Contributors Portal

Are you a photographer, writer, influencer, artist, music lover or human-of-another-incredible-skill-set and interested in contributing to dRiFFt Magazine? Awesome. We’d love to have you join the team. Read on!

This page is for our contributors and people who are interested in learning about contributing to dRiFFt Magazine. Here you will find FAQs, submission guidelines, our team Calendar, signup forms for upcoming shows, festivals and events – a one-stop story pitch form, and (coming soon!) links to resources, freebies, deals, our new FB network and tickets just for Team dRiFFt contributors.

If you have a question that is not answered here, please email us!

I want to join Team dRiFFt. What do I need to do?

  1. Read our FAQ and About pages to get familiar with what dRiFFt is and how it works
  2. Apply to Contribute through the link below
  3. Start brainstorming, dreaming and scheming – work on a list of your dream shows, festivals, events, anything you’d like to cover.
  4. We’ll reply to your Application as quickly as we can, and then start working toward your first assignment.
  5. Your first assignment will be a Trial submission and will be a smaller show or story to begin with (Why? Read more here).
  6. If you have a story idea or pitch, feel free to submit it using our handy web form below. Keep in mind we need a formal Application before we can approve a pitch.
Find all of the answers to your questions about contributing to dRiFFt Magazine here. This area is password-protected. Approved shows, festivals and sign-ups for shows/festivals not yet assigned. Learn about dRiFFtMagazine and how we operate.

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Show/ Coverage Pitch

A note from our Founder:

I created dRiFFt Magazine as a solution. Too many talented photographers, writers, influencers and artists face the impossible task of gaining a toe-hold in a saturated industry. We all know the struggle of trying to get our cameras into that venue, trying to get approved for that dream music festival, finding a reputable outlet to publish our ramblings, build our own festival or event, or find a friendly ear to listen to our latest masterpiece. Often the people missing out on the biggest opportunities are the most talented, hardworking and industrious.

But that wasn’t the biggest issue. Once I got started, I found out it was really tough to navigate this brand new world. How do I find the resources I needed to keep learning? Protect my assets? Know what kind of licensing and copyright agreements to use? Who could mentor me through gear updates and choices on equipment, editing software, portfolio hosting pages? What of these crazy photo release forms I was being asked to sign? What did those mean? What should I charge for a photo shoot when bands (inevitably) started asking? How should I go about finding artists to tour with? I went to school for photojournalism but it was still a huge leap to apply that to the real world. It would have been great to have a group of like-minded people who had faced the same questions.

I had started my own little music blog a handful of years ago, and proceeded to struggle through a very steep learning curve. Sometimes it seemed impossible to build my own portfolio and find beneficial publishing opportunities while also networking to create revenue from my skill set. I knew the key was to publish on a reputable platform with the industry heft to get Press approvals. But how did I find one of those?

So I built this little magazine platform and started inviting talented, like-minded people to help fill it with the content that interests them – some photography, some blogs, some stories from the road. All of it centered around concerts, festivals and the adventure travel that got us there. Building it alone was daunting. I still needed to find a way to pay my rent and put food on the table. I realized the key to creating a really unique platform was to invite other talented creatives who were dealing with the same struggle. Share the platform and make it a community. Strength in numbers, that kind of thing. We’d be better off working together, right? 

The magazine started coming together; and then it started doing well. Really well. I found myself in the pit at some of America’s largest festivals and almost wondered how I’d gotten there. But then people started accusing me of ulterior motives; some out of jealousy and others (probably) out of misunderstanding. They saw me and assumed we had big investors, big paychecks, motives of self-promotion. That really bothered me. But I realized the solution was transparency. I needed to be 1,000% honest about who we were, how we operate and what it took to get there. And take other creatives along on the journey to see that it was nothing but commitment, passion, hard work and a cooperative platform that worked for all of us. I take no paycheck for any of my work on this platform and I don’t plan on changing that. My currency is the content and the experiences, adventures, stories and contributions I’ve been able to make.

And in that regard, this magazine has been a smashing success. We’ve been to places all over the US, Canada and even to the Caribbean. We have spent our spare time learning, stepping outside of our comfort zones, and building really cool stories based on our experiences. In 2019 we had thirteen incredible contributors. Collectively, we went on some unbelievable adventures, saw new parts of the world, networked, grew and learned. We found our own niches, built our own brands and made some amazing friends along the way. I am so blessed to have been a part of this team of talent. And I am absolutely not slowing down anytime soon.

At the end of the day, we’re not a huge magazine and we don’t have a huge advertising budget. But we are talented, resolute and adaptable. And we love what we are doing. In standing alone as an independent collaborative digital platform, our strength comes from the fact that we all own what we’ve collectively contributed to, and we all benefit from this amazing little platform we’ve created. In working together, we’ve created something bigger than what we could accomplish alone. 

And that’s the value of dRiFFt: in collaborating, we have collectively curated something that serves us in developing our own unique brands. My hope is to build something that becomes a household name not because of money or investors, but because of the hard work, passion and talent we’ve put in. We have big plans and partnerships coming up in the new year; all are intended to benefit our contributors first and then the music industry.

I hope you will join us. 2020 is going to be a lot of fun.

                                                                                      – Kail

Let’s build something together.

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