Art in Lou is a partnership of Fund for the Arts and Louisville Tourism to bring Louisville streets and public spaces to life with the arts. For the months of July through November 2019, Art in Lou provides artists (“buskers”) with paid opportunities to perform for the community in public spaces (i.e., street corners, sidewalks, plazas, etc.) providing a welcoming, lively atmosphere for tourists and residents. Art in Lou Performances are curated by the Fund for the Arts and made possible by the generosity of Louisville Tourism.
Arts in Lou Objectives
How do I become an Art in Lou performer?
Please read all of the information below before completing the Art in Lou Application.
Artists of any art form may apply.
Artists from Greater Louisville (Jefferson, Shelby, Oldham, Bullitt, and Spencer counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties in Indiana) may apply.
The Art in Lou applications ask you to provide the following information:
Art in Lou performers are needed for the following dates and times. Please note that these dates and times are subject to change.
When are applications due? When will I be notified if I am selected?
Applications may be submitted any time between now and November 15, 2019. For any specific dates that you would like to be considered, we recommend submitting an application at least four weeks in advance.
Applications are reviewed regularly, and performances are booked approximately two to four weeks in advance, so please be patient.
What should I expect if I am selected as an Art in Lou performer?
If you are selected as an Art in Lou performer, you will receive a follow-up request for your performance availability.
Before and After your Performance
Prior to your performance, you are responsible for picking up signage and the tip bucket from the Fund for the Arts. After your performance, you are responsible for returning the signage and tip bucket to the Fund for the Arts.
After your performance, you are responsible for returning the signage and tip bucket to The Fund for the Arts. You will work with the Fund for the Arts to determine specific times for signage and tip bucket pick up and drop off.
Guidelines for Performing
Documenting your Performance
Please note that late arrivals and no-shows for booked Art in Lou performances may make you ineligible to participate in Art in Lou.
If your performance must be canceled for weather-related reasons (i.e. rain, high winds, etc.) you will not receive a cancellation fee but your performance will be rescheduled.
Payment from the Fund for the Arts
Artists selected as Art in Lou performers will be paid by the Fund for the Arts. Art in Lou performances will be required to submit a W9 and sign an Artist Agreement with the Fund for the Arts. Artists selected as Art in Lou performers are paid the following per two-hour performance:
Please note that the Fund for the Arts mails checks twice per month: the 1st and 15th day of each month. Your payment will be processed as quickly as possible in accordance with this schedule after your Art in Lou performance takes place.
If you have any additional questions about Art in Lou, please contact the Fund for the Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org