The Near Southside has long been home to some of Fort Worth's greatest music - from historic bygone venues like Madhatters, Axis, M.A.S.S. and Shipping & Receiving to today's celebrated listening rooms like Tulip's FTW and The Cicada. And far beyond the formal music clubs, you can hear Fort Worth's local musicians across the district at our record stores, restaurants, bars, breweries, recording studios, galleries, and in the soundtracks of films made in the district. In fact, Fairmount porches have been known to serve as music venues as frequently as our Near Southside festival stages have.

Music is in the DNA of the Near Southside. This year, you've likely heard about the shuttering of several of the Fort Worth's great music rooms - from Twilite Lounge to Lola's, The Isis to the most recent announcement from The Post at River East. While many of these venues weren't located in the Near Southside, they are still important to the music community and economy that calls the district home. As each closing announcement rolled out, our team became increasingly compelled to lean in to supporting our remaining venues and the many musicians who call Fort Worth home. Live local music needs something in the win column and we're eager to be on the team.

ANNOUNCING LOST 'N SOUND, a new 4-event music series coming to South Main Village in 2024. Lost 'N Sound will transform businesses throughout the village into one-day music venues hosting established and emerging local musicians across genres. Community members are invited to enjoy the performances while exploring both traditional music venues and unexpected spaces like architecture offices, art galleries, retailers, recording studios, and film studios hosting stages. The free Lost 'N Sound shuttle allows patrons to hop on-and-off at dozens of participating South Main Village venues with markets, food, music and more on event day.

With partnership, we can put more artists on stages, expand our community's music repertoire across genres, support emerging talent and bolster Fort Worth's music scene with patronage. Get lost in South Main Village discovering new spaces & music.


SAVE THE DATES

SATURDAY, MAY 18 - past

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 - now booking!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 in partnership with ArtsGoggle


LNS MANAGEMENT

Lost ‘N Sound is a community partnership in South Main Village, organized by Near Southside, Inc. and Near Southside Arts - your non-profit organizations supporting the revitalization of Fort Worth's Near Southside district. The Near Southside team has a long history of producing community events such as ArtsGoggle, Friday on the Green, Open Streets, PARK(ing) Day, and various other community festivals and celebrations over the organization’s three decades. The Near Southside staff - Megan, Natalie, Woody, Mike, Austin and Becky - are grateful for your partnership in making this event, and all other Near Southside community events, possible.


ABOUT MUSIC BOOKING

  • Venues are South Main Village businesses or properties hosting music.
  • Venues book music for Lost 'N Sound. Venues communicate directly with musicians about booking opportunities. Participating Lost 'N Sound Venues are responsible for their own music booking and they will use the information you have provided in this form for their consideration when booking music. Lost 'N Sound management does not book music directly at this time.
  • By filling out this free booking application, your details will be published in a "MUSIC DATABASE" that all venues can browse through to identify musicians they are interested in booking. If a venue can extend a booking offer to you, they will contact you to discuss a specific set time and payment details.
  • Lost 'N Sound strives to host a diverse lineup of regional artists across genres. In that effort, we are working to curate entertainment that reaches a broad audience while providing opportunities to showcase regionally acclaimed artists as well as lesser-known artists.
  • You only need to apply ONCE for the entire season. This rolling database will be used for music booking for the entire Lost 'N Sound season, so venues can see your application for all four events. For booking consideration, please submit the following application for Lost 'N Sound.
  • If you are a music booking agent, looking to book an entire showcase, please make sure to fill out the Lost 'N Sound SPONSOR/PARTNER INQUIRY FORM. This application is specific to individual musicians hoping to play Lost 'N Sound. Music agents are welcomed to fill out the application on behalf of musicians that they represent.


TYPES OF VENUES:

Lost 'N Sound is interested in bringing music to expected AND unexpected spaces.
As such, we have created two different types of venues that will book music for Lost 'N Sound day.

