Musicians & Performing Artists

Read below for more information on our various venues & programming capacities, and then submit to be considered to be a part of it all.

Due to the high number of applications we receive, we do not contact artists whose submissions are not currently chosen to perform. It’s not that we don’t like you, it’s just there’s no way to get back to everyone. Also, please note that submitted materials will not be returned.

All submissions will be presented to ArtsQuest’s Performing Arts Department as well as our Music Arts Committee and evaluated based on type of programming, quality, content, diversity and potential appeal to our audiences. Based on the committee recommendations, someone from the Performing Arts Department will be in touch with artists and groups we are interested to engage in one of our opportunities.

So yeah, that’s the basics. Here comes the fun stuff…

Performing Artist Submission Forms

If you’re ready to submit to be considered for one of the opportunities below, then please take a moment and fill out our handy-dandy form thingy.

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Festival Opportunities


Musikfest presents over 400 different artists from nearly every conceivable genre be it country or Cajun, Bach or blues, rock or folk, kid’s band or family buskers. Musikfest 2018 runs August 3-12.

Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2018

Submit before November 1 and save $5.

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Comedy Shows

Fill out the following form in order to submit an idea for a half hour comedy show (sketch, improv, etc.) that you would like to produce in conjunction with ArtsQuest.

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ARTIST/Craftsperson Application

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Christkindlmarkt 2018 Application Deadline: Jury 1: April 20, 2018

Musikfest 2018 Application Deadline: April 20, 2018

Oktoberfest 2018 Application Deadline: June 30, 2018

The Blast Furnace Blues Festival

The Blast Furnace Blues Festival presents more than 30 of the nation’s finest blues performers at venues throughout the SteelStacks campus.


RiverJazz hosts a handful of local and regional jazz groups for free-to-the-public evening concerts on the Town Square, while several national jazz headliners perform ticketed performances in the Musikfest Café.

¡Sabor! Latin Festival

¡Sabor! Latin Festival features numerous local, regional, and national Latin ensembles performing throughout venues on the SteelStacks campus.


Oktoberfest presents more than 50 local, regional, and national polka and party bands that embrace the spirit of Oktoberfest!


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Performance Venues

The Musikfest Café

The Musikfest Café is a cabaret/club style performing arts venue, with highly flexible configurations available to entertain. The venue can be set for 450 cabaret seats (tables & chairs); 680 theater style (just chairs); and 1,000 GA style (Standing Room Only – no tables or chairs). The venue is open a few nights a week with nationally touring headliners from both near & far.

The ArtsQuest Center’s Creativity Commons & Town Square

The dual stages of the Creativity Commons (inside) and Air Products Town Square at SteelStacks™ (outside) are programmed on a daily basis with local and regional entertainers. These free-to-the-public shows are presented on the stage which features the best weather on a case-by-case/day-by-day basis! Full bands and solo/acoustic musicians are encouraged to submit to be considered to perform on one of these two stages.

The Air Products Town Square at SteelStacks™/Creativity Commons stages are ideal for professional local and regional musicians to play in front of their audiences and a great way to connect with the campus’ many visitors on a hopping weekend night.

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

Free music for all people is at the core of the Levitt Pavilion’s mission. The outdoor amphitheater with lawn seating for 2,500 presents 50 free-to-the-public concerts over the course of a Memorial Day to Labor Day season each summer. The performances connect nationally and regionally touring artists to diverse audiences.  
Other Performing Opportunities
Have a comedy troupe? Dance in a local dance organization? Sing in a local barbershop quartet? Perform stand-up comedy? A magician? Play in a band that wants to perform in one of our cinemas while showing a movie behind your group? We have opportunities for a very diverse definition of ‘performing artists,’ so please send us a submission so that we may consider if & where you might best fit into our programming.