This music is meant as a backdrop to the art and the stars of the show are YOU, the artists! We are dedicated to making this a “must do” on your summer event calendar! Over 100 fine artists will be on hand to share their love of art in one-of-a-kind, unique pieces.
 
We are first and foremost committed to hosting a successful show for our artists.
A snapshot of our artist offerings include:
 
FREE Continental breakfast both Saturday and Sunday
Comfortable artist hospitality area to relax and take a quick break
Complimentary coffee, water and snacks for artists only
Generous booth space (10' x 15!) and friendly booth sitters
Saturday after-hours artist and exhibitor mingle
ART BUCKS giveaways hourly to encourage buyers
Private parking, for RV’s too!
Convenient artist shuttle service
Friendly fellow artists
Focused event marketing
Supportive community
Sponsored social media campaign
Successful media partnerships, both digital and print

General Information

APPLICATION
https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=6276

EVENT HOURS
 
Friday AUGUST 3, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday AUGUST 4, 2018 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday AUGUST 5, 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm
 
EVENT LOCATION
 
217 W Main Street Brighton MI 48116
Located on Main Street in downtown Brighton MI, a short drive north of Ann Arbor
 
DATES TO REMEMBER
Application Opens: December 1
Application and Jury Fee Deadline: May 1
Jury Begins: May 5
Jury Ends: May 15
Notifications Emailed: May 20
Booth Fees Due: June 15
Show Dates: AUGUST 3-5, 2018 

ARTIST PARKING
Brighton High School
7878 Brighton Road Brighton MI 48116
Located in a dedicated lot for artists only, shuttle services are provided. Overnight parking is available and RV’s are welcome.

Rules/Regulations
  • Artists in all media and categories are encouraged to apply.
  • Artists may only show work in categories and bodies of work selected by the jury process. Artists will be asked to remove any items not represented in the jury process.
  • Brighton Fine Arts reserves the right to refuse exhibition and/or sale of work not consistent with submitted images. Jury will focus on balancing quantity of quality artists in each media category.
  • We request that you only submit ORIGINAL HAND-CRAFTED work for jury consideration.  All work must be designed and executed only by the artists listed on the application. No imports, kits, items made from kits or pre-manufactured items are permitted. Artwork must be in good taste and mindful of the show’s intent and community standards.
  • Wiggle room is everything! We want you to be comfortable. Booth space is generous at 10’x 15’ (wide) and we will do our best to fulfill booth requests.
  • All artists must provide their own tents and display stands. Artists should plan for protective covering and a proven weight system for weather protection.
  • Stakes are not permitted. Artists agree to comply with all safety requirements for the duration of the event. 
  • We do not provide electricity and generators are not allowed on Main Street.
  • All artists must select a set up time when completing your application. Set up times are requested in order to assist with traffic flow on Main Street. All traffic must enter from the east, heading west down Main Street towards the artist parking and shuttle pick up. Staggered set-up times will be assigned if not indicated. All set-up times are subject to change and all changes will be communicated prior to the show.  Set up times are available on Friday at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm. All artists must be up and ready to sell no later than 4:30pm.
  • For your protection, please do not bring pets to the show.
  • Each artist is responsible for collection and payment of any and all applicable state sales tax. The Michigan sales tax is 6%.
  • Brighton Fine Arts is a rain or shine event. Should severe weather be in the forecast, the Fine Arts Committee has the right to close the show early. Should this happen, no refunds will be extended.
  • All artists must be present for the entirety of the show. Booth sitters are available for short breaks and are happy to assist.
  • Artists are reminded to keep their booth areas looking professional at all times.
  • Please be kind to your fellow artists and buyers. Your supporters expect a quality show, and artists closing their booth prior to the end of the show will not be permitted to return.
  • Artist booth signs must be prominently displayed in the front right corner of your booth, visible to booth sitters.
  • Any breach of the rules will forfeit all rights of the artists and will result in removal from the show without a refund. A submitted application indicates your agreement to the above rules and regulations.  Any noncompliance may result in removal from the show, jurying process and/or future shows.


Booth Information

JURY FEE
$20 non-refundable Jury Fee is due with application. This can be paid with credit card online only. Application will not be processed until payment is received and posted. If payment is not received before the deadline, the application will be considered late, incur an additional fee and/or will not be accepted. 
 
BOOTH FEE
Booths fees for those applying BEFORE January 10 are $275.00. Booth Fees for those applying AFTER January 10 are $300.00. Upon acceptance, all booth fees will be due June 15, 2018 and more detailed instructions will be included in your acceptance notification. If booth fee is not received by June 15, artist will be removed from participating list and placed on a waiting list. A limited number of double booths will be available upon request ($500 BEFORE January 10, $525 AFTER January 10). Artist booth fees are non-refundable after June 15th, and are at the discretion of the 2018 Brighton Fine Arts Committee for emergency situations only.


ARTIST & FINE CRAFTER APPLICATION PROCEDURES
 
Complete the Artist & Fine Crafter Application here: https://www.zapplication.org/
Applications must be fully completed and jury fee payment must be received before the application will be processed. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018.

Upload four (4) images - Three (3) digital images of your work and one (1) of your show display booth with current work (representative of your overall presentation) are required. All images must be of work executed within the last 2 years. Do not submit an image of the artist or any identifiable signage related to the artist. All jury decisions are final. The show organizers reserve the right to use one or more of these images for marketing purposes. More information regarding picture formatting may be found here: https://www.zapplication.org/help-center.php?page=image-preparation.

