2020 SH'BANG Performer's Application
Thank you for applying to perform at Sh'BANG! Each year we receive more and more interest and excitement from artists. We will be curating each show and choosing each act with quality, innovation, and diversity in mind.

Sh'BANG! 2020
September 4, 5, 6

Lookout Arts Quarry
246 Old Hwy 99 N
Bellingham, WA


Sh'BANG! is not like most festivals. It’s made by artists for artists and is primarily volunteer run. Sh'BANG! supports the creation and development of infrastructure for the Lookout Arts Quarry.

If applying with multiple shows or acts, you will be able to do within this application. If you have a band, workshop, art install, vending, derby car, or want to volunteer, those are available on the website.

January 15th to April 15th: Applications are OPEN
Initial Responses Out by May 15th (soft response deadline May 1st), or earlier if we can
June 1st: Final booking decisions are made. You will receive invitations or declines. We will send out RSVP Questionnaires with the invitations with tech details and promotional material requests
June 15th: RSVP Questionnaires DUE: If we don't hear from you, we will give your spot to another artist.

Once you have applied, wait for our response and we will be in touch as soon as possible. Please do not contact any of the Sh'Bang team with regards to your acceptance status. Let us know as soon as possible if any of your plans change.

Thanks for applying to SH'BANG! 2020

If you have questions, contact us at: performers@shbangfest.com
Email *
Primary Contact Full Name *
If there are multiple people in the act or show you are applying for please provide the individual that is most reliable when it comes to email communication!
Phone Number *
To be used for the day of your performance if needed, or to call and answer questions about your application.
Preferred Pronoun(s) *
Where are you based? *
City is fine. (Where you will be before the festival is also helpful for carpooling, etc.)
Do you (and all of those joining you to perform) have a U.S. passport or performer visa? *
If you are joining us from outside the U.S., that's great! We want to make sure coming to Sh'Bang goes smoothly for you. Please contact us at performers@shbangfest.com to figure out the details!
Are you interested in volunteering during the festival? *
Do you like to be involved in the inner-workings of things?? This is your chance! We are a volunteer-run festival - check out https://www.shbangfest.com/volunteer/ for more info about being a volunteer and making Sh'Bang happen!
How did you know the Performer Application was open?
Clear selection
Which Category should I apply to?
READ THIS SECTION TO BEST PLACE YOURSELF. Feel free to apply to as many categories as you see fit.

*********ALL ARTISTS *********
Generally receive:
-Weekend pass
-Parking pass (though we hope you carpool!!)
-At least 2 meal tickets per show
-Maybe some money! Read the different categories to learn more

20-60 minute acts - these acts are too long for the variety shows and can hold their own.
Extra meal tickets
Stipends range from $40-100 or Beaver Passes (all-meals ticket)

Bring joy to the land with interactive characters, activities, live painting, bubbles, etc. Generally ambient sets perform for 2 hour sets 2-3 times throughout the weekend.
Stipends range from $20-60 or Beaver Passes (all-meals ticket)

Acts are typically 5 minutes, though can be as short as 3 minutes, but not over 8 minutes.
Additional cash stipends range from $20-60.

Saturday night at 8pm. Do not apply to this show if you are not available at that time.
Acts should be 4-8 minutes.
About the stage: centrally-located Cedar Stage (45' x 26'), built from trees and boulders pulled from the land. Wide open stage, smooth floor, aerial rigging available. Tech provided, lights, sound.

Sunday Afternoon, performed on the floating dock to an amphitheater on the terraces. Most family friendly show. We love acts that use the water in some way. Large, semi-smooth dock stage, irregular size, no wings to the side... just water.

You know what this is. Fire props!

Late night Friday. Probably on Saloon stage. Oddities and unusual quirky acts. Visual, psycological, auditory.

Saturday, midnight, adult burlesque show. This show invites non-traditional adult friendly content! The quarry is a wonderful place to highlight acts that feature queer / non-binary, LGBTQ, feminist, creative, funny, and unusual acts.
Acts should be 3-7 minutes - perhaps shorter! We will be in touch with you about act length.
Performed on The Saloon Stage which includes two side by side stages (20' x 12' + 16' x 8'), surrounded by an elaborate western town facade.

What category would you like to apply to? *
If we feel your act would be better in a different category, we may move your application.
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