Are you interested in performing at one of our festivals?

French Quarter Festival is April 6-9, 2017. Click here to submit an application.

Satchmo SummerFest is August 4-7, 2016. Click here to submit an application.

The Entertainment Committee, comprised of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) board members, former board members, artists, and others, approves all applications. The Committee’s objective is to ensure the best possible selection of performers for French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest in order to create a diverse and a quality experience for festival-goers. Selection is made at the discretion of the Committee.

Contact for more details.


French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) is searching for visual artists to create the 2017 French Quarter Festival poster image. The selected artwork will be used as the official French Quarter Festival poster and “poster t-shirt” sold at the merchandise booths during the event. These are sought-after collector’s items.

The poster is selected by members of the FQFI Merchandise Committee. Poster selections are based on originality, festival theme, and French Quarter atmosphere.

How to Enter
Please submit entries either by email to Erin Stover at or mail/drop off entries to 400 North Peters Street, Suite 205, New Orleans, LA, 70130. Entry may be a sketch and does NOT need to be a finished painting or artwork. However, if submitting a sketch, please also include samples of existing artwork that shows artist’s style or a website where art samples can be viewed. Please do NOT submit the original artwork (scans or copies only).
The deadline to enter is November 4, 2016. Entries received after this date will not be eligible for selection.

Submission Guidelines
The purpose of this call is to design artwork for the 34th annual French Quarter Festival poster. The final version of the artwork is subject to change, as the FQFI Merchandise Committee reserves the right to request changes to the design. The design must contain one or more the following to qualify:

• French Quarter scene
• New Orleans music related
• New Orleans food related

There is no size limit. However, traditionally a standard vertical design with a single image and central focal point with vibrant festive colors tends to sell better than other variations. (Please refer to past festival posters on page 2.) There is no text required on the artwork, it will be digitally added to the poster and t-shirt set up. When designing the artwork, please keep in mind that the image will be silkscreened onto t-shirts and needs to translate well as both a poster and t-shirt image.

Selected Art and Honorarium
The selected artist will receive media and press coverage before, during, and after the festival. The artist will also be provided with booth space in Jackson Square to sell his or her original artwork, greet fans, and personalize posters for all four days of the festival. FQFI will grant a monetary honorarium to the selected artist along with 25 posters to sell or give away, 10 poster t-shirts, and other selected items at the company’s discretion. The artist will sign and number all festival posters prior to the event. The poster will be displayed at the merchandise booths, in press releases, on the website, in festival materials including, but not limited to, brochures, kiosks, and festival signage.

Judging and Selection of Poster
The selected design will be determined by the FQFI Merchandise Committee. The committee’s decision will be final. No further correspondence shall be entered into. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. reserves the right not to select artwork if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received. FQFI reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or entry at its sole discretion. No correspondence shall be entered into. All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design. The selected artist will be required to sign a contract assigning all ownership of the artwork to French Quarter Festivals, Inc. All entries will become the sole property of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. and may be displayed publicly on the FQFI website.

Participation constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. By participating in the call, the entrant is representing and warranting that he/she has read, understood, and agrees to be bound by these rules. Including the guides and rules referred to herein, these Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the entrant and French Quarter Festivals, Inc. in relation to the contest.

Please contact Erin Stover, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. Merchandise Manager, at (504) 227-3126 or

Past Posters

Poster by Isabelle Jacopin

Poster by Tami Curtis

Poster by Christy Works Boutte

Festival Sponsorship

Thank you to our generous sponsors! Contact Stephanie Loman ( to learn how to join our group of supporters.

