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Call for Artists | 2015 Official Festival Artwork

Request for Proposals
Submission Deadline: 5:00PM EST, January 23, 2015
City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is seeking exceptional visual artwork to feature as the official art for the 2015 Atlanta Jazz Festival. The Festival will select one local artist’s art to feature as the official artwork on marketing collateral and merchandise, such as official festival posters and t-shirts.

Project Background
The Atlanta Jazz Festival is regarded as one of the largest FREE jazz festivals in the country. An annual celebration of the music, culture and art of jazz begins in April and culminates each Memorial Day weekend in May, with an outdoor festival featuring jazz artists from all over the world. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is produced by the City of Atlanta Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs, and is free and open to the public. The mission of the Atlanta Jazz Festival is to expose and entertain a diverse audience of Jazz aficionados, young Jazz enthusiasts and aspiring musicians to the rich heritage and variety of Jazz as an authentic form of American music.

Project Details
In celebrating not only the music, but also the visual components of jazz culture, the artwork should be innovative and visually expressive of the jazz legacy. Artists may draw inspiration from previous Atlanta Jazz Festival posters, as well as festival poster artwork from other jazz festivals, such as Newport, New Orleans, and Montreux. A featured jazz art collection is also available to view for inspiration here:

Artists must be a Georgia resident, 18 years or older, and must have proven visual art experience. The selected artist will be asked to sign a release form and permit use of the selected image.

The  City  of  Atlanta  Mayor’s Office  of  Cultural  Affairs  Atlanta Jazz Festival  will  award  a $1,000.00 stipend to the selected artist.

Submitting an Application

1. Current CV or bio that includes contact information: address, telephone number, email and website. 

2. Supporting materials:

  • Each artist may submit one image
  • Format your image to 300 dpi, no larger than 2MB file size, jpeg file (file extension must end in .jpg or .jpeg).
  • Label your image file as follows: firstname_lastname.jpg (ex. john_smith.jpg)

3. Submit via email to and include the following info in the body of your email:

  • Artist’s First and Last Name
  • Artwork Title
  • Artwork Medium
  • Artist’s Email Address
  • Artist’s Mailing Address

Submissions must be received by 5:00pm Friday, January 23, 2015 Eastern Standard Time. Submissions  received  after this  deadline  and  those  that  are found to be incomplete will not  be  reviewed.  It  is  the  responsibility of the applicant  to  ensure that submissionsare complete  and  arrive in the office by the deadline.   

Proposals will be reviewed by the Office of Cultural Affairs. Notification of the selected artwork on January 30, 2015.