Artist Submissions

Thank you for your interest in Montavilla Jazz Festival. Submissions for the 9th Annual Montavilla Jazz Festival, August 19-21, 2022 are now closed! Check out the 2022 festival lineup here. The open submission period for the 10th Annual Montavilla Jazz Festival is September 1 through December 31, 2022.

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 Portland jazz. Montavilla Jazz Festival was created explicitly to feature Portland-based jazz artists representing a diversity of musical backgrounds..

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 music.

We value high-level artistic expression.

Montavilla Jazz artistic leadership does its best to select highly skilled local artists who push the music forward with exciting, original approaches to jazz.

This is a jazz festival.

We pride ourselves on the diversity of our programming; be it straight-ahead or avant-garde, swingin’ or rockin’, we are looking for high-level, Portland-based, original jazz.

We want a story to tell.

Do you want your festival performance to be a CD release event? Is this performance 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 festival set?

Artist Submissions

Please fill out this form to be considered for next year's festival.
  • Please describe your project proposal. Be sure to list participants, the significance of the work you would like to showcase, and why you feel your project is a great fit for Montavilla Jazz Festival.
  • Our festival feature's local artists based in Portland, OR or nearby. We also feature artists who have a significant connection to the region in their past.
  • Please describe your connection to the Portland jazz community.
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