THANK YOU to our 2016 Musician Sponsors!
Acadian Ambulance, Alternative Tees, aos, Backroom at Buffa’s, Barcadia, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, The Blood Center, Bob & Norma Simms, Café Beignet, Café Reconcile, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar, Chevron, Councilmember Brossett, District D with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Councilmember Ramsey, District C with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Court of Two Sisters, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crescent Transport, Derbes Family Foundation, Dickie Brennan & Co. Restaurant Group, East Jefferson General Hospital, Ericksen, Krentel & Laporte, LLP, Erin Rose, F.E.S.S., Inc., Francher Perrin Group w/ Gardner Realtors, The Frenchmen Hotel & Gallery, Galloway Johnson, Tompkins, Burr and Smith, Gootee Construction, Inc., GW Fins, Haydel’s Bakery, Herman, Herman & Katz, Holy Cross School, Hotel Modern, Hotel Provincial, Jacques-Imo’s Café, Jester’s, John Humphries Designs, Johnny’s Po-Boys, Kathleen & Edmund Schrenk, LaDivina Café Gelateria, Lafitte’s Guest House & Gallery, Leefe, Gibbs, Sullivan & Dupre, Linda & Mark Caplan, Lost Love Lounge, Louise H. Moffett Family Foundation, Louisiana Public Health Institute (SmokeFree NOLA), Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency, Lucky Dog, McLoughlin Family Foundation, Meyer The Hatter, Mid City Pizza, Mignon Faget, Morris Bart, MOXY Hotels, NCIS: New Orleans, New Orleans Food & Fun Tours, New Orleans Hotel Collection, NOLA Lending Group, Original New Orleans Po-Boy, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, Outreach Process Partners, LLC, Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Patrick Gros, CPA, APAC, The Penthouse Club, Pet Care Center, Pontchartrain Hotel , Praline Connection, Ralph’s on the Park, Ransdell Restorations, LLC, Ruth’s Chris Steak, Sal Borelli, Samuel Loudenslager, Sheraton New Orleans, Silver Slipper Casino, Slidell Memorial Hospital, Southern Silkscreen, Spotted Cat Music Club, Steamboat Natchez & Grayline, tasc Performance, Theatres at Canal Place, Toulouse Royale, Tropical Isle, Tujague’s, Vinson Guard Service, Voleo’s, Voodoo Harley Davidson, Wendy & Joseph Dalvisio, Whole Foods Market, Zapp’s Potato Chips, Zarico Rouges Group

Musician Sponsorship

Want to donate NOW? Every amount counts!

This video talks about how we keep the fest free – thank you to our generous musician sponsors!

Become a French Quarter Festival Musician Sponsor today!
2016 French Quarter Festival Dates: April 7-10

$500 ‘Shorty’ Sponsor
• Underwrites one performance on a Street Stage

$1,000 ‘Slim’ Sponsor
• Underwrites one performance on Riverfront, Jackson Square, U.S. Mint or a Street Stage
• Merchandise pack

$2,500 ‘Professor’ Sponsor
• Underwrites multiple acts or a larger group on the Riverfront, Jackson Square or U.S. Mint stages
• Sponsor Hospitality Passes
• Merchandise pack, including one official festival poster, signed and numbered by the artist

$5,000 ‘Fats’ Sponsor
• Underwrites a headlining artist on a Riverfront, Jackson Square or U.S. Mint stages
• 2 tickets to the Opening Night Gala
• Sponsor Hospitality Passes
VIP access for two
• Merchandise pack, including two official festival posters, signed and numbered by the artist
• Early renewals* receive logo placement on the 2016 French Quarter Festival brochure and website.

$10,000-$20,000 ‘Pops’ Sponsor
• Underwrites a headlining artist on the Riverfront or on the Jackson Square stage
• Sponsor Hospitality Passes
• 4 tickets to the Opening Night Gala
• One reserved parking space during the entire weekend of French Quarter Festival
VIP access for four
• Merchandise pack, including eight official festival posters, signed and numbered by the artist
• Early renewals* receive logo placement on the 2016 French Quarter Festival brochure and website.

