Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Organizers that don't disappear into the woodwork once the show starts. Be around to enforce the rules, make people pull their displays back into their assigned space and not in front of my booth, turn down their music. Be present at breakdown so that the yahoo that parks his semi in the middle of the street has to move it.
30 days from app to notification. C'mon. How hard can that be? You get the jury scheduled for, say, April 1st. You send out apps in February with a deadline of March 1st. You have a month to get your slideshow/powerpoint/zapp viewer, whatever, ready to go. You do the jury thing and take say a week to get the letters out. I don't get the lag times. We have a schedule to plan and we can't do that until you let us know whether we have been deemed worthy or not.
If you cash my check, I have a spot. Period. DO NOT cash my check and hold my money until you decide whether I bought something or not. Makes me nuts.
If you charge admission, do not charge us for postcards. C'mon. Really? Stop nickel and diming us.
Don't put everyone who was rejected on a wait list. I will plan differently if I know I'm on a wait list with 5 people than if I'm on a wait list with all the rest of the applicants.
I've done lovely shows with organizers that provide load in/load out helpers, that have a loan caddy with duct tape and clamps and extension cords and hammers, that feed you every day and throw a 5 star party one of the nights, that provide clean and private rest rooms just for "us", that solicit criticisms and then follow through the next year. That is great, but the most important thing is to get the buyers out. Advertise a lot and do it classy so that it gets the interest of real spenders.
We are not the backdrop of your Summer "festival". We ARE the festival and, most importantly, what's a fun weekend for you is our livelihood. Treat us that way. Walk a year in our shoes and I bet a lot of things would be different.