Music is an essential part of the fabric and energy of True/False—such an important part of the festival experience, in fact, that some have called T/F a music fest disguised as a film fest. Musicians play sets before film screenings, dazzle attendees’ ears at devoted music showcases, and entertain at parties and events. Some musicians can also be found marching in our annual parade and busking all around the Fest footprint across downtown Columbia, Mo!

The True/False music team is now looking for artists from all genres to help us create a truly unique festival experience in 2022. Because most musical acts invited to T/F will perform one or more sets in our film venues, some of which are intimate spaces with limited staging areas, we particularly encourage solo acts, duos, and small bands to submit. We are also especially interested in acts that enjoy reaching new audiences in non-traditional spaces, and acts that have experience delivering acoustic or otherwise stripped-down versions of their usual sets.

While True/False invites artists from all over the globe to take part in our festival, we particularly encourage musicians from Missouri and the surrounding areas to submit their work for consideration.


The call for True/False musicians is now closed and will open again in late 2022. In the meantime, see our most recent lineup.

Questions? Contact: [email protected]