Performance Application

Apply now for a chance at being selected as a showcasing performing artist at the 24th annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival, April 6th - 8th 2018

150 bands, singer/songwriters and artists will perform their original compositions from four separate outdoor Entertainment Stages and three additional Performance Areas. Keeping pace with the newest sounds in the music industry and reflecting Deep Ellum’s ever-evolving North Texas music scene, all stages will be rocking simultaneously with an eclectic mix of original sound “genre-breaking” bands.

Take a moment to glance through our FAQ’s below to quickly find answers to commonly asked questions. 

Performance Applications are open to:

      All genres of music

      Solo acts or full bands

      Spoken word poets

      Original plays

      Artists from all over the world

Selected artists are guaranteed one performance slot:

      Performance slots run an average of 60 minutes, but can vary

      All original music/material only - no cover songs allowed

      Slots will be scheduled over the 3 day festival weekend, April 6th and 7th between 11am and 11pm, and April 8th between 11am and 8pm

      Stage, time and date assignments are subject to change, so flexibility is a must

      Full Backline, lighting and sound engineering is provided for our three main stages

      Full PA, lighting and sound engineering is provided on side stages

Please note: the person listed as Primary Contact in your application should be someone who is authorized to respond on behalf of the act applying, and who frequently checks their email. Notifications sent to the Primary Contact email address will require timely response.

You must read and agree to the Performance Agreement and Terms in order to be considered for a promotional performance.


If you ARE a paid member of Sonicbids and would like to apply under your Sonicbids membership, please click here.

If you’re NOT a member of Sonicbids and would like to apply to the Festival directly and provide links to your information please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to apply to Play DEAF:

       Fill out an member application through Sonicbids, or directly through the Festival here on our website

       Read our terms & conditions

       Check your email regularly for notifications from us, as you will need to respond quickly to solidify your slot.

If selected to showcase, does my act receive any compensation:

The Deep Ellum Arts Festival provides exposure that only premiere, well established festivals can. As showcasing artists, you will have access to the backstage areas of all 4 outdoor stages throughout the festival weekend. Headliners will be financially compensated based on union scale.

How are Artists chosen to play the Festival:

Our Entertainment team checks into each application carefully, listening to the music above all else, then takes into account social media presence and fan following. We select the very best musicians from all genres to showcase, and love doing so.

If I don’t get a performance slot, should I still come to the festival?

Of course. The festival is a staple for Deep Ellum and has been for 24 years this April. We would love if you come say hello to one of our stage managers, or even volunteer to help out behind the scenes and get to know our crew. There will be tons of food, beverage, art and music for you to enjoy so come on out!

I've applied and my band is from out of town. How do I reserve hotel rooms for my act in case we're selected?

We don’t offer any hospitality for out of town guests at this time, but do encourage acts from out of the area to book well in advance of the festival, as bookings become scarce closer to the dates.

What are DEAF's policies regarding credentials, and the terms and conditions?

One entertainment badge will be provided per person of each act while supplies last. The credentials will allow you access to all backstage areas throughout the festival weekend.

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