How a Wisconsin Music Festival Is Making Indie Artists Feel ‘Famous for a Weekend’

Mile of Music, a community-supported free fest in Appleton, is becoming the blueprint for how to foster emerging talent

TOURING AS AN independent artist, with little to no financial support from a record label or sponsor, can be a dream-crushing experience. But the singers, songwriters, and bands that play Appleton, Wisconsin’s Mile of Music Festival each year find themselves reminded of exactly why they chase the muse.

“You go there and you’re famous for a weekend,” says Jamie Kent, an independent artist based in Nashville who’s played Mile of Music seven times. “This is a festival for the ‘road dogs,’ those up-and-coming musicians and bands who are trying real hard to break through to the next level. Mile of Music reaffirms that you’re not crazy — that all the blood, sweat, and sacrifice of being an artist are worth it.”

Read the rest of the article in Rolling Stone Magazine here: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/mile-of-music-festival-appleton-wisconsin-1234578452/