AUSTIN, Texas — Do you have what it takes to perform at the City of Austin's New Year’s Celebration?

The City is asking local artists and arts organizations to present proposals for this year’s Austin’s New Year celebration.

Austin's New Year is a free, family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year's Eve event held at Vic Mathias Shores, formerly Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin.

The City is looking for any Austin-area artist or arts organization, including visual and performing artists, musicians, performers, interactive entertainment artists, and others.

The City of Austin will hold an informational meeting to discuss submission details Friday, Sept. 21 from 6-7 p.m. at Austin City Hall in conference room 2016.


Possible proposals include, but are not limited to:   

  • Musical individuals and groups.
  • Performing artists such as actors, jugglers, storytellers, dancers, fire dancers, hula-hoopers, aerial performance, illustrators, spray can artists or other visual artists who produce work on the spot, elaborate costumes and other festive performances.
  • Temporary interactive art installations, especially those which feature light or sound.

All Austin's New Year showcase proposals must be submitted to by Sept. 28 and need to include the following:

  • Contact information – Please designate a single point of contact within your group or organization and include that person’s contact info including name, phone number and email address.
  • A written narrative - Describe who you are and the project that you or your arts organization would like to present during the New Year's Eve program. Be sure to address the important questions of what will be happening; what visuals, musical elements or performances you will incorporate; how many people will be participating; what your technical needs will be, and how your work will engage the community of Austin. Be detailed, be realistic and keep it short and sweet. (1 page maximum)
  • A detailed budget – Include everything that you would need to execute your project. The City is working with limited resources and conservative proposed project budgets are encouraged.

An artist or arts organizations may submit more than one proposal for consideration. City staff will review the proposal submissions, and the selection of projects will be based on artistic merit, feasibility, compatibility with other selected projects, and budget. The number of submissions will be determined based on available City funding for programming. Once selected, artists may seek underwriters for their selected project with the final approval from the City of Austin.