Performing Artists

Applications are closed for 2023


Performing Artists

 The 47th annual Utah Arts Festival will be held June 23 – 25, 2023 at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

2023 Deadlines & Important Dates

  • Friday, January 20: Completed applications must be received by the Utah Arts Festival no later than 5:00 PM.
  • Friday, March 10: Notification emails / Contracts sent to artists
  • Friday, March 31: Signed contracts due back to Festival no later than 5:00 pm
  • June 23 - 25: Utah Arts Festival

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

The Show

The 47th annual Utah Arts Festival is scheduled for June 23 - 25, 2023 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. Patrons enjoy three 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.

Selection Process

Artists will be selected by a peer jury composed of musicians, music critics, professionals in the performing arts, and local music enthusiasts. Jury selections will be based upon materials submitted with the application, including live performance or rehearsal videos. The jury will look for professionalism, originality, creativity, and suitability for the Utah Arts Festival.

The Utah Arts Festival is working to ensure we balance tradition and innovation. Going forward the number of consecutive years an artist has participated in the Utah Arts Festival will be taken into consideration as part of the final selection process. The Utah Arts Festival reserves the right to “rest” an artist for one year after three consecutive years of participation.

JOIN US! If you are interested in being on one of our jury selection committees, and would like to be part of the process of selecting artists for the 2023 show, please email   for more information.


Live performance is a very important aspect of our evaluation process - Please provide your most current and relevant video links (live performance and/or rehearsal), social media, website, and streaming links to ensure we are able to understand and evaluate your work as an artist. Applications without adequate evaluation materials will be disqualified. Please reach out if you have any questions or need help with the application. We are here to assist you.

ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS: At this time, we are unable to accept applications from international artists. However, if you are an internationally based artist or booking agent representing an international artist that will already be touring in the U.S. in 2023, please contact

BOOKING AGENTS: If you have an artist routing through the Mountain West region in late June 2023, please contact before submitting applications for your artist(s).

Thanks for your interest.


Completed applications and supporting materials must be received by the Utah Arts Festival no later than 5:00 P.M. on January 20, 2023.


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 website purposes before, during, and after the Festival.


Based on an average performance time of 50 minutes, performing artists who apply and are offered a performance opportunity through our juried process will receive $150 for the first group member or solo artist and $100 for every member thereafter. Note: Groups of over 20 performers will be compensated for a maximum of 20 persons. No on-site payments will be made. All payments will be made through ACH deposits or mailed by July 31, 2023.

Non-Profit Performing Arts Organizations

Non-profit performing arts organizations will be granted a stipend to the organization rather than a per performer amount. Please contact for any questions or clarifications. 

A limited number of headliner and sub-headliner slots are available annually by invitation and the terms of these contracts are negotiated independently. The Utah Arts Festival does not pay transportation or housing for local or regional artists. 

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.

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