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Over the course of a year The Ark staff reviews on average 1,200 unsolicited demos. We listen to all the demos we receive and give the group or performer a rating. Time constraints make it impossible for us to contact performers after we review their demos or to return their CDs or tapes.
Demos are reviewed three times a year: April, August, and December. Performers can contact us after submitting their materials to find out their ratings.
Keep in mind that of the performers whose demos we review, only a very small number are selected to appear at The Ark – perhaps ten each year. HINT: Put your best stuff up front.
While we respect all forms of music, we focus primarily on acoustic genres. We request that you forgo submitting materials to The Ark if your music could best be described by the following terms:
Please do not e-mail us and ask us to link to your website to listen to your demo. We request that if you'd like to be considered, please submit to our process.
If you’re still reading and are ready to send us your stuff, please mail it to this address:
Attn: Anya Siglin
117 N. First Street, Suite 40
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
You can call us at (734) 761-1800 after you’ve sent your demo. Please wait unitl the next scheduled listening month has passed before calling for your rating. Let the office staff know that you are calling for a rating and we will let you know what steps to take next.
If you are a booking agent or a performer who has already received a rating (see above), contact Program Director Anya Siglin at (734) 761-1800, ext. 22.
Another way to appear at The Ark is to be part of our monthly Open Stage Night concerts. Tremendous local performers like Dick Siegel, Chris Buhalis, and Matt Watroba spent time honing their craft on Open Stage audiences. Nationally recognized talents like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gilda Radner, and David Alan Grier also paid their dues here. On Open Stage nights, doors open at 7:30 pm. Performers’ names are chosen at random at 7:45 pm and again at 8:30 pm, for a total of 15 performers in all.