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Arts on the Riverwalk Performers

Musicians, singers, dancers and performers of all kinds are invited to apply to perform at Arts on the Riverwalk! All performers, staged or street, must submit an application and be approved by the AOR committee to participate in the festival due to limited performing areas.


People's Choice Award
All staged performing artists will be competing to win the $1000 People's Choice Award! Festival Attendees will vote for their favorite performer throughout the day and the winner will be announced at 8 pm at the festival!


Application Deadline: August 1
Acceptances Mailed: August 15



All performers, staged or street, must submit an application and be approved by the AOR committee to participate in the festival due to limited performing areas.  Work samples are required by all applicants. Web links are preferred.

Application Process: To be considered, please complete the application below no later than August 1, 2018.  Spaces may be filled on a first come, first served basis so early application is advised. Submitting an application DOES NOT guarantee participation. You will receive notification in the mail of your acceptance status no later than August 15. If approved, the performance schedule indicating the time and location (s) you have been assigned will be mailed no later than August 31.
Gratuities: In true busking fashion, performers may accept tips and gratuities in exchange for offering entertainment.  However, the City of New Castle does not permit performers to sell merchandise (example CDs) without a transient license or to make outright requests for donations (i.e. beg).  AOR is not compensating performing artists for their participation, but offering a platform for you to perform. Your participation will be featured before, during and after the event in the event program, on-stage and on social media directing viewers to your contact information (as applicable).

Peoples Choice Award: All performing artists and groups will be entered into the People's Choice Award. Festival attendees will have a chance to vote for their favorite performer throughout the day. The $1000 prize will be awarded to the group/performer with the most votes. The winner will be announced from the main stage after 8 pm and a check will be issued within 30 days of the festival. 

Restrictions: Please respect surrounding vendors, businesses and other participants when performing at all times.  Relocating from your assigned area may unintentionally cause a disturbance in a crowded environment. Criminal, libelous, slanderous, indecent or fraudulent behavior is strictly prohibited. Performances must be in good taste and suitable for audiences of any age. Performances must not be political in nature.

Performer Application

Contact Name *
Contact Name
List all members of your group.
Address *
Phone *
Performance Details
I am applying for
Type of Performance
Describe your group and performance.
Provide a link to a video or website that shows your performance, or email tohoytcommunications@hoytartcenter.org
Please list your needs (electrical, microphones, sound system, space needed, etc.) and we will match you with the most appropriate staging area. Please note, we may not be able to accommodate all needs.
Performances can be no longer than 1 hour.
Time Slot Selection *
Please select your preferred time slot. We will do our best to give performers their prefer timeslot, but cannot make any guarantees.
The undersigned and all persons representing them agree to all the terms and regulations of Arts on the Riverwalk set forth in the application. Any injury or damage to persons or property is the sole responsibility of the performer and his/her representatives. Property owners, the Riverplex, the City of New Castle, the Hoyt Center for the Arts, Arts & Education at the Hoyt, and their agents shall be held harmless from any liability for damage to property or personal injury. I give permission for Arts & Education at the Hoyt to use my name, image and media in event promotion.