Performing Artists Wanted for Pop-Up Events During Basketball Events in Indy

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Performing Artists Wanted for Pop-Up Events During Basketball Events in Indy



Performing Artists Wanted for Pop-Up Events During Basketball Events in Indy

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

Performance fees: All performers will be paid at competitive rates based on group size and length of performance.

Project Description

The NCAA will stage the entire 2021 men’s basketball championship in Indiana, with the majority of the tournament’s 67 games taking place in Indianapolis. As Indianapolis prepares to host one of the largest college sports events in history, all of Downtown will be turned into an exciting, welcoming site for the players, media, and local community to enjoy being safely together to experience the excitement around this unprecedented event. With special thanks to the Lilly Endowment, funding has been secured to create paid opportunities for visual artists, poets, musicians, spoken word poets, dancers, actors, and more.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis and Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc, with support from Indiana Sports Corp, and Downtown Indy, are seeking performers for pop-up live performances during the tournament across multiple outdoor venues between March 11 – April 5.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

SPECIFICATIONS: All styles and forms of music, dance, and performance are welcome. Artists must be 18 years or older and able to provide an IRS W9 form and sign a contract. All performances must either be original work, considered free of copyright protection as part of public domain, OR work for which the artist has secured the proper permissions from the copyright holder.  

LOCATION: Performance spaces are currently being confirmed. All stages will be temporary and most will be outside. Locations may include Monument Circle, Georgia Street, Lugar Plaza, Davlan Park (Mass. Ave), and various pop-up locations.

COMPENSATION: All performances are paid based on a scale that reflects the Arts Council’s commitment to paying all artists a fair and competitive wage.


This project is on a very aggressive schedule; please review the dates below to ensure you can meet the timeline if you are selected!

Applications open: February 10, 2021
Submission deadline: February 17, 2021 (11:59 pm)
Notifications sent and musicians contracted: by March 5, 2021
Performances: 30 – 90 minute performance slots will be scheduled on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 11am – 7pm; a team of curators and producers will be working directly with artists to support and coordinate their participation.


  • All COVID-19 safety standards and protocols will be followed and enforced, including distancing, masks (some exceptions for performers allowed), no shared equipment, sanitizing stations, etc.
  • Technical Information: The organizers will provide a full PA and an audio engineer for performances taking place at one of the main stages. Items not included are any backline such as drum kit, bass amp, etc. Mics, stands, D/Is, cabling, will be provided. Multiple smaller “busker” type locations will be staged for solo or duo performers at which a full PA will NOT be provided.
  • For dance performances, dancers are sought who are able to perform in public spaces such as on concrete sidewalks, city streets, and other urban environments.
  • You may be photographed and/or filmed for promotional purposes only but your set will not be published in its entirety. By signing the performer contract, you acknowledge and agree to this.
  • If contracted, artist agrees to provide a completed W9, technical requirements worksheet, performance agreement, and promotional content in a timely manner.
  • Payment will be made available via check to performers post-set.
  • Performances must be appropriate for all people and ages.

SELECTION PROCESS: Artists will be selected by a community advisory committee representing the various stakeholder groups engaged in this effort.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Artists will be chosen based on quality and professionalism of the submission to create a diverse and robust schedule of events. Preference will be given to artists living or working in Marion or one of the surrounding counties.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND EQUITY COMMITMENT: The Arts Council of Indianapolis is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate because of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religion.

To read the Arts Council Equity Statement adopted in 2016, click here.

MEDIA/PROMOTIONS: The performing schedule and participating artists will be promoted by Visit Indy, Indiana Sports Corp, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc., GANGGANG, Indy Music Strategy, and other partners via earned media, social media, and event websites/calendars.


To submit, all artists must have good quality video of a live performance and/or studio quality audio files of recorded performance. Submissions may be links to your website, YouTube, Soundcloud, BandCamp or any other site where videos or audio files of your work may be reviewed. Instagram or other social media account links you provide should be dedicated to showcasing your artwork–please do not link to your personal social media!

  • If you do not have a website, please attach up to 5 examples of your past work to the application form.

Please apply HERE. Submissions sent via email will not be considered.

Artists in need of quality video or still photography, please visit the Arts Council’s vendor list on the Artist Resources Directory to view a list of photographers and videographers who work specifically with artists.

Tech/Audio Support

If you are a tech/production/audio engineer/contract worker and would like to be on the vendor list for this and other related projects, please send the following to Shannon Linker at

  • Name, email address, phone number, website, and a brief description of the services you offer.

QUESTIONS? Shannon Linker, Vice President of Artist Services and Engagement at the Arts Council,


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