Performing at KMC

Joining KMC is not only about performing in front of new audiences, but it's also about expanding artistic careers.
Over the years, musicians that have actively participated in KMC sponsored events and kept in touch through social media, have been offered performances at corporate events, band contests, festivals and other opportunities. Also, numerous artists based outside of Japan have used the experience to enhance their careers, boost their reputations and expand their own respective fanbase at home by collaborating with Japanese artists.

Application process (Starting 1st July 2024)

1) Applications will be accepted from July 1st - Aug. 15th on this site and also through gigmit. No fee is necessary to apply.
2) All artists who are selected to perform must officially register and pay a registration fee by October 1st in order to perform. (Details here)
3) NOTE: Musicians selected to perform will not be paid for their performance nor receive payment for any expenses related to their participation.
4) Artists that have flexible performance styles (acoustic, duos & trios) are preferred. However, all performances must involve live musical instruments of some type.
5) Genres accepted: Alternative, Blues, Electronic, Folk, Hip-Hop/Rap, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Rock, Urban/R&B, World, Gospel, Acoustic, Americana, Avant-garde, Funk, Singer/Songwriter, Soul, A Capella
6) On the application form, please list the month that would be best for a performance in Japan.
7) Selection results will be announced by Sept 1st. Applicants who have been selected will be notified by email.
8) All selected artists will have until Oct. 1st to confirm their participation through the registration process, after which all unconfirmed spots will be offered to other applicants.
9) After confirming attendance, artists may be asked to provide further information for the conference registration process.