Call for Musicians & Bands

Call for Musicians & Bands

Deadline: January 3, 2019 / Late App until January 25, 2019

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

Applying is free until January 3. Due to the volume of applicants and processing requirements, a $10.00 processing fee will be applied to applications submitted January 4-25. Please review all information below before completing your application.

2019 Deadlines & Important Dates

  • Friday, January 25: Completed applications must be received by the Utah Arts Festival no later than 5:00 PM. Late applications will be accepted until January 25, 2019, with a $10 late fee.
  • Friday, March 15: Notification letters / Contracts sent to artists
  • Friday, April 5: Signed contracts due back to Festival no later than 5:00 pm
  • June 20-23: 2019 Utah Arts Festival

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

Thank you for your interest! The deadline has passed. Please consider applying next year.

The Show

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.

>> View a list of past performers.

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.


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.


Completed applications and supporting materials must be received by the Utah Arts Festival no later than 5:00 P.M. on January 25, 2019.


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.


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 .


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.