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Call for Performing Artists (International): National Queer Performing Arts Summit – Creating Queer Community

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Call for Performing Artists (International): National Queer Performing Arts Summit – Creating Queer Community

qccOpen-call for LGBTQ identified performing artists for first National Queer Performing Arts Summit.

This Summit aims to further the Queer Cultural Center’s mission of artistic, economic and cultural development of LGBTQ communities. The Summit will facilitate conversations between the nation’s LGBTQ identified dance, music, theatre, and interdisciplinary performing artists and LGBTQ and allied arts and entertainment presenters looking to expand their queer performance programming. Our primary goal is to provide economic opportunity and sustainability for queer art makers nationwide.

The Summit will explore trends in queer performing arts, best practices in touring, cultural equity in the arts, and connect queer performing artists with presenters from across the nation. The 4-day event will feature keynote and plenary speakers, performance showcases, and a multitude of workshops, panels, and networking events.


Open to all LGBTQ identified performing artists national and international, emerging and established. QCC recognizes that art can be a powerful tool used to create a more socially just and equitable world. We recognize cultural equity as a foundational principal of artistic excellence. As such, we are invested in shining the spotlight on under-represented queer performing artists who deepen the impact of their artistic presentations by engaging audiences to connect to their histories, experiences, and creative expressions of future possibilities.

To that end, we will prioritize artmakers whose work reflects a similar social equity framework as well as artmakers from traditionally marginalized groups (for example-but not limited to: Transwomen, black/indigenous/people of color, working class, rural and disabled/chronically ill performing artists.)

We are looking for performers in the following genres:

  • dance/movement-based performance
  • theatre/multidisciplinary performing arts including circus and aerial arts
  • primarily jazz and blues musicians, bands, soloists, vocalists
  • spoken word/storytelling/literary performing artists
  • club arts (drag, burlesque, voguing, cabaret performers)

For information on Compensation and Submission Guidelines, please click here.

Deadline for Submissions: April 15, 2016

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