March 4 & 5, 2023!

Entertainer Application

The Tucson Festival of Books welcomes entertainers to apply to become part of the 2023 Tucson Festival of Books. The Festival will take place on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, 2023, 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.  The Tucson Festival of Books is attended by more than 100,000 people.  Entertainment acts in all venues must be suitable for audiences of all ages.

We are planning for a fully in-person Festival, with 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 (16’ x 16’ x 1’), located on the UA Mall in the Food Court.

3.    The Canyon, a 10’ x 10’ performance area located in the breezeway between the Student Union Building and the Main UA 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 Story Stage must be suitable for children under 12.

Entertainment applications will be accepted until 5pm on Friday, October 28, 2022, 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 group will be provided with confirmation of their status by November 30, 2022.  If you are invited to perform at the 2023 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 may maintain a waiting list in the event of cancellations or other unavailability of invited performers.

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. Performers are encouraged to promote their performance(s) through their own PR and social media sites. 

During your scheduled performance, you may place a tip jar and distribute promotional materials.  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. 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, 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 - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
Marshall Foundation

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