  • MAIN STAGE VENUE Locations that are open to the public on a daily basis for retail purposes such as restaurants, bars, live music venues, bakeries, and other retail storefronts.
  • BACK STAGE VENUE Locations that are typically not open daily to the public for walk-up retail traffic. These locations include recording studios, film studios, office spaces, churches, salons/spas that require appointment, residences, apartment community clubhouses, or public spaces that aren’t commonly activated. These are the special spaces that the public does not expect to see live music except for Lost ‘N Sound event day.


REAL TALK:

The event season is now underway.

Being realistic, we want to be clear that the first event season is a beta test and just the very beginning of what Lost ‘N Sound will eventually become. We are strong believers that starting small, practical, and creative is the best approach. We don’t have the blow the doors off the first event, but instead just need to get momentum heading in the right direction – plant a seed so to speak.

As a reminder, all of our now-popular Near Southside community events (ArtsGoggle, Open Streets, Friday on the Green) first began as small grassroots efforts lead by the investments of local business owners with Near Southside coordinating marketing. The very first ArtsGoggle featured just a dozen spaces that each hosted a single artist. Both the property owners and the artists had to act in faith that over time ArtsGoggle could and would grow to become a big moment for the Near Southside. Over the years the event has grown, changed, expanded, and invited in thousands of and come the celebrated and beloved festivals that they are today. A small coalition of business owners and partners working towards a common goal can produce big results over time.

We feel confident that Lost ‘N Sound is a good idea, has “good bones” and can quickly grow to become well-known city-wide event that is a big win for South Main Village and a big win for the music community. However, all new events are wise to start small, learning from the mistakes and identifying opportunities as they grow. All partners are being asked to contribute in some way, and we appreciate your consideration of getting involved.

Lost ‘N Sound is asking South Main Village businesses to partner with the event as official venues. Venues are asked to book and pay for their music and production (stage and sound) for this first season. There is no requirement for venues to build a formal stage or to go overboard of big production like lights, stage banners, etc. Smaller, lighter, cheaper fun is the big goal for this first season. We want as many musicians as possible to have an opportunity to play at Lost ‘N Sound. We’re asking that all participating venues offer free admission to the public on Lost ‘N Sound day. Yes, this makes it hard to recoup their investment in hiring bands, on this one specific day. For some, such as bars and restaurants, it is possible to recoup some of the money via increased sales and we know that means there is pressure on LNS management to turn out crowds to support all participating venues and musicians on event day. For others, Lost ‘N Sound is more likely their gift to the community or a marketing effort for their business, sort of like they are hosting an open house or client party. Either way, it is important to note that musicians MUST provide free admission to the public during Lost 'N Sound hours so they are unlikely to make a lot of money off the music they are booking.


MUSICIANS and music industry professionals, we are asking for your investment in this new event. Lost ‘N Sound is an effort to rebuild Fort Worth’s music patronage, connecting new fans to your music in an easy, approachable, community-centered event that puts you front and center. As you can see above, we’re asking venues to go out of their way to host music, pay for music, promote music. We’re hoping that Lost ‘N Sound will expand the reach of traditional venues and also raise the awareness of music’s value for non-traditional spaces where live music is rarely seen. We also feel confident that by inviting all business owners in South Main Village to book music, experiment across genres, and take risks on booking a less-familiar artist we can broaden the music ecosystem and provide more opportunity for all of Fort Worth’s talented music professionals.

So what are we asking for specifically? Be generous when and where you can – remember, these venues are all offering free admission to see your performance so the old model of cover fees will not be their way to recoup expenses at Lost ‘N Sound. Please be considerate of this when pricing your performance. Encourage other musicians to apply and participate – we hope that the music community will see this event as their own, one where businesses are rolling out the red carpet to host music for the benefit of the musician and Fort Worth’s music scene at-large. Your partnership is appreciated to help get this new local music showcase started. Please contribute however you can.



MUSIC PARTNER EXPECTATIONS:

Any musician playing original music, defined as music composed by the performer, is welcomed to apply for booking consideration. Musicians of all genres are welcomed to submit booking requests.

