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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Opportunities for Local Artists and Performers

Application Guidelines

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is seeking local talent–artists, bands, performers—from the Portland Metro area (Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark Counties) for paid performances in 2019. PP&R’s Summer Free For All (SFFA) and Urban Plazas (Director Park, Gateway Discovery Park, and Holladay Park) produce over 200 free community events each year. These events elevate local arts and culture, build community, activate public spaces, and celebrate Portland!

Performances should be high-quality, reflect the diversity of our community, and appropriate for audiences of all ages. We are specifically looking for:

  • Multi-cultural performances that appeal to diverse audiences
  • Family-friendly content (including lyrics), though not necessarily kid-focused
  • Performances that encourage audience interaction and crowd participation
  • Professionalism

Our programming is community-driven and community-focused, with the goal of building community through free, inclusive, family-friendly activities that celebrate Portland’s diverse cultures and local artists. All artists are selected based on interest and input directly from our community partners. Occasionally, we will present artists who have not applied, but have been specifically requested by the community.

We strive to be equitable and book as many talented performers as possible each year. Because programming is community-driven, and we receive more artist applications than performance opportunities, selection to perform one year does not guarantee placement the following year.

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Submission Process and Timeline

  1. Learn about our programs and all performance opportunities.
  2. Complete the 2019 Artist and Performer Application – let us know which performance opportunities you’d like to be considered for.
  3. Applications are accepted year-round, but priority for the 2019 summer season is given to applications received by February 15, 2019.
  4. PP&R staff book the bulk of performances between February 15, and April 15, every year.
  5. Artists and performers may email concerts@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-5059 with questions about this application process.

Applicants who are not selected to perform will not be notified. The 2019 summer event season runs approximately May through September. First consideration for 2019 programming is given to applications received by February 15, 2019. All applications will be kept on file for one year for consideration for special events, community celebrations, park grand openings, and other PP&R programs throughout the year.

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Application

Please include contact information, artist/group details, scheduling, media links, publicity photos, etc.

Application Guidelines

Click here for a printable version of this information.

Submission Process and Timeline

Applications are accepted year-round, but priority for the 2019 summer season is given to applications received by February 15, 2019.

Events and Performance Opportunities

These are paid performances with set artist fees for each series, program, and event.

Read about Summer Free For All

Empowering Portlanders to create and cultivate community by providing free, accessible, family-friendly summer activities that celebrate our city’s growing cultural diversity.

Read about Director Park

Located in the heart of downtown Portland at 877 SW Park Avenue.

Read about Gateway Discovery Park

A new 3.2 acre neighborhood park located on the corner of NE 106th Avenue and Halsey Street.

Read about Holladay Park

Located in the heart of the Lloyd district at NE 11th Avenue and Holladay Street.