Call for Musicians & Bands to Apply for the 2019 Utah Arts Festival

Completed applications must be received by the Utah Arts Festival no later than 5PM on Friday, January 25, 2019.

Applying is free. Please review all information below before completing your application.

All music applications must be completed online. NO drop-off applications are accepted.

The 43rd annual Utah Arts Festival will be held Thursday, June 20, through Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. 

The Utah Arts Festival is the largest, outdoor, multi-disciplined event held in Utah. Having garnered numerous awards internationally, nationally and locally, the Festival remains one of the premiere events that kicks off the summer in Utah each June. 

More than 70,000 patrons enjoy four days of award-winning fine arts in the Artist Marketplace, live performances on five stages, street theater, fine arts exhibition, a film program, children's art and culinary arts.

Past Performers at the Utah Arts Festival
2018
Ron Pope
Gomez
A-Trak
People Under the Stairs
Guy Davis
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
Sounds of Motown
2017
Shooter Jennings & Waymore’s Outlaws
Saliva Sisters
Jazz Comission: SLC Jazz Orchestra featuring vocalist Andrea Miller and trumpeter Chuck Findley
Jarekus Singleton
Niki J Crawford
Samba Fogo
Dexter Allen
Mitch Barrett Trio
RJD2
Fruition
Bachauer Medalists in Concert
The Pedrito Martinez Group
2016
Utah Symphony
Beats Antique
Slow Magic
The Phoenix Jazz & Swing Band w/ Jack Wood
Young Dubliners
Clarice Assad & Off the Cliff
Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio
Incendio
Jet Black Pearl
Cimarron
Sierra Hull
Mingo Fishtrap
Steep Canyon Rangers 
2015
Micky & the Motorcars
Karén Hakobyan
Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers
Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns
Lena Prima
Jon Morrow
The Wild Coyotes
John Gorka
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Kruger Brothers & the Kontras Quartet
Rachel Lee Priday
Vaudeville Etiquette
The Lloyd Jones Struggle
Aurelio
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
Sound Mass
2014
Ana Popovic
Angelique Kidjo
Australia's Strange Fruit
Blair Crimmins & The Hookers
Cee Cee James
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Harper & Midwest Kind
Josiel Perez's AC Jazz Project
John McCutcheon
MarchFourth Marching Band
Mountain Heart
Vince & Mindi
2013
Jason Isbell
Portland Cello Project
African Showboyz
The Iguanas
Royal Bliss
Y La Bamba
Kenny Neal
Shovelman
Dennis Chambers & Grafiti
The SteelDrivers
The Sensations Soul Band
Ryan Innes
2012Neko Case
James McMurtry
Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue
Third World
Stooges Brass Band Parades
Curtis Salgado
Joe Jordan's Experiment
Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash
Oz Noy
TIZER featuring Karen Briggs
Sonny Bonoho
Chicago Afrobeat Project
The Pimps of Joytime
Blue Highway
2011
Ray LaMontagne
Brandi Carlile
Young Dubliners
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Kinetix
Maraca
Incendio
Del McCoury Band
Blame Sally
Big Sam's Funky Nation
2010
Cake
Cowboy Junkies
Michelle Shocked
Head for the Hills
Cadillac Sky
Cafe R&B
RonKat Freekbase Connect
Fareed Haque and the Flat Earth Ensemble
2009
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
Deborah Coleman
Fabulous Flinderns w/ Matt Flinner
The Infamous Stringdusters
Lenny Pickett with the Crescent Super Band
That 1 Guy
Ruthie Foster 
Vieux Farka Touré
Traveler
2008
Chicago Afrobeat Project
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Ani DeFranco
Javier Garcia
Indigenous
Janiva Magness
MASS Ensemble
Moreland & Arbuckle
Eric McFadden Trio with Bernie Worrell
Passafire
Chuck Prophet
Three Squared
2007
Angelique Kidjo
Kan’Nal
Kimberly Dark
Phillips, Grier & Flinner w/special Guest Herb Pedersen
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Remedy Motel
Tommy Castro
2006
Kelley Hunt
Mike Miller Band
Remedy Motel
Ten Mile Tide
Sandra Tsing Loh & the Starlight Orchestra
2005
G Love & Special Sauce
Project Bandaloop
Charlie Musselwhite
Bonepony
Madeleine Peyroux
International Street Theatre Project
Yorga
2004
Brave Combo
Kaki King
Bettye LaVette
James McMurtry
The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players
Young Dubliners
Young & Rollins
International Street Theatre Project
Architects of Air
Bedlam Oz
The Checkerboard Guy
Lurk
Princesse Peluches
2003
James Cotton
Eric Ross
Orchestra Baobab
Donald “The Junkman” Knaak
International Street Theater Project
Green Fools Theatre Society
Professor Humbug’s Flea Circus
Strange Fruit
Teatro Pachuco
2002
The Robert Cray Band
Perla Batalla
The Guarneri Underground
Bakra Bata
Prosthetic
2001
The Dynatones
Brave Combo
Deborah Coleman
Perla Batalla
Laura Love
International Street Theatre Project
Die Audio Gruppe
Cirque de Flambe
Green Fools Theatre Society
Stickleback Plasticus
Michale Wolski
Kurt Wenner, Master Street Painter
2000
Shemekia Copeland
Susana Baca
Lavay Smith & Her Red-Hot Skillet Lickers
International Street Theatre Project
Green Ginger
Best of the Beaux Art Ball 
L’Ensemble Karel
Compagnie Albedo
Robert Gilbert
Pink, Inc.
The Primitives
The Cashore Marionettes
1999
The Duke Robillard Band
Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie
Fruit
International Street Theatre Project: Big Nazo
Patti Smithsonian
Natalie Paruz
Faceination
Whalley Range All Stars
Theater Schrekel
Gregangelo
La Compangnie Des Quidams
1998
The Staple Singers
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Laura Love Band
Brand Mehldau
Perla Batalla
F’Loom
International Street Theatre Project
Bedlam Oz
The Sneakers
Bernard Massuir
Hokum Jeebs
Faceination
Bonami Drum & Dance
The Pedestrian Project
1997
Blind Boys of Alabama
Luther Allison
Michelle Shocked
Paul Dresher Ensemble
Modern Mandolin Quartet
Kurt Wenner, Master Street Painter
1996
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Laurie Anderson
Pamela Z
Street Sounds
Ben Harper
Pele Julu
Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga
1995
Taj Mahal
Robben Ford & the Blue Line
Toby Twining Music
Amy Knoles
New Dance Order
1994
David Sanborn & Group
Turtle Island String Quartet
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Tom Guralnick
Youssou N’Dour
Doug Varone & Dancers
1993
Tish Hinajosa
Ranch Romance
Zvi Gotheiner Dance Company
The Mighty Clouds of Joy
VINX 
1992
Mary Chapin-Carpenter
Charles Brown
Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens
DanceBrazil
1991
Laurie Anderson
Laurie Lewis & Grant Street
American Tap Dance Orchestra w/ Brenda Buffalino
Hermeto Pascoal & Group
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones 
1990
The Anthony Davis Group
Art Lande
Lewitzky Dance Company
Katie Webster, the “Swamp Boogie Queen”
1989Morton Subotnick & Joan LaBarbara
Brave Combo
Elaine Elias
Les Guirivoires
1988Russ Freeman & the Rippingtons
Fattburger
Elisa Monte Dance Company
Daniel Lentz & Group
1987Hunter Davis
Nanci Griffith
The Roches
Michael Brecker
James Scott
1986The Yellowjackets
Ganelin Trio
The Nylons
Kronos Quartet
Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band
Lo Jai
Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater
Bruce Odland
Red Knuckles & Hot Rize
Junior Homrich
Skyline Drifters
Scott Johnson
1985Tania Marie
Diedre McCalla
Philip Glass
Metamora
1984MOMIX
The Bobs