Submit Non-Refundable Jury Fee Payments are accepted online only via credit, debit and Pay Pal. Applications are not complete until jury fee has been received.   
 
HELPFUL HINTS AND FAQ’S
 
Categories
Artists will apply in one of the following categories. If more than one category fits, a separate application and fee is required for each category. Only one application per category is allowed. Please select carefully.

Clay/Pottery/Ceramics
Digital Art
Fiber
Glass
Jewelry
Metal
Mixed Media
Painting/Drawing
Photography
Sculpture
Sweet Treats and Pantry Foods
Wood

Jury Process
Our selected jurors have both knowledge and diverse backgrounds in the arts and the jury is comprised of a five person panel.  The jury panel includes one working artist and additional members of the arts community with varying roles. The Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce does not have a representative on the panel of jurors. The 2018 Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival will be comprised of approximately 100 artist spaces. All artists will be invited through the jury process in May. An additional group of artists will be placed on the wait list.

Notifications
Applicants will be notified of jury results through Zapplication.org on May 20, 2018.
All accepted artists must respond and submit booth payment no later than June 15, 2018. If an artist does not submit payment by this date, it will result in reversal of the invitation, and an invitation will be sent to an alternate on the artist waiting list. 
 
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be made in writing prior to June 15, 2018 and can be sent to events@brightoncoc.org. Cancellations are not confirmed until the Director of Events sends confirmation of receipt.
 
DURING THE SHOW

Artist Attendance
All artists must be present for the entirety of the show. 

Artist Check In
Artist check-in is mandatory and volunteers will be on hand to assist YOU! Please visit the information booth prior to set up; located on Main Street in front of Ciao Amici’s Restaurant at 217 W Main Street Brighton MI 48116. You will need your Photo ID and license plate information to complete the check in process.
 
Artist packets will also be distributed at check-in with important information regarding event hours, parking, helping hand/booth sitters and more! Booth assignments will be emailed out one week prior to the event. Although we do our best to accommodate your requests, sometimes assignments can and do change. Final booth placements will be confirmed upon check in.
 
Set Up Time
All artists must select a set up time when completing your application. Set up times are requested in order to assist with traffic flow on Main Street. All traffic must enter from the east, heading west down Main Street towards the artist parking and shuttle pick up. Staggered set-up times will be assigned if not indicated. All set-up times are subject to change and all changes will be communicated prior to the show.  Set up times are available on Friday at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm. All artists must be up and ready to sell no later than 4:30pm.

Upon arrival, please unload your vehicle at the curb closest to your booth and promptly move your vehicle so other artists and fine crafters are also able to unload.
 
Artist Parking
Brighton High School
7878 Brighton Road Brighton MI 48116
Located in a dedicated lot for artists only, shuttle services are provided. Overnight parking is available and RV’s are welcome.
 
Parking signs will be onsite to assist you and a map of the area will be included in your acceptance email. If you have special requirements, please let us know prior to set up on Friday.
 
Private vendor parking is available for artists, fine crafters, food vendors and other exhibitors only. The vendor lot is to be used for the entirety of the event – Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please adhere to this parking requirement so that visitors will have easy parking access to the event in all downtown lots and will spend less time parking and more time visiting your booth! You will be given a parking pass at check-in. Please be sure to leave it on your dashboard when exiting your vehicle.

Booth Space
Artists are required to provide their own tent and set up displays. All tents are REQUIRED to be properly weighted on all corners. Due to civic event ordinance, staking is not allowed.  Any property damage caused by the artist's actions, display, tent or vehicle will be the sole financial responsibility of the artist.
All trash and debris are the responsibility of the artists and must be removed from your space before exiting the show.  

Overnight Security
Overnight security is provided both Friday and Saturday nights. It is recommended that artists use their best discretion when leaving valuable property in their booth overnight. Unattended items are left at your own risk.

Michigan Sales Tax
The State of Michigan sales tax is 6%. Each artist is responsible for collecting, reporting and submitting their own sales tax. Information can be found here:  http://www.michigan.gov/taxes

Social Media
We are excited about your interest in our 35th Annual Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival! We have included a few tips for sharing with other fellow artists on social media. We want the whole world to know you are coming!

Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/GreaterBrightonAreaChamber/

Step one: Please share your interest with other fellow artists!

Step two: Tag yourselves in ours!

Event website:
www.brightonfinearts.com
https://www.brightoncoc.org/

And after acceptance…
We would love to see your photos and videos of set up too!  Remember to share your booth number when posting so your followers can find you! We will then like your post and share through our social media outlets.

Step four: Let the fun begin!

Our hashtags for the event are:

#brightonfinearts
#downtownbrighton
 
Follow us and tag us on Twitter: @GBAChamber
and on Instragram: @GBACoC
 
If you are experiencing any difficulties with the application process, please click on the link below for easy access to the ZAPP help portal:
https://www.zapplication.org/help-center.php
 
If you have any additional questions, please contact our event director, Sophia Freni, via email at events@brightoncoc.org or by calling 810.227.5086.

We look forward to another successful show and thank YOU for choosing the 2018 Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival!
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