In addition to the benefits listed above, the following is included with all sponsorship levels:
• Placement on the French Quarter Festival Entertainment Schedule (200,000 produced)
• Sponsor will be identified as the Presenter of Entertainment via stage signage (produced by FQFI)
• Sponsor banner may be displayed during artist performance
• Performance introduction by Stage Manager
• Become a part of the Festival — introduce your band (optional)
• A Tax-deductible donation to a 501©3 nonprofit corporation

To hear more about Musician Sponsorship at French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest contact Erin Stover, Merchandise and Musician Sponsorship Manager at (504) 227-3126 or

Food Vendors

Are you interested in becoming a food vendor at French Quarter Festival or Satchmo SummerFest?


The Jazz Brunch Committee, comprised of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) board members, former board members, and others, approves all concessionaire applications. The Committee’s objective is to ensure the best possible selection of concessionaires for French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest in order to create a diverse menu and a quality culinary experience for festival-goers. Concessionaire selection is made at the discretion of the Committee.

Primary considerations of the Committee to select applicants include, but are not limited to:

*1. Preference is given to vendors who have already participated in the event and are in good standing due to past compliance with food vending requirements. Past festival vendors renewal applications are due each year in early December. After all past vendor applications are processed and if space permits, new vendors may be invited to participate in a tasting before the Jazz Brunch Committee.

*2. Preference for new applicants is given to restaurants located in the French Quarter Neighborhood, New Orleans, then the Greater New Orleans area, then Louisiana. Restaurants located outside the state of Louisiana are not eligible for consideration.

*3. Applicant must be an established, ongoing food service operation with a physical address, open to the public with regular operating hours. Catering companies will not be considered for participation. Applicant must have and be able to present a copy of a current Occupational License issued by the City of New Orleans (or appropriate city agency if restaurant is located outside of Orleans Parish, in which case a Temporary Occupational License from Orleans Parish must be obtained). Applicant must also have a permit to operate from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Applicant should be listed in local and online restaurant guides.

*4. No chain restaurants (more than 3 in existence) will be considered.

*5. New applicants will not be given the option of vending alcoholic beverages at the Event.

*6. Applicant must be able to describe and execute up to three high quality menu items. All menus are subject to approval by the committee. Menu are then reviewed at a tasting before the committee.

*7. Applicant must be able and willing to cooperate with: *Health and sanitary requirements of the State of Louisiana *Mandated insurance requirements of FQFI *Electrical and fire safety requirements and inspections *City and state laws pertaining to food service, licensing, and tax reporting

*8. To be considered for an invitation to vend at French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest, applicant must first add their restaurant to our wait list for consideration.

  • Click here to add your restaurant to the wait list.
    You may also email Georgia Rhody, Food Vendor Manager, for more information. *

Media Credential Request

Thank you for your interest in French Quarter Festivals, Inc.! All media interested in covering the 2016 French Quarter Festival or Satchmo SummerFest will need an official media credential. For consideration, please click here to complete the application. All French Quarter Festival requests MUST be submitted by March 30, 2016. Satchmo SummerFest application deadline is July 24, 2016. Please note:

  • Freelance journalists and photographers without a specific assignment from a media outlet will not be considered for media credentials.
  • Credentialing is at the discretion of the French Quarter Festivals, Inc.
  • Submission of your media request does not guarantee credentialing.
  • Absolutely no requests will be processed after deadline.
  • Credentials will not be mailed and must be picked up in the Media Center.

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. media credential application.


Are you interested in becoming a supplier of French Quarter Festival or Satchmo SummerFest?

