Opportunities for Musicians, Performers, and Artists

Greetings intrepid artist and welcome to the section of our website dedicated to all of the opportunities we have for you to participate/interact with ArtsQuest.

There's a lot of information below and we'd love it if you took a few moments to check it out. If you've got an idea for a project, exhibition, performance piece, installation.... anything really, never hesitate to reach out to us with the info below!

Opportunities for:

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Resident Artists Wanted!

ArtsQuest's Banana Factory jury selected resident artist program offers low-cost working studios to area artists. ArtsQuest is seeking artists who are committed to their work, and to being a part of a community that believes in and promotes art. Interested individuals should submit an application including a statement of intent, current, artist resume and at least 10-20 images of work. If selected for interview, artists will be asked to provide a minimum of 5 pieces of original work for review. Artists selected for the resident artists' program are regularly reviewed to maintain the highest level of work and dedication to the art community.


Low cost, subsidized studios. Studios vary in size from 200- to 900-sq. ft., with 24/7 access for artists.

Teaching Opportunities

Resident artists may teach courses at the Banana Factory, including courses they design and develop themselves.

Exhibition Opportunities

There are many opportunities to show work in the galleries and public spaces of the Banana Factory, including the Annual Artists' Show.

Working Facilities

Resident artists have access to all of the creative facilities at the Banana Factory, including a dark room, hot glass shop, ceramics studio, digital photo lab and more.

For more information, please contact:
Hannah Burke
610.332.1322 | hburke@artsquest.org
25 W. Third St. | Bethlehem, PA 18015

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Musicians and Performing Artists

ArtsQuest’s programming is about to explode (metaphorically speaking) from presenting around 600 different bands, musicians, community groups and other entertainers a year to more than 1,500 annually.

Important sidebar:

Due to the high number of applications we receive, we do not contact artists whose submissions are not currently chosen to perform. It's not that we don't like you, it's just there's no way to get back to everyone. Also, please note that submitted materials will not be returned.

Read below for more information on our various venues & programming capacities, and then submit to be considered to be a part of it all.

Good times!

All submissions will be presented to either ArtsQuest’s Music Arts Committee or Community Arts Committee and evaluated based on type of programming, quality, content, diversity and potential appeal to our audiences. Based on the committee recommendations, someone from the Performing Arts Department will be in touch with artists and groups we are interested to engage in one of our opportunities.  

You should update us with a new submission as frequently as every six months if you have new things to share, or once a year to be considered for all events within the next booking calendar year.

So yeah, that's the basics. Here comes the fun stuff...


Festival Opportunities

Musikfest presents over 300 different artists from nearly every conceivable genre be it country or Cajun, Bach or blues, rock or folk, kid’s band or family buskers. Musikfest 2015 runs August 7-16. Bands wanted for the 2015 lineup...

The Blast Furnace Blues Festival presents more than 30 of the nation’s finest blues performers at venues throughout the SteelStacks campus.

RiverJazz hosts a handful of local and regional jazz groups for free-to-the-public evening concerts on the Town Square and at the Levitt Pavilion, while several national jazz headliners will perform ticketed performances in the Musikfest Café.

¡Sabor! Latin Festival features numerous local, regional, and national Latin ensembles performing throughout venues on the SteelStacks campus.

Oktoberfest presents more than 50 local, regional, and national party bands that embrace the spirit of Oktoberfest!

Performance Venues

The Musikfest Café is a cabaret/club style performing arts venue, with highly flexible configurations available to entertainment. The venue can be set for 450 cabaret seats (tables & chairs); 680 theater style (just chairs); and 1,000 GA style (Standing Room Only – no tables or chairs). The venue will be open three to five nights a week with nationally touring headlines from both near & far. Most shows will typically have a more local/regional opening act. Opening for a show in the Musikfest Café is also a great way to both get a ‘foot-in-the-door’ and begin/continue to develop with our audiences.

The ArtsQuest Center’s Creative Commons & Town Square
The dual stages of the Creativity Commons (inside) and Air Products Town Square at SteelStacks™ (outside) will be programmed on an almost daily basis with local and regional entertainers. These free-to-the-public shows will be presented on the stage which features the best weather on a case-by-case/day-by-day basis! Community and school groups, local bands, solo musicians, and entertainers of all kinds are encouraged to submit to be considered to perform on one of these two stages.

The Air Products Town Square at SteelStacks™/Creative Commons stages are the ideal opportunity’s for local semi-professionals, school or lesson groups looking to play in front of an audience for the first time, or established local vets looking for a great way to connect with the campus’s many visitors on a hopping weekend night.

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
Free music for all people is at the core of the Levitt Pavilion’s mission. The outdoor amphitheater with lawn seating for 2,500 will present 50 free-to-the-public concerts over the course of a Memorial Day to Labor Day season each summer. The performances will connect national and regionally touring Artists to diverse audiences.


Other Performing Opportunities

Have a comedy troupe? Dance in a local dance organization? Sing in a local barbershop quartet? Perform stand-up comedy? A magician? Play in a band that wants to perform in one of our cinemas while showing a movie behind your group? We have opportunities for a very diverse definition of ‘performing artists,’ so please send us a submission so that we may consider if & where you might best fit into our programming.


Performing Artist Submission Forms

If you're ready to submit to be considered for one of the above opportunities, then please take a moment and fill out our handy-dandy form thingy.

Visual Artists

Our opportunities for visual artists will be expanding as we open new facilities and launch new festivals. In addition, we'll be hosting a weekly arts & antiques market at SteelStacks.

Below you'll find all of the applications you'll need to get us involved with your art! We'll be adding more applications and opportunities as we hammer out details for our many new and exciting events. Good times!

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot us a note at info@artsquest.org.


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Studio Applications

"How do I get a studio" is one our most frequently asked questions. Well, it's an incredibly competitive process, because studio space is limited. We keep an active waiting list, so if you'd like to be considered for a studio click the link below and fill out the form.

Emerging artists who have a strong community mindset are strongly encouraged to apply!

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