Thank you for your interest in Montavilla Jazz Festival. Submissions for Montavilla Jazz Festival 2020 are now closed! Check out the 2020 festival lineup here. The open submission period for MJF 2021 is September 1 through December 31, 2020.
Montavilla Jazz Festival Submission Guidelines
We are honored that you are inquiring about performing at the Montavilla Jazz Festival. It is amazing to see so much interest from the creative community in a festival that started as an ambitious idea by a handful of community-minded folks in East Portland. We get a number of requests throughout the year, and we have limited performance slots to showcase artists. Please review our submission guidelines:
We only consider Portland-based artists
We pride ourselves in showcasing the very best in original Portland jazz. The festival started because the founders saw a gap in Portland jazz programming. There is an immense amount of Portland-based jazz talent from many diverse musical backgrounds that needed a stage.
If your set is not wholly originally composed music, then MJF is not a great fit.
We love standards, but we want you to play your own music.
We value high-level artistic expression.
The programming committee does its best to identify highly skilled artists who are truly contributing to pushing the music forward with exciting, original approaches to jazz.
This is a jazz festival.
Montavilla Jazz Festival’s understanding of what “jazz” means is wider than that of many festivals. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our programming; be it straight-ahead or avant-garde, swingin’ or rockin’, we just want high-level, Portland-based, original jazz.
We want a story to tell.
Do you want your MJF performance to be a CD release event? Is this performance going to be the premier of a new composition or ensemble? In 140 characters or fewer, can you tell us why we should encourage people to come to your set at MJF?
The best time to submit is September through December.
There have been many times when an artist comes to us with a perfect project for MJF, but it is too late in our project planning. It takes months to plan the festival, and most festivals book their entire lineup much sooner than we do. The best time to show up on our radar is well after the current year’s August festival and before we start planning for the next year.