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Future Stages Festival Small Group Performance Application

2019 Future Stages Festival Small Act Performance Application

  • Performance Guidelines

    Performance groups are required to complete the below online application.

    YOU ARE REQUIRED TO INITIAL AFTER EACH SECTION as confirmation. Boxes with an asterisk (*) designate a required entry field.
  • Performance groups are required to complete an application in order to be considered. Please fill out the form below and hit “submit” to complete the application process. An application will need to be completed in its entirety and cannot be saved or revisited throughout the submittal process.

    Please send a color photo along with your proposed set list and/or music to be played during your performance. Submit these additional materials by e-mail: or by mail to the address listed below.

    Note: All music must be pre-reviewed prior to performance. All application materials must be received by Monday, March 11 2019 and will be reviewed by the selection committee. Application materials may be sent to:


    Mailing Address:
    Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
    c/o Future Stages Festival Committee
    1601 Broadway Blvd
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Fax: 816.994.7201

  • Small acts must be comprised primarily of youth performers between the ages of 5 – 18 years of age and groups are expected to have been actively performing in the community (ex. 3-5 annual performances) for a minimum of 1 year. Small acts must have a minimum of 2 performers and a maximum of 10 performers.

    Small acts should be available during the entire festival day from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm as specific performance time slots are determined at a later date. Small acts are expected to provide their own costumes, music or accompaniment (if needed) and transportation to and from the event. A stipend of $100 is awarded to each small act to help cover the cost of transportation or associated performance expenses.

    Small acts will be assigned to perform on the Community Partner Stage which is located outside on the facility’s south lawn. Please note this stage is the festival’s smallest performance space, and small acts should be able to perform on a 12ft x 16ft stage. Small acts will receive further instructions and logistical information after being selected to perform at Future Stages Festival. Cancellations must be made no less than (5) weeks prior to the event. Groups that cancel after the 5 week deadline will not be invited to apply for the following year's Future Stages Festival.

  • Performances must be appropriate for a family-friendly audience. Groups must deliver a complete performance in the allotted time of 20 minutes and be able to setup and strike during the transition times allotted (5 minutes of setup and 5 minute strike). Four weeks (4) prior to your performance date, you will receive the performance time and itinerary. Your group will receive a stage technical chart of your stage as early as (4) weeks prior to your performance date to discuss technical needs.

  • Photography and video will be taken during the festival of all public performances and activities. As a result, participants may be asked to participate in photography and videography captured by one of our approved festival staff members. Photos and video may be used in future promotional materials, marketing and communications. Photos will shared with performance groups via e-mail after the event and may be used for the groups’ own promotional purposes.
  • Each accepted performance group must complete the following by May 13, 2019: 1. Performance Agreement – to be completed by main contact 2. W-9 Form – to be completed by main contact* 3. Event Waiver – to be completed by EACH performer* Links to the mandatory forms are provided at the top of this application. If your group is selected to perform, we will provide these links again once we notify you of your group’s selection. NEW THIS YEAR: All individual performers will be checked in on festival day, and performers who have not submitted a completed waiver one week before the event will not be allowed to perform.
  • Future Stages Festival Small Act Performance Application

  • General Info

  • Performance Group Info

  • Include links to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages (if applicable).
  • Performance Details

  • If selected, this text will be used to introduce the group from the stage at the festival.
  • Note: Festival performance group selection is largely based on the video sample. Please attempt to share a performance sample that somewhat resembles the performance you would like to present at Future Stages Festival. This will help the selection committee better consider your group for participation.
    Please check all that will be required for your performance
  • If you have technical needs that expand beyond those listed above, please include those details here.
  • Short Answer Questions

    Please answer each question using one to three sentences.