Board Elections, Information, and Application

Congratulations Board Electees
Thank you all for participating!

Board Elections

Must be a current member in good standing. Not a member of Blissfest yet? It’s never too late to sign up! Memberships can be purchased or renewed at the meeting or can be purchased by clicking here!


The Blissfest is comprised of a 10 member volunteer board. Blissfest members in good standing are invited to participate in the
governing body of the organization. Past experience as a volunteer with Blissfest or other non-profit cultural organizations is strongly
encouraged. The board meets each month on the first Tuesday of the month for 2 hrs+. Blissfest also has 6 standing committees that
usually meet on other Tuesdays of the month that typically last 1.5 hrs. Committee members are required to be on the Festival
Operations Committee and select another committee to be involved with. Board members are also required to be a coordinator at the
annual festival. Terms are 3 years with the option to run for a second term.
Standing committees include; Programming/Marketing, Site, Finance, Human Resources,
Festival Operations, Land Use and Governance/Policy.

Board Member Responsibilities

In general boards of non-profit organizations are responsible to know the group’s mission, be
good stewards and help nurture the organization. Boards provide oversight, governance and help
plan for the future. More specifically they:
  • Create and modify governance and policy, which sets direction and establishes parameters on
    how the organization will operate.
  • Hire, evaluate and delegate responsibilities to an executive director
  • Establish an annual budget
  • Ensure there are adequate resources and manage these resources effectively
  • Help develop strategic plans and monitor the impact of programs and services

Board Member Job Description

  • Be committed to the organization
  •  Attend Board meetings, Annual meeting, yearly retreat and annual festival
  • Attend orientation for Board members
  • Understand the legal responsibility as trustee of the organization
  • Prepare in advance for all board meetings
  • Make decisions based on the mission of the organization and what is best for those you serve
  • Chair or co-chair one standing committee
  • Recruit new organization members and member volunteers to serve on committees
  • Notify staff or secretary if unable to attend a meeting
  • Annually evaluate Executive Director
  • Help secure necessary resources for the organization.


  • Free concert series pass
  • 2 festival passes and hospitality passes , camping and for the Annual Blissfest.
  • Free festival shirt
  • Name on wall of fame displayed at festival site upon completion of 2 terms

Mission Statement

The Blissfest Music Organization’s mission is to preserve traditions and promote innovators of
American and world music, arts and sustainable living through performance, education and
community participation.


We encourage all members to attend the General Membership Meeting. If you are unable to attend you may vote by Absentee Ballot.

Please email or call to request an Absentee Ballot.  231-348-7047

You may also have another member represent you at the meeting as your proxy. Proxy instructions and PDF form. 

Please mail or email your absentee or proxy ballot to:

522 Liberty St. Petoskey, MI 49770

Digital Absentee Ballots will be accepted until November 10th at 8pm

To vote by proxy please email the proxy form in or send a hard copy to the General Membership Meeting with your proxy. 


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