Please contact AJ Gaulton at and list your:

  • name
  • business name
  • address
  • phone number
  • number of years in business
  • names of any festivals you have supplied in the past

Job and Internship Opportunities

French Quarter Festivals, Inc. seeks candidates for the following position:

Merchandise and Sponsorship Manager for Musicians

As Musician Sponsorship Manager, primary functions include:

  • Work with the Executive Director, Sponsorship and Development Officer (staff member) and Sponsorship Committee (board members) to create a tiered sponsorship structure for soliciting new sponsorships which will be dedicated to funding the cost of musicians at two festivals (French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest).
  • Actively reach out to the business community to solicit sponsorships for musical performances for French Quarter Festival and Satchmo SummerFest. o Plan and manage direct mail campaign, phone call campaign, and all fundraising follow up (website presence, e-mail, company newsletter, etc.)
  • Administer musician sponsorship agreements.
  • Invoice and collect sponsorships, with assistance from FQFI Business Manager.
  • Set rates for Sponsorship levels under the guidance of the Executive Director, and in coordination with the Sponsorship/Development staff member.
  • Fulfill all sponsorship benefits prior to French Quarter Fest and Satchmo SummerFest
  • Work with Entertainment Manager and stage managers at festival to coordinate stage announcements and sponsor signage, and to ensure that Entertainment Sponsors are receiving benefits of sponsorship.
  • Attend and host major Musician Sponsors at French Quarter Festival Opening Night Gala and Satchmo SummerFest Opening Reception.
  • Execute post-festival ‘thank you’ correspondence and settlements.

As Merchandise Manager, primary functions include:

  • Plan and develop budgets; analyze sales data and expenses as it relates to event wrap-up and future planning
  • Work with designers to create artwork and with suppliers to gather samples and order merchandise (shirts, hats, posters, bags, etc.)
  • Place merchandise orders, attend poster press check with artist and Executive Director, plan and arrange for deliveries, coordinate seasonal staff and volunteer schedules, and logistics of festival setup including cash registers, electricity, booth signage, and more.
  • Plan and manage merchandise arrival, storage and processing before and after Festivals.
  • Before, during, and after events, physical activity is required (must be able to lift heavy boxes and move merchandise).
  • Inventory, organize and make a plan for pre and post festival merchandise sales online and through other outlets.
  • Fulfill online and phone orders that come in throughout the year.
  • Assist FQFI staff with press conferences – planning and execution
  • OTHER -Participate in Christmas New Orleans Style event (December) with FQFI staff, including helping host Cathedral Concerts, St. Augustine Concerts, Children’s event, etc.
    Create and manage budgets (with assistance from FQFI Finance Manger) as it relates to Musician Sponsorship and Merchandise income and expense
    Special projects include other duties deemed appropriate by the Executive Director in the day-to-day operations of planning and producing events.


Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the nonprofit, business or fund-raising, or equivalent work experience.
Excellent inter-personal and communication skills, both orally and in writing.
Competency in fund-raising and promotion.
Ability to develop and articulate vision and strategy.
Ability to work within an established budget and utilize all resources as efficiently and as economically as possible.
Clerical skills, to keep hard copy files and computer files well organized.
Passion for New Orleans.
Familiarity with New Orleans Music
Ability to work independently and also as a team member within a small hard working staff.
Intern Opportunities with French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

Click here for more info and to apply

Intern Opportunities with French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

The 34th Annual French Quarter Festival takes place April 6-9, 2017, and FQFI is looking for dedicated, detail-oriented, and hard-working interns for office assistance in a variety of departments during the Spring semester. Interns will likely be asked for increased assistance the weeks leading up to the event, and must be available during the festival weekend. Start dates would vary per department, likely in January-February of 2017. Intern positions are as follows:

Merchandise and Musician Sponsorship Intern

Sponsorship Intern

Operations and Production Intern

Marketing Intern

Volunteer and Children’s Programming Intern

Entertainment Intern

To apply for an Intern position with FQFI, please submit a cover letter detailing which position(s) you would see as your best fit as well as some information about yourself. Please also submit your resume detailing your work history and experience. All submissions must be sent to by December 1, 2016.


Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of French Quarter Festival’s team.

If you would like to send us your resume and cover letter for future consideration please contact AJ Gaulton, Manager of Operations, at