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Do you take talent submissions?

We do not currently have a submission process for booking talent, including music acts, comedians, speakers, etc.

Who do I contact if I want to perform at the festival?

If you’re an active musician or band, you’re invited to add your information to our database of artists here. This is how we keep track of new music projects, new albums, and so on. If you already submitted in the past and want to update your band’s information we have on file, you can resubmit the form with the new information.

Please note we are not able to take artist submissions or respond to every inquiry, but will be in touch if there is an opportunity available.

Who do I contact if I want to speak at the festival?

If you have a story or project you’d like to share on the Maha stage, or if you represent a speaker, you’re invited to add your information to our database here.

Please note we are not able to take speaker submissions or respond to every inquiry, but will be in touch if there is an opportunity available.

Do you accept applications for food, retail, or other kinds of vendors?

We do not have an application at this time. However, you can add your information to our database of interested partners here, and we will get in touch if a matching opportunity comes up.

Can I host a booth at the festival?

There is not a booth application process at this time. If you are interested in becoming a Maha sponsor, please get in touch.

How can I get a press or photo pass?

Members of the press can apply here.

I'm a member of the press and would like to set up an interview with someone at Maha.

Please get in touch at media@mahafestival.com.

I’d like to learn more about becoming a sponsor.

Great! Please share a few details with us here, and we’ll be in touch with additional information.

Are you hiring?

Please check our About page for any available employment opportunities.

I lost or found something at Maha Festival.

If you find something at the festival like a phone, wallet, jewelry, credit card, ID, etc., please take a minute to turn it in at Guest Services, located within the festival grounds at 67th and Mercy St.

If you lost something during the festival, head to Guest Services. After the festival, please contact lost@mahafestival.com with as much information about the lost item you can provide (e.g., color, size, other identifying info). We will do our best to respond within 24-48 hours if your item was turned into us.

I have a question not listed here. How do I get in touch?

The fastest way is to use this form or write to info@mahafestival.com. Questions sent via social media comments and DMs may take longer to get a response.

What are you doing to keep volunteers safe?

Safety is our top priority at Maha Festival. You can read about how we’re keeping volunteers and attendees safe right here.

How do I get all the latest volunteer info?

If you’ve volunteered in the past or plan to sign up in the future, join the Maha Festival Volunteers Facebook Group to stay up to date on all opportunities. If you’ve volunteered in the past and want to change the email address we have on file, please get in touch at volunteer@mahafestival.com. If you don’t currently receive emails from Maha, sign up now at the bottom of this page!

Why should I volunteer at Maha Festival?

Because we need you! In 2019 we were 900 strong, but we’re always looking for more to join the fam. Are you down to make an impact, and learn something new along the way? This opportunity has your name written on it. Not to mention you also get a free ticket to the event.

What are the volunteer perks?

Glad you asked. When you help out during a shift that ranges from 2-6 hours depending on day and time, you earn free admittance to Maha Festival. You also get a limited-run volunteer T-shirt, early access to next year’s volunteer registration, and legit bragging rights. 

When does volunteer registration open?

May 22 at 10 a.m. CT. Last year’s volunteers get first dibs on volunteer shifts early, starting May 15 at 10 a.m. If you were a 2019 volunteer (or one of the many already signed up for 2020 before cancellation), check your inbox including your spam folder for the link.

What if I want to get more involved with Maha?

If you want to go above and beyond to make Maha amazing, send a message to volunteer@mahafestival.com with what you have in mind.

I need to change my volunteer shift. What do I do?

Changing your shift can be done on VolunteerLocal, our user-friendly volunteer scheduling platform until July 30 at 10 a.m. CT when the shifts will be locked in. You will receive a link to your profile upon registration. 

I can’t make my volunteer shift and need to cancel. What do I do?

If you need to cancel before July 30 at 10 a.m. CT, you can do it easily online at VolunteerLocal. If you need to cancel after the deadline, let us know at volunteer@mahafestival.com as soon as possible! We understand that emergencies happen and are willing to work with you to get the shift covered. The worst thing you can do is not show up, because it can inconvenience other volunteers!

What happens if I just don’t go to my shift?

Please don’t do this! You will be omitted from all future Maha Festival volunteer opportunities if you “no call/no show”. If you have a problem getting to your shift, email volunteer@mahafestival.com.

When should I wear my T-shirt?

Volunteer T-shirts must be worn during your shift. Please do not wear your volunteer T-shirt at Maha Festival outside of your volunteer shift. Be sure to bring something to change into for when your shift is over.

Where do I change into/out of my volunteer T-shirt?

You can change into/out of your shirt at Volunteer Headquarters, a few steps away from the festival.

What information can I change online prior to the event?

You can edit your profile, shift, shirt size, and more on VolunteerLocal until July 30 at 10 a.m. CT.

Can I drink alcohol during my shift?

No. To help deliver the most positive festival experience possible, we do not allow alcohol to be consumed during volunteer shifts.

Can I eat or take a break during my shift?

We ask that you come to your shift ready to go, and do what you need to take care of yourself during your shift. If you need a break, please maintain clear communication with your fellow volunteers so your role can be covered as necessary.

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

Generally, we seek volunteers who are 16 or older based on the task assignments available. Some jobs require ages 19+ or 21+; check the description for each. If you’re under 16 and want to volunteer, please send a note with the shift you want to volunteer@mahafestival.com.

I want to volunteer for more than one shift!

Right on! Please email volunteer@mahafestival.com and we’ll collaborate on the shifts you’re seeking. The registration process will not allow you to do this on your own.

It’s time for my shift. Where do I go?

Each volunteer needs to check in at Volunteer Headquarters at Hilton Garden Inn Aksarben Village within a 10 minute window of their shift start time.

What do I do at the end of my shift?

Please check out with your shift lead before you leave your post so we can confirm shift completion and ensure you stay in good standing for future years.

My shift relief is late. Am I allowed to leave at the end of my shift?

Yes, please contact your shift lead to inform us and we’ll keep you on schedule.

It’s raining. Do I still need to show up?

Yes, the show must go on! We’ll communicate ahead of time with any severe weather information. Please check your email or the Maha Festival Volunteers Facebook Group for any last minute announcements.

I bought a Maha pass, but now I’d rather volunteer. Is that possible?

That’s great that you’d like to volunteer, but we are unable to provide a refund. Maybe you can treat a friend to the extra pass!

I want to upgrade my earned general admission pass to a VIP pass. Can I do that?

Sorry, we cannot accommodate VIP upgrades on earned passes.

I have a different question about volunteering not addressed here. What do I do?

Get in touch at volunteer@mahafestival.com.