The Tucson Festival of Books welcomes entertainers to apply to become part of the 2024 Festival, which will take place on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10, on the University of Arizona campus. We are accepting applications from acts of all types. All performances must be suitable for audiences of all ages.
For 2024, the Festival will feature four entertainment venues --
1. The Main Entertainment Stage (16' x 20' x 2'), located in front of the University Administration Building.
2. The Food Court Stage (20' x 16' x 1'), located on the UA Mall adjacent to the Festival Food Court.
3. The Canyon, a 10' x 10' performance area located in the breezeway between the Student Union Building and the UA Main BookStore.
4. The Children's Stage (16' x 20' x 2'), located by the College of Education Building.
The Main Entertainment Stage and the Food Court Stage will accommodate music, dance, and other acts. Amplification is permitted, but the Festival reserves the right to reduce volume if an act is interfering with author appearances or other Festival activities. The Canyon is available for acoustic or minimally amplified vocal and instrumental performances. Acts on the Children's Stage must be suitable for children under 6.
In addition, to enhance the festive atmosphere of the event a limited number of Strolling Entertainers or Buskers may be invited to mingle with the public and perform on the Festival grounds over the course of the weekend. All types of family-friendly performers will be considered. Examples could include singer/songwriters/instrumentalists (original or public domain material), jugglers, clowns, close-up magicians, etc.
Entertainment applications will be accepted through 5 pm on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, after which the Entertainment Committee will review all applications and select performers to be invited to the Festival.
The decision of the committee is final. Each applicant will be notified of their status by November 30, 2023 (later for the Children's Stage). If you are invited to perform at the 2024 Festival, you will receive an Entertainment Agreement, which you must complete and return by the deadline in order to confirm your participation. The Entertainment Committee will maintain a waiting list in the event of cancellations or other unavailability of invited performers.
Entertainers are not compensated by the Festival; however, we will publish a schedule of entertainment on our website, in The Arizona Daily Star, and via mobile and social media applications related to the event. Performers are encouraged to promote their appearances through their own PR and social media sites.
During your scheduled performance, you may place a tip jar and distributed promotional material. Sales of CDs and other merchandise are subject to Arizona business licensing and sales tax/remittance regulations, which are the sole responsibility of the seller.
To apply for consideration as a performer, please complete this electronic form. As asterisk (*) indicates a required field. Please fill in as much information as possible to expedite the application process. Use the additional comments block if you have any special needs or requests regarding your performance.
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