Media Credential Requests

Thank you for a fantastic 2016! We will begin announcing our 2017 Festival dates in August

Media Credential Requests

Read over the following Media Credentials policies and criteria before completing the Media Credential Request Form below. Credentials for the 2017 Memphis in May International Festival will be granted to reporters and photographers who are ON ASSIGNMENT and covering Memphis in May events for legitimate publications, websites/blogs and/or radio and television stations. Please note we do not provide credentials to broadcast on-air personalities unless there is a prior arranged broadcast scheduled on-site at the event.

Approval of Media Credentials is at the sole discretion of Memphis in May. Failure to follow the request procedures may result in denial of your request. Please address additional questions via email to

Credential Requests

Please read the following criteria prior to submitting the Media Credential Request Form:

  • Credential requests must be submitted in advance.
  • Deadline for requests is one week prior to the start of the event.
  • Credential requests will not be granted on-site at the event.

Media Credential Pick-up

Confirmation of your approved press credentials will be sent via email, along with further instructions for attaining your credential by February 1, 2017, or within one week of application between 2/1/2017 and 5/1/2017. Media check-in will depend on the event, and will be included in the instructions you receive.

Credentials will be approved based on the following criteria:

  • You are a reporter or photographer assigned by a legitimate media outlet to cover the festival. Credentials will be issued to those on assignment only. Family members or guests will not be considered for credentials.
  • You have obtained, on company letterhead, a letter from your editor or director, noting:
    • your assigned duties
    • the dates you will be covering
    • your position and title
    • the name and title of the person making the request (i.e. your editor or director)
  • Credentials will not be granted without name, contact information and job title.
  • Only websites that are a product of a national network, national publication and/or blog need to apply.

Artist Interviews

Memphis in May International Festival does not assist in arranging interviews with performers at the Beale Street Music Festival. Reporters bear the sole responsibility of arranging interviews through artist publicists. As a convenience, Memphis in May will provide, upon request, a list of artists' publicists to qualified media outlets. If permission is granted, the reporter must confirm all arrangements with the publicist including notification of approval to the artist's tour or road manager who will provide the reporter access to the interview at the Festival. Approved interviews will require artists' management to supply passes and credentials to the approved reporter. Those approved passes will be distributed at 'ARTIST WILL-CALL' located at the Beale/Riverside entrance of the Festival. Memphis in May International Festival assumes no responsibility for artist's guest lists and its omissions. Memphis in May International Festival DOES NOT provide backstage access for artist interviews.

Photo Passes

All photographers and videographers must sign a photo release form upon arrival at festival grounds. The standard photo policy during the Beale Street Music Festival is that the first three songs by a performer can be shot from the stage pit by approved photographers. This policy is subject to change and advance approval is required by each individual artist.

Our press team will notify photographers at the festival of any further restrictions or modifications, and a photography release form must be signed by photographers before credential is issued. Photographers who are granted a media credential and photo pass must agree to abide by all festival policies. Only one photo pass will be allowed per day per media outlet. 

Job Title:*
Station, Publication or Blog Name:*
Business Address:*
State - TWO letter code only, please*
Phone (mobile or event-day phone preferred, if possible)*
Are you?*
Using numbers ONLY. Please give average numbers of visitors/sessions PER MONTH. Number only - No additional text please
I am requesting a:*
Memphis In May event for which you are requesting credentials (Beale Street Music Festival - BSMF, World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest - WCBCC; Great American River Run - GARR):*

Please upload the request from your editor or director on company letterhead - if you have questions, please email*
By checking this box, you confirm that all information provided in this form is true and authorized by you.
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