  • Musicians are requested to play only original music written by the performer to avoid conflict with licensing and ASCAP regulations.
  • Musicians are expected to be on time for their performance, arriving with sufficient time for load-in and sound check prior to their set time.
  • Musicians are expected to perform for the full duration of the agreed upon set time.
  • Musicians are expected to maintain professional decorum on event day, as you are a partner and representative of Lost ‘N Sound.
  • Musicians will be booked directly by participating venues and are expected to discuss all performance needs, including production, with the venue prior to event date. Not all venues will provide production support, so musicians should negotiate their needs directly with the venue and be prepared to provide their own equipment as needed to supplement what the venue is able to provide.
  • Musicians are expected to self-promote to supplement the Lost ‘N Sound event advertising. Lost ‘N Sound management will provide musicians with professional marketing resources to promote their performance and venue.
  • Musicians should discuss the opportunity to sell merch before, during, or immediately after their performance with their venue. Lost ‘N Sound encourages all venues
  • Act in good faith and fulfill all terms of partnership. If any musician is proven to - fail to uphold your obligation to the venue and have not clearly communicated with the venue in a professional manner regarding this failure, be responsible for property damage, or treat other musicians, venue staff, guests, sponsors, or Lost ‘N Sound management in a disrespectful manner - the musician or group will be not be allowed to participate in future events until deemed appropriate by Lost ‘N Sound management.


Okay, those are all the nitty gritty details. More than anything we want to thank you for your interest in playing Lost 'N Sound. Musicians are the purpose of Lost 'N Sound, we're eager to be great partners to you.

Questions? Please email us at megan@nearsouthsidefw.org

COMPLETE THIS FORM FOR BOOKING CONSIDERATION.

Lost N Sound Musician Application

Where we can contact you.

PERFORMER INFO

I am interested and available to perform on the following dates: *

Please note, Lost 'N Sound event hours are estimated to be 3:00pm to 10:00pm with some venues potentially booking music before and after these times as well. You can discuss your specific available for time of day with the venue when they reach out to you to discuss booking interest.

Please select ALL dates that you are available:

Your full name or the name of your band.

Please type in full complete sentences written in third person. This performer bio will be published if you are booked.

Seeking booking as a: *

If you are a performer who can be booked as both a solo act or a multi-person group, please fill out separate applications for each so that you can price these performance fees separately.

Performance Type *

PLEASE NOTE - Preference is given to artists performing original works, but ultimately your hosting venue will make the decision

Performance Genre / Type of Music *

Please select all that apply.

Are you playing songs that require the venue to pay music licensing fees? *

If you are playing covers, our concern is that the music is licensed and venues would need to pay licensing fees via ASCAP. Or, if you have recorded your music and have professional licensing would your performance require the venue hosting your performance to seek permission from anyone other than you to play your music?

Does this musician or group have professional management that should be contacted regarding their performance? *

Are you loud and fast full band rock? Easy on the ears in small places singer-songwriter? Jazz trio with a powerful lead vocalist? Synth band with a fun Scandinavian homage? Does your performance fill a large room? Are you more comfortable in small settings?

This isn't your formal bio, but a bit more of an "in your own words" explanation of what we could expect from your performance. This statement doesn't need to be super polished, it won't be published, so don't labor over it. Just tell us a bit about what to expect.

This will automatically link in your music profile so it is critical that provide the complete link, copy and pasted from the internet.

This will automatically link in your music profile so it is critical that provide the complete link, copy and pasted from the internet.

This will automatically link in your music profile so it is critical that provide the complete link, copy and pasted from the internet.

Do you or does someone in your group live or work in the Near Southside? (zip codes 76104 and 76110) *

We ask this because venues may wish to show preference to musicians living or working in the immediate area.


SET-UP NEEDS

Please tell us what equipment you have and / or need to accept a booking offer.

Remember, Lost 'N Sound is a unique new event that requests businesses and property owners of ALL types to open their doors to musicians on event day. While some venues will have a very traditional live music set-up (stage, sound, lights, audio support, etc.) other venues are less likely to have all of that equipment at the ready. As a reminder, here are the two types of venues that we are envisioning as Lost 'N Sound music spaces:

MAIN STAGE VENUE Locations that are open to the public on a daily basis for retail purposes such as restaurants, bars, live music venues, bakeries, and other retail storefronts.

