March 12-13 2022, 9:30-5:30, on the beautiful University of Arizona campus!

Entertainer Application

The Tucson Festival of Books welcomes entertainers to apply to become part of the 2022 Tucson Festival of Books. The Festival will take place on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 2022, on the University of Arizona campus. We are accepting applications from acts of all types that are interested in performing on one of our outdoor entertainment stages. We are planning for a fully in-person Festival, however, the number of available Entertainment stages will be reduced including the Main Stage where our largest acts have appeared. The stage in the Main Food Court (16x16x2) and the 10'x10' area in the Canyon will be available. The stage located in the Children/Teen area has unknown availability at this time. We do not anticipate a stage in the Science City area of the Festival.

Entertainment applications will be accepted through 5pm, January 14, 2022 unless all stages fill before this date.

Entertainers who perform 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. During the scheduled performance, a group is welcome to provide promotional materials and sell CD's or other items related to the performance (all business licensing and tax collection / remittance are the responsibility of the seller). Performers are encouraged to promote their performance(s) through their own PR and social media sites.

There are changes to the availability of entertainment stages for 2022. The 10x10 space in the "Canyon" is available for acoustic or non-amplified voices performances. The main food court stage, 16x16x2, is available for a variety of medium-volume, family friendly acts. The Entertainment Committee will review all applications and determine the day, time and location of performances during the Festival. The decision of the committee is final. Each group will be provided with confirmation of their status in late January, 2022. If selected, An Entertainment Agreement will be issued to groups being invited to perform. The Entertainment Agreement must be completed and returned by the deadline in order to confirm your participation in the Tucson Festival of Books.

To apply for consideration as a performer, please complete this electronic form. An 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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Your information

Please include area code with your phone number. Your personal information is kept confidential.

Group information

This only needs to be an estimate of the number of people in the group.

Specify whether or not you participated last year as an entertainer.

Describe equipment, instruments, props that will be used for the performance, including quantity.

Performances are limited to 50 minutes.

The cell phone number to call the day of the Festival performance.

A link to a single YouTube video, not a channel. You must own the rights to the video. If your group doesn't publish to YouTube, then leave the field blank.

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram URLs refer to social media and must be a full URL with the https:// prefix. If you are not sure, please leave the field blank.

Performance preference

The Festival will attempt to accommodate the day, time, and area preferences you select but there are no guarantees.

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Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Appliance and Home
Arizona Party Rental Companies
Marshall Foundation

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