Are you a modern maker, creative, indie business owner, food & drinks producer or street food vendor? If you'd love to be involved in our monthly street market festival in Dumfries and be part of our 2021 Line Up, well look no further, applications will be open very soon!
On this page you'll find everything you need to know on how to apply for the Makers Market at DUMFRIES MARKET FESTIVAL. We've streamlined the application process so you can apply via a simple online form for each event. At our Makers Market we don't just allocate spaces to traders but ask interested businesses, charities and community groups to complete an online application form by a deadline date. A selection process then takes place after this date by a chosen Curatorial Team. Our application process allows each event we produce to be curated, with a mixture of disciplines and a variety of different traders taking part. This lets us maintain a high level of quality that visitors to our events have now grown to expect when they come along.
This process also allows us to limit where possible any duplication of existing businesses in the town. Our aim is to provide additionality to Dumfries town centre, not to detract from it. We offer a stall sharing opportunity so that young fledgling businesses can take the first steps into a retail environment and get direct feedback from customers with minimal investment. In addition to this, we offer a few pitches to charity/not for profit stalls, if space allows, so they are able to benefit from some community fundraising.
Would you love to get involved, collaborate, interested in leading a workshop, giving a talk, demo, tasting, or have another wonderful idea, we'd love to hear about it!
Firsly, please read over our Application Process below. Please ensure you also read our APPLICATION CRITERIA and TERMS & CONDITIONS in full before applying. It includes vital information and we hope will answer most of your questions. The online application form can be accessed by the clicking 'APPLY NOW' under each of these months. This is only visible once applications have been open, so if it says 'COMING SOON' please check back.
If you're filling out an application form for one of the events for the first time, you'll be required to share some business details and links to your social media accounts. All stallholders must go through our application process by filling out our simple online application form and provide us with good quality images that will be used in marketing the each event. We'd suggest preparing these details before you start the application process.
Once you complete your application, you will receive a confirmation message "Thank you for taking the time to make an application for Dumfries Market Festival we will be in touch shortly after the closing date." which will be displayed on your screen once you submit an application online. You can also request to have a copy of your application emailed to you. You'll be sent a completed form and have the opportunity to make edits if necessary.
Once you've submitted an application, it's then a patient wait for an email response from us after the closing date, which is stated on the application form and below. All applicants will be contacted to inform you whether you were successful or not. If your application is successful, we'll provide you with further details regarding payment, insurance documentation etc. The booking fee will need to be paid by a specified date to confirm your place.
All our successful traders MUST provide valid certification of Public Liability Insurance and Employers Liability Insurance where necessary. Food and beverage stalls must also provide the appropriate Health and Safety/Food Hygiene certificates to be permitted to trade.
As part of the organisation of this event, The Guild will undertake publicity and media coverage that targets Dumfries and the surrounding region effectively. We promote the event on our social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On the run up to the event and on market day, we will be showcasing the work and the stories of our traders on our website, social media, on our blog and will also send out information to our mailing list.
We want to nurture and support our maker community. If applicants are selected to take part at any of our events, they are then given access to an online trader area where we can deliver free training and advice. This space also becomes a place where traders can network, and it also becomes a skill-sharing hub and somewhere where each of the makers can build relationships with other businesses and share experiences. It’s a central place to communicate with our makers and traders and help answer any questions they may have.
We also encourage and assist our makers to get the most out of taking part in our event and promoting their involvement, so that as a community we can work together and help attract as many customers to come along and visit us on Market day. We send successful applicants a series of emails in the run up to the event. We provide makers with a media kit with logos and graphics that can be used in the promotion of the event. We wish to encourage shared partnerships to deliver a cohesive and consistent approach to marketing our event.
As part of being a maker at our events we also have a dedicated maker area on our website to boost their profile. Every maker listing has an image and links to their websites or social media to increase their exposure. They will remain on our website ensuring maximum promotion outside of event dates.
During the run up and during the event itself, we aim to create a visual presence around the location to attract passing trade, we will also be filming and posting both videos and images on social media throughout the set up and on the day to give followers a behind the scenes experience of our project.
Got a question about Dumfries Maket Festival before you apply? Please get in touch and we will try our best to answer your query.
BEFORE YOU START
- Please ensure you've read our APPLICATION CRITERIA and TERMS & CONDITIONS before you complete your application form.
- Our online application forms require you to have an account with Google so that you can upload files and so you can request to have a copy of your completed form emailed to you. You will need to be signed in to access the forms and click the 'APPLY NOW' link below.
- While your application can be sent to you and re-edited after you submit, we recommend filling it out in one sitting and not stopping and starting this form. So before you start, please have all of your information and images prepared and ready to to use.
The Makers Markets we organise as part of Dumfries Maket Festival are curated, The Guild Dumfries will review each and every application thoughtfully.
By making an application to be involved at the Dumfries Market Festival, you are agreeing to our TERMS & CONDITIONS. Space is limited at each event so if your application is unsuccessful this time, please don't be disheartened or take it personally. We want to provide visitors and customers with a mix of sellers and disciplines and an alternative shopping experience.
Are you a maker, designer. artist, food & drinks producer? Are keen to be part of a community, find new ways to get your products in front of new customers and build your audience? We are keen to collaborate with makers from across the region and beyond. We hope that we can work together to offer a platform, support and opportunities to help your businesses to flourish & grow.
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