Artist Submissions

Application Guidelines

Please note that you will need to re-submit materials for each year you wish to be considered, as space limitations prevent us from keeping submissions from previous years on file.

Submissions for the 61st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival (September 21-23, 2018) will be accepted November 1, 2017 – February 1, 2018.

Both emerging and established artists will be considered for the Monterey Jazz Festival, with a focus on established and regional artists. Please refer to the previous year's lineup for more specific information as to the type of artists selected in the past.

All submissions should include the following:

  • CD recording (the CD and CD case must be clearly labeled)
  • Biography (brief)
  • Photograph
  • Contact Information: Name of contact person, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail & web site

Please mail submissions to:
Monterey Jazz Festival
P.O. Box JAZZ
Monterey, CA 93942
Attn: Artist Submissions

EPKs (Electronic Press Kits) May be sent to .

Note: Audiocassette, VHS & DVD recordings will not be accepted. Due to the high volume of submissions received, we are unable to return materials submitted to us for consideration. We also do not accept artist applications through social media.

2018 Artist Submission Status

We will contact you via mail or e-mail to confirm receipt of your submission. 

Although we sincerely appreciate your interest in the Monterey Jazz Festival, please be aware that the large volume of submissions received prohibits us from listening to or offering assessment and feedback on all submissions. Therefore, only those who are being considered for inclusion in the Monterey Jazz Festival will be contacted—typically by mid-March. Please do not contact our office unless asked to do so, as the overwhelming demand for performance opportunities often precludes us from accepting or returning solicitation calls.

Thank you for complying with the aforementioned guidelines. We appreciate your dedication to jazz and are honored that you are interested in participating in the Monterey Jazz Festival.