SELECTION PROCESS
Artists will be selected by a peer jury comprised of musicians, music critics, and other professionals in the performing arts. Artists serving as jury members, and the groups with whom they perform, are invited prior to the jury to perform at the 2019 Utah Arts Festival.
Jury selections will be based upon materials submitted with the application and on past performances both in Utah and at the Utah Arts Festival. The jury will look for professionalism, originality, creativity, and suitability of materials for the Utah Arts Festival.
APPLICATION
Live performance is a very important aspect of our evaluation process, which is why we provide you with the opportunity to present that to us either with audio or video clips. Please provide relevant Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, or website links to help us make the best evaluation of your performance.
DEADLINE
Completed applications and supporting materials must be received by the Utah Arts Festival no later than 5:00 P.M. on January 25, 2019.
CONTRACTS
Accepted performing artists are required to sign a contract with the Utah Arts Festival Foundation, Inc., specifying, among other things, payments, requirements and liability. Accepted performers grant the Festival permission to use submitted materials for archival, publicity, and web site purposes before, during and after the Festival.
PAYMENTS
Payment to musicians is based on American Federation of Musicians Local 104 two hour casual scale. The Festival does not pay transportation or housing for local or regional artists. No onsite payments will be made. All checks will be mailed by July 31, 2019.
Information packets detailing all production and setup information will be sent to accepted artists with their contract. Questions regarding the Utah Arts Festival may be directed to Festival offices, (801) 322-2428, by mail to 230 South 500 West, #120, Salt Lake City UT 84101, or emailed to amanda@uaf.org
LOCATION
The Utah Arts Festival will be in downtown Salt Lake City at the Library Square and Washington Square (the City & County Buildings). The Festival is a fenced, ticketed event with 24-hour security.
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