There are a variety of ways you can find and create opportunities for yourself as a performing artist. Please schedule an appointment with us if you have questions or would like to discuss your next steps!
*Due to the pandemic, many Peabody performance opportunities are taking place virtually, and some programs are on hold to protect the safety of our community. Please refer to your local health guidelines and the CDC website before accepting any external in-person performance opportunities.*
LAUNCHPad has compiled tips and resources to help you present your best self when applying to performance opportunities:
1) Compile promotional materials. Have a press kit! It should include at least a bio, photos, audio/video recordings, and a sample program or two. For more tips and resources, visit LAUNCHPad’s webpage on marketing and self-promotion.
2) Create a program. Cater your program proposals to each venue you approach. Design your programs with relevant and cohesive themes that will connect to presenters and audiences alike. Use the following resources for inspiration:
3) Research and contact venues. Find performers and venues whose work and artistic goals align with your own. Use your connections, but don’t be afraid to send emails or make phone calls! Get started with our curated resources below:
4) Negotiate a contract. Once you’ve confirmed a concert or gig, protect your work and rights by getting your agreement in writing. Use LAUNCHPad’s Contract Template to get started!
Many artists use online platforms to replace income from in-person events. These resources, organized from introductory to more advanced, will help you learn more about performing virtually.
Contracts for Virtual Performances
If you are hired to perform for a virtual event, create a contract as you would for any other gig. Start with LAUNCHPad’s Contract Template and consider the additional points below:
Current students and recent alumni can connect with paid performance opportunities in the Baltimore/DC area through LAUNCHPad's referral service. Ideal candidates are strong, independent performers with excellent communication and high professionalism. Due to the pandemic, we are currently only posting virtual opportunities.
Current Students: You must be recommended by your respective studio faculty and maintain an active professional website. Faculty can recommend students by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Alumni: Email a link to your website to email@example.com.
Please note that our referral service is primarily designed to serve current students and Baltimore-area alumni within 5 years of graduation.
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