photo by Amanda Morgan
The Treefort Music Fest is a five-day, indie rock festival held at numerous venues throughout downtown Boise, Idaho. Since their first festival in 2012, Treefort has grown to be one of the most popular festivals in the Northwest. They are also one of the most diverse indie-rock festivals I've seen in the area.
"Treefort has always been focused on diversity and that is absolutely intentional. We strongly believe that diversity of people, gender, genre, thought, culture, and background is very important in communities and the music industry... Treefort is committed to amplifying and supporting emerging artists, and exemplifying that diversity and inclusion can and should be at the forefront when organizing music festivals." said Marissa Lovell, publicist for Treefort told me recently via email when discussing the diversity of the festival.
Treefort Diversity Stats
Of the 16 speakers at Music Talks 12 are women which is really rare to see. They only have two obvious BIPOC speakers so there is a lot of room for improvement in that area.
Of the 407 bands announced on the Treefort website, notable women and BIPOC acts include Japanese Breakfast, The Marías, Lake Street Dive, Dawn Richard, Christian Scott aTunde Adjust, Built to Spill, Larkin Poe, Mdou Moctar, J. Worra, Joshy Soul, Haley Heynderickx, Pell, Y La Bamba, and Wajatta. Please note there are definitely some assumptions being made about gender identification here but due to Treefort not collecting this data from artist we can't say with absolute certainty. I believe this data would be really helpful to track their diversity efforts and hope i