BACK STAGE VENUE Locations that are typically not open daily to the public for walk-up retail traffic. These locations include recording studios, film studios, office spaces, churches, salons/spas that require appointment, residences, apartment community clubhouses, or public spaces that aren’t commonly activated. These are the special spaces that the public does not expect to see live music except for Lost ‘N Sound event day.

How many musicians are in your act/band? *
I/we prefer to perform: *
YOUR GEAR OR OURS?  *

Do you have your own sound gear that you would be willing to use for your performance at a Lost 'N Sound venue if needed? We ask because many venues will have to consider the costs of renting sound equipment and stages to host a performer. Performers who can provide their own audio are sure to be desirable to some venues.

If you have a stage plot available that you can share, please attach it here. Stage plots are a visual example of your tech needs and stage arrangement for group members so that audio teams can plan for your performance. This is not required, so skip if you do not have a stage plot.

Stage Types: *

Not all venues can/will offer traditional stages. Some venues may be as informal as identifying a high visibility space on the floor or outdoor patio for a musician while others might be able to build small platforms, host music in exciting and unexpected spaces like balconies or rooftops. Let us know if your performance requires a formal stage only. Please note, that if so, this will limit which venues can offer booking to you.

Performance Locations:  *
How much time is ideal for your load-in: *
I understand that THE VENUE who is booking me is responsible for payment.  *

I understand that all details of my performance must be arranged with the venue and that I am responsible (as is the venue) for clear and timely communication to make arrangements for all performance needs including audio, arrival, set-up, load-in, load-out, parking, payment, and promotion of my performance.

I understand it is my responsibility to discuss ALL NEEDS directly with my venue. Lost 'N Sound management is not responsible for my performance.


CONTACT INFORMATION

The primary contact is the person who a venue will contact to discuss booking. Please make sure this person know's the full availability of the performer when filling out this form.

Is this person the solo artist, a band member, manager, parent of a young artist, etc. If you are a solo artist, simply say "I am the artist"

What is the primary contact's preferred means of communication when a venue wants to discuss booking? *

Whatever you answer here is most likely how venues will contact you to book you. Please make sure that whatever you answer here,, you are willing to closely monitor that communication so that you are responsive to venues who make outreach.

SECONDARY CONTACT - THIS IS YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT

If your PRIMARY contact is a manager or agent, please list the primary band member's contact info as the secondary contact.

If your PRIMARY contact is a solo artist, please share another person whom we could reach out to should we need to talk to the performer and cannot reach the primary such as a spouse.

DO NOT share contact info for the same person who is the primary contact. We need a second person. Think, emergency contact...

If your PRIMARY contact is a manager or agent, please list the primary band member's contact info as the secondary contact.

If your PRIMARY contact is a band member, please share another person whom we could reach out to should we need to talk to the performer and cannot reach the primary.

DO NOT share contact info for the same person who is the primary contact. We need a second person. Think, emergency contact...

Is this second contact person your manager, the band's drummer, your parent, spouse? Let us know!


PAYMENT DETAILS

Should your performer/group be booked, who should the check be made out to when payment is made?
Would you be willing to donate your performance to help establish Lost 'N Sound? *

Please note, there is NO PRESSURE to donate your performance. We know many professional musicians rely on income from their performance as their primary personal income. We believe in payment musicians. However, some emerging musicians, hobbyists, and casual performers may have greater interest (and financial flexibility) to offer their performance as a gift to this emerging festival while we work on proof of concept to attract and secure sponsors who will eventually underwrite talent budgets for this festival.

PAYEE ADDRESS:

This is the same address where your check will be mailed if you are paid in advance of the show. All venues are asked to pay their performers on (or before, considering deposits) event day.

THANK YOU

We know this was a beefy application. Thanks for taking time to share information with us. As stated before, we will publish the details that you have provided in a "MUSIC DATABASE" which we will share with all venues who are booking music. Venues can use this database for all four Lost 'N Sound events BUT ALSO have access to use it all year long to book music as needed. We will also consider any applications submitted to this form for ArtsGoggle booking as well. Thanks for being a great community partner. We're eager to build a new and stronger patronage for local musicians and we value your offer to partner with us for this new music series!