Apply to Join the BlissCrew Work Exchange

Veteran Volunteer (2 years +)  Application  Available:
March 1st – March 15th (No Deposit Required)

All Volunteer Applications Will Be Available:

March 18th-June 15th

Rookie BlissCrew (1st and 2nd year)

  • $10 Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • $115 Refundable Deposit
    • Deposits are refunded at the festival once both shifts are completed

Veteran BlissCrew (Vol. 2 Years or More)

  •  $10 Non-Refundable Application Fee
  •  The volunteer deposit ($115.00)  will be waived if registered by March 15th, 2017.

Teen BlissCrew (they work hard, too!)

  • Teens aged 14-17 are eligible to volunteer
  • $50.00 Refundable Deposit
  • Parents must contact the volunteer manager via volunteers@blissfest.org or
    231-348-7047 to receive a teen volunteer application
  • Teen volunteers are subject to the Under 18 Policy. Must have proof of a ticketed guardian as per the policy linked above.


  •  Invitation-only volunteer leadership position
  • Coordinator Program Benefits
    • 16 hours=1 Coordinator Wristband (for yourself) + 1 Guest Wristband + 1 Hospitality Pass + 1 Complimentary Campsite
  • Must maintain an up-to-date Blissfest Music Organization Membership to be eligible
  • Coordinators, please indicate your return by March 15th by completing the Coordinator Check-In form online. If you have not received this in your inbox, please contact the office ASAP.

Important Dates 2017

March 15th –Camping Reservation & Online Coordinator Check-In Due
March 18th– Volunteer Applications go live
June 1st— Coordinator Guest Registration Due
June 15th– Volunteer Applications End
May 20th – Coordinator Picnic @ Blissfest Festival Farm
May 21st- Volunteer Training @ Blissfest Festival Farm
July 6th- Coordinators Arrive, Coordinator Meeting

Volunteer Training Mission Statement

 To provide skills, promote community awareness and empowerment, provide safety for all that participate, ensure protection for the organization and its surroundings, and foster a positive environment through necessary and effective risk management techniques.

Please Read Me:

 Volunteer Training Manual PDF

Application Below

Volunteer Information

Becoming a Blissfest Volunteer is almost painless!

Volunteers work 8 hours total, generally split into two 4-hour shifts. In return, we provide you with a weekend wristband to the festival.

Our Coordinators work 16 hours total over the course of the weekend! They are the backbone of the festival and the leaders of every area. If you are a passionate and bliss-loving volunteer, talk to your current area coordinator about training with them and becoming one!

Pre-fest setup and Post-fest cleanup volunteers are required to provide 12 hours total. Note: There are so many folks who want to work pre-fest that these coveted positions are by invitation only. We really need your help during the festival!

On-Site Volunteer Sign Up Requirements and Info

  • Must have wristband purchased in advance and come to the festival wearing it.
  • Sign-Up at Information Booth by the Main Stage (formerly know as the Vol./ Info Booth)
  • Half Shifts must be approved by the Info Booth Coordinator (We prefer full shifts please!)
  • Once your shift is completed reimbursement will be given on-site.
    • Full Shift Refund= $115.00
    • Half Shift Refund= $50.00

We try to meet your requests for time, area and co-worker preferences. Please be specific on your application. The earlier you apply, the more likely you are to receive your requested preferences.

When we receive your application and fees we will schedule you and email your work assignment. It may take a few weeks for your application to be processed.

First-come, first-served camping is included with your weekend volunteer ticket.  At this time, member reserved camp sites are no longer available. See FAQ’s for more info.

Have questions? please don’t hesitate to contact the Blissfest Office 231-348-7047 or volunteers@blissfest.org

Online applications will be received until June 15th 

Blissfest Volunteers Make Bliss Happen!

The Blissfest Music Festival literally could not happen without our loyal and hard working volunteers. When we say “Volunteers Make Blissfest Happen,” we mean it. We really appreciate our 600+ volunteers who help make the Blissfest Music Organization the success it is. The festival is our organization’s main program service and a fundraiser for our outreach programs throughout the year as well as the Blissfest Arts Recreation Center Project. Without this fundraiser, we would not be able to continue to support programs like Ukes for Youth, the Elyce Fishman Scholarship fund, Fall and Winter Concert Series, country dances, songwriting seminars, programs for schools, the forthcoming Blissfest Arts Recreation Center (BARC) and much, much, more.

Volunteers frequently tell us that they can’t imagine coming to the festival and not volunteering. It is an integral and fun part of their weekend. There is a fitting place for anyone who would like to volunteer.

This July 87th-9th, 2017 is our 37th Annual Blissfest folk and roots music festival and we are planning another great weekend of music, dance, and community. Please note that volunteer positions will be determined by staff according to festival needs with consideration for seniority, experience, and skill set. 

Volunteer Job Descriptions

The Blissfest Music festival is proud to say that we have 600+ volunteers and coordinators who help make the Blissfest Music Festival a reality. Because of a large amount of volunteers on duty at any one time, it is important that everyone have a general understanding of their job and duties before arriving at the festival. This not only helps to make the volunteer shift more enjoyable for all involved but also gives you a chance to know if you’re being scheduled in an area that you feel you will be able to handle and enjoy.

We ask that all volunteers and coordinators review their job descriptions before arriving at the festival. If you have any questions upon arrival to the Festival, these job descriptions are available at the Info Booth.

We can’t say thank you enough to all of our incredible volunteers, and we look forward to seeing you all this July!

All Blissfest volunteers are subject to the policies, procedures & guidelines for their level of participation as embodied in this Volunteer Training Manual.

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