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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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Events and Performance Opportunities

Events and Performance Opportunities

We are seeking performers for the events and programs below. These are paid performances with set artist fees for each series, program, and event. Performers may sell their CDs, but may not accept tips.

Summer Free For All Urban Parks Special Events

Summer Free For All

Summer Free For All is a citywide program that provides free movies, free concerts, free kids lunches and free kids activities in the summertime. Its mission is to build community and celebrate Portland’s growing diversity. Summer Free For All’s events are designed in collaboration with community partners who pick the park, suggest the movie title, and help pick the music genre or band. Groups that perform with Summer Free For All play in all types of settings including parks, plazas, parking lots, amphitheaters, and greenspaces.

Concerts
A musical tradition for over 110 years, concerts in the park offer something for everyone. The Rose City’s best and brightest – from classical to country, salsa to hip hop - have been entrancing audiences in parks since 1901. Today’s crowds flock to Portland parks citywide Monday through Friday, and audiences range from 250 to 1500 people. Concerts consist of 2 sets, roughly 45 minutes each. All performances begin at 6:30pm and end at 8:30pm (including encore). All shows are free, outdoors, and open to the public. Available support and equipment include:

  • Event producer
  • 16’x20’ elevated stage (30” minimum height)
  • Sound engineer (Front of House plus 2 sound crew)
  • Mics, stands, monitors, direct input boxes, chairs, etc., based on your stage plot.
  • Sound equipment includes soundboard, equalizer, effects units, speaker processing amplifiers,
  • main speakers, and delays as required by audience size.
  • Performers are required to provide their own instruments. Acoustic pianos, drums kits, and instrument
  • amps are not provided.
  • Performance Fee: $1100

Pre-Movie Entertainment
Summer Free For All presents 12 weeks of free, outdoor movies in parks across the city. Events take place Wednesday through Sunday, and audiences range from 250-3500 people. Pre-movie entertainment performances consist of 2 sets, roughly 45 minutes each. All performances begin at
6:30pm, and end before the start of the movie at dusk (which varies throughout the summer). All shows are free, outdoors and open to the public. Available support and equipment include:

  • Event Producer
  • Technician to assist with set up and line checks
  • 12’x16’x24” stage
  • 4-8 speaker PA system (mains) and main soundboard
  • 2 monitors
  • Small soundboard for mixing from stage
  • Performers are required to provide all other equipment needed to perform (musical instruments, mics,
  • mic stands, cables, etc.). Summer Free For All does not provide a sound engineer or live mixing.
  • Performance Fee: $500

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Urban Parks

Director Park, Gateway Discovery Park and Holladay Park have staff on-site and run programs, events, classes and rentals to positively activate space and build community together. 

Director Park
Located in Downtown Portland, Director Park is an outdoor ½ acre public plaza with a focus on arts and culture. Available support and features include:

  • Performances on the granite brick plaza, typically under the glass canopy in the Lower Terrace or in the fountain area with the water turned off. A stage is not provided.
  • On-site staff to meet and greet you and familiarize you with the space.

Gateway Discovery Park
Located at NE 106th and NE Halsey Street, Gateway Discovery Park is our newest park and will be opening in 2018 with a focus on multicultural performances and events with an emphasis on East Portland artists and performers. Equipment needs are still being determined.

  • Stage: TBD 
  • Performances are located outdoors either on the granite concrete plaza and/or on the lawn.   
  • On-site staff to meet and greet you and familiarize you with the space

Holladay Park
Located in inner NE Portland in the Lloyd District, Holladay Park provides daily programming and events during the summer from June 1 to Labor Day (first Monday in September) and during Portland Public School’s Spring Break for nine days. The program is funded by the Holladay Park Partnership. Available support and equipment include:

  • Stage: A 20 x 30 low-profile wood stage is on-site for summer programming only.
  • On-site staff to meet and greet you and familiarize you with the space.

Family Friendly DJ Performances
Background music and vibes for the park! DJs perform afternoons, evenings, weekends, during special events, and at daily drop-in activities in the parks. Audiences are multi-cultural and range from people walking by, kids playing in the fountains, adults and seniors, and teens practicing their dance moves. All music must be appropriate for the general public, including kids. Sets are 2 hours long. Available support and equipment include:

  • On-site staff to meet and greet you and familiarize you with the space.
  • (2) microphones with 2 mic stands, (2) 1000 watt amped speakers with two speaker stands, (1) 12-channel professional mixer with USB with 6 channel microphone outlets
  • (1) 10 x 10 pop-up tent for shade
  • (1) 6-foot table
  • No stage provided
  • No sound tech provided
  • Performance Fee: $150

Holladay Park Concert Series
Bring the community together to enjoy a night of music at Holladay Park! Bands are selected to meet the park vibe, community input, and ability to entertain and interact with an audience. Audiences may range from 75-500+ people. Our goal is to provide positive activity in the parks to build community and promote safety. Crowd sizes may be small. Concerts consist of 2 sets, roughly 45 minutes each. All performances begin at 6:30pm and end at 8:30pm (including encore.)  All shows are free, outdoors, and open to the public. Available support and equipment include:

  • On-site staff assistance
  • Sound engineer with sound equipment per performer stage plot
  • Stage – Holladay Park 20 x 30 low profile stage
  • Performance Fee: $1100

Buskers and Circus Performers – Musicians, Dancers, Jugglers, Hula Hoopers, Magic Acts, Contortionists, Unicyclists, etc.
Director Park, Gateway Discovery Park, and Holladay Park bring in buskers to make the parks lively and welcoming throughout the summer months. Performers may not accept tips. However, performers can sell their own CDs. Performances are typically held 1-3pm. Available support and equipment include:

  • On-site staff to meet and greet you and familiarize you with the space.
  • Small portable amplifier for plug in
  • Performers are required to provide all other equipment needed to perform. Stage is not provided.
  • Performance Fee: $125

Dance Groups – Performances and Public Dance Lessons
Bring dance outdoors to Director Park, Gateway Discovery Park, and Holladay Park!  Free Bollywood, Swing, Salsa, Zydeco, and Tango dances will bring the parks alive this summer! The first hour of the night from 6-7pm is a free beginning dance lesson where no experience or partner is required followed by a free public dance from 7-9pm. Dance group must provide 2 dance instructors to teach the free dance lesson and provide the recorded music to play during lessons and during the band’s intermission. During the dance, the dance group is expected to mingle among the dancers and assist as needed. Dances (including lesson time) are typically held from 6-9pm. Available support and equipment include:

  • On-site staff assistance
  • 360 sq. foot Snap Lock Dance floor provided for outdoor use
  • Live band or DJ will be booked to provide the music from 7-9pm
  • Performance Fee: $200

School Groups, Touring Performance Groups, and Organizations
Opportunities for unpaid performances through the Arts & Culture Program are available at Director Park, Gateway Discovery Park, and Holladay Park. We encourage arts and culture organizations, schools, non-profits, up and coming performers, etc. that are interested in community outreach and visibility to apply. Performances include theatre, choir, orchestras, “flash” events, aerial acrobatics, marching bands, opera, poetry, spoken word, open air painting, interactive fiber arts, camp performances, and more! Applications are due by February 15, 2018. Applications will be accepted past deadline but if booked, performances will not be listed in summer marketing materials. 

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Special Events
Portland Parks & Recreation supports a variety of special events, celebrations, and park grand openings throughout the year and often seek local community performers and artists. Available support, equipment and performance fees vary by nature of event. 

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