Starting in 2017, all invitations to Miles of Music Island Camp will be determined by lottery. (House Camp admittance will be first-come, first-serve as in the past).
Whether you're a new camper or a long-time alum, you must apply by filling out the registration form before February 22nd. We've created this FAQ to help you understand the new system. Thanks for your support as we continue to experiment with ways to expand the circle of people who get to experience Miles of Music Camp.
MILES OF MUSIC ISLAND CAMP LOTTERY - FAQ
What’s the deal with this lottery?
Those of you who attended Miles of Music Camp in 2011 know that we started with about 30 campers and some groovy plant surveyors in surrounding cabins. In the six years since, we’ve grown to sell out our little island getaway. Recently, we’ve sold out so quickly that many would-be new campers didn't have a fighting chance at getting in with our first-come, first-serve registration policy. Because we want to ensure that new faces arrive on the dock each year, we’ve decided to try a lottery system for our 2017 island camp registrations.
But I come to Miles of Music EVERY year. Do I REALLY have to apply?
EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO ATTEND ISLAND CAMP MUST NOW APPLY FOR CAMP THROUGH THE LOTTERY!
Is there a deposit required for lottery application?
All lottery applications will require a $100 fully refundable deposit. (If your name doesn't come up in the first round of lottery admittances and you would like to remain on the waiting list, we will keep your deposit until May 1, when we will refund all deposits to people still on the waitlist. If you are sure you do not want to attend camp please send us an email and we will remove you from the waiting list and refund your deposit before May 1.)
How are attendees selected?
Camper names will be randomly selected from two pools of “returning campers” and “new campers” to ensure a balance of both.
I’m applying for a WORK/TRADE DISCOUNT. Do I still have to apply for the lottery?
YES! As you go through the general application, there will be an opportunity to indicate that you're interested in a work/trade discount as well as which jobs you'd be interested in doing. You will receive notice of the results and be given the choice of accepting your Work/Trade job or attending camp at full-price.
I am not sure if I can attend camp yet, should I still apply for the lottery by February 22?
YES. If you are interested in attending Miles of Music 2017 you should apply now even if you aren’t sure you can attend. We will email you if you have been accepted through the lottery in early March. You will then have two weeks to pay in full to hold your spot, or you may decline by April 1 with a full refund on your deposit and any additional tuition paid. Cancellations after April 1 will be refunded in part based on our published cancellation refund schedule.
What happens if I don’t get selected in the lottery?
In early March, all lottery applicants will receive an email notifying them of either a) their acceptance into camp or b) their number on the waiting list. As other campers either decline our offer of admittance or cancel closer to the time of camp, we'll open those spots to waitlisted applicants according to their number on the waiting list.
If I’m not accepted when do I get my deposit back?
If you would like to remain on the waiting list we will keep your deposit until May 1, when we will refund all deposits to people still on the waitlist. If you are sure you do not want to attend camp please send us an email and we will remove you from the waiting list and refund your deposit before May 1.
I only want to attend camp if I can go with my friend/family/teacher. How do I make sure we all get accepted together?
Our new application makes it very simple for groups to apply together under one primary applicant. If you are part of a group you must apply all together on a single application to ensure attending together.
I am applying for a merit scholarship. Do I still have to apply for the lottery?
Not YET. Merit scholars will go through a separate application process through our anonymous scholarship committee. Find that application here. We will notify scholarship applicants before February 22nd. If you are not selected by the Committee, you will have a few days to apply for work/trade or a full-pay spot at camp if you choose to do so.