Are you interested in performing at one of our festivals?

French Quarter Festival is April 12-15, 2018. Application coming soon!

Satchmo SummerFest is August 4-6, 2017. 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.

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The French Quarter Festival 2017 call for artists is officially closed. Below are guidelines for those who wish to submit for future years.

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.

Past Posters

Poster by Isabelle Jacopin

Poster by Tami Curtis

Festival Sponsorship

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

THANK YOU to our 2017 Musician Sponsors
Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc., Aloft New Orleans Downtown, Andrew & Rebecca Kelly, Antares Technology Solutions, AOS Interior Environments, Backroom at Buffa’s, Badine Land Limited, Barcadia Bar & Grill, Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, Inc., Bob & Norma Simms, Café Beignet, Center Staging, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar, Chevron, Councilmember-at-Large Williams, with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Councilmember Brossett, District D with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Councilmember Ramsey, District C with Harrah’s of New Orleans, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Crescent Transport , Cumulus New Orleans, The Derbes Foundation, Downbeat Magazine, Ericksen, Krentel & Laporte, LLP, Erin Rose, F.E.S.S., Inc., French Market Corporation, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, Gattuso’s Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant, Gootee Construction, Inc., Grayline, Gwendolyn Entertainment, GW Fins, Haydel’s Bakery, Herman, Herman, & Katz LLC, Hotel Provincial, iHeart Radio, JAX & The Berger Co., Jesters, Johnny’s Po-Boys, Kathleen & Edmund Schrenk, Linda & Mark Caplan, Live Free Magazine, Louise H. Moffett Family Foundation, Louisiana Music Factory, Love at First Bite, Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency, Lucky Dogs, Inc., Mardi Gras World, McLoughlin Family Foundation, Meyer The Hatter, Mid-City Pizza, Morris Bart, Mr. Joseph L. Smith, Mrs. Wheat’s Pies, New Orleans Hotel Collection, Nicoll’s Limousine & Shuttle Service, Original New Orleans Po-Boys, Outreach Process Partners, LLC, Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Park First, Patrick Gros, CPA, APAC , Pet Care Center, Praline Connection, Ralph’s On the Park, Ransdell Restorations, LLC, Raymond & Tobi Carter, Rolland Safe & Lock, Omni Royal Orleans, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sal Borelli, Samuel Loudenslager, Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki, LLC, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Southern Silkscreen, Spotted Cat Music Club, Steamboat Natchez, tasc Performance, The Blood Center, The Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar, The Ostensen Family, The Penthouse Club New Orleans, The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, The Pontchartrain Hotel, Toulouse Royale, Tropical Isle, Tujague’s, Vinson Guard Service, Inc., Voodoo Harley-Davidson, Walker’s Southern Style BBQ, WBOK 1230, Wendy & Joseph Dalovisio, Windsor Court Hotel, Zapp’s Potato Chips

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!
2017 French Quarter Festival Dates: April 6-9

$500 ‘Shorty’ Sponsor
• Partially underwrites one musical performance

$1,000 ‘Slim’ Sponsor
• Underwrites one performance
• 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

$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
VIP access for four
• Merchandise pack, including eight official festival posters, signed and numbered by the artist
• Early renewals* receive logo placement on the 2017 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 Rebecca Schick 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 Heather Twichell, Food and Beverage Manager, for more information. *

Media Credential Request

Thank you for your interest in French Quarter Festivals, Inc.! All media interested in covering the 2017 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, 2017. Satchmo SummerFest application deadline is July 24, 2017. 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

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