What is a Springboard Festival?

An event like no other, Springboard Midwest in Chicago, IL is three days that change lives and careers!

We bring together the most talented, hard working MUSICIANS – from around the country for the OPPORTUNITY to receive mentorship, network and pitch their music to some of the industry’s top executives – creating a monumental IMPACT on their careers and our surrounding community and partners.

What We Do

We hand select 50 of the top emerging artists, out of thousands of applicants, to participate in our one-of-a-kind Springboard Festivals.

Artists receive 2 FULL DAYS of training during our BAND BOOTCAMP.  This includes Panels, Workshops, one-on-one Networking and our “The Moment of Truth” direct pitch sessions to professional music supervisors for film/TV placements.  All of this comes from the generosity and courtesy of some of the music industry’s most influential and powerful people including those involved in launching and guiding superstars like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Guns N Roses.

On DAY 3 we close out the festival by partnering with the community to showcase all 50 bands on 5 stages for our BAND & BREW CRAWL.  Artists take what they’ve learned and deliver the performance of their careers, all while attendees go from venue to venue discovering new music.

ALL proceeds benefit our non-profit partners Sustainable Artists and Music Over Miles.

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A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER

BARRY COFFING

 “There are so many artists and bands around the world that have the talent, the perseverance, the strength – but never had the moment to prove themselves or find out from professionals what they need to take the next step.  This festival/conference combination provides just that.  All the while giving fans a front row seat to the action.”

OUR MENTORS

Meet some the music industry’s most influential and powerful people, including those involved in launching and guiding superstars like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Guns N Roses, who are helping our artists reach the next level. **MORE MENTORS ANNOUNCED SOON**

Michèle Vice-Maslin

#1 Hit Music Songwriter/Producer

Simon Michel

Director of Europe - Music Supervisor, Inc.

Vicky Hamilton

Manager/Record Label Founder

Jon Thomas

CPA: Entertainment Industry

Robert Besser

Entertainment & Copyright Law

Barry Coffing

Founder of Springboard Festivals

Dale Penner

Award Winning Producer

Peggy Iafrate

ABC/Disney/Strega Group

OUR PERFORMERS

We hand select 50 of the top emerging artists, out of thousands of applicants from around the country, to join us for a one-of-a-kind opportunity. **APPLICATIONS OPEN SOON**

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