The Arts Council is proud to partner with Travelers for Press Play, a virtual “lunchtime” music series. Press Play premiered in the fall of 2020 as a way for us to feature some of Greater Hartford’s finest talent, and we’re excited to bring it back for another year!

The call for artists is officially open as of Monday, April 26. Performances will be recorded in various outdoor locations around Hartford and will be recorded in partnership with Parkville Sounds. Performances last 20 minutes and air on the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Facebook page and the Travelers employee intranet.

Musicians of all genres are invited to apply. If selected, bands will be paid at a rate of $500 per performance. This rate applies whether a solo musician, band, or ensemble perform.

Application Deadline May 20, 2021
Selection Notification Week of June 7, 2021

The summer 2021 Press Play series is aligned with the major cultural festivals of Summer in the City, including the West Indian Independence Parade and Celebration, Greater Hartford Latino Festival, PrideFest, the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, and others. Priority will be given to at least one applicant from each of the following genres that align with Summer in the City’s core events:

• West Indian music genres including, but not limited to: calypso, reggae, and soca
• Latin music genres including, but not limited to: bomba, salsa, and bossa nova
• LGBTQ identifying musicians
• Jazz

Priority will be given to bands performing original music and musicians living in the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s 34-town service area (see map). All applicants must be 18 years or older.

Apply here by May 20, 2021

Required Materials

  • Band Bio
  • Up to 3 links to video and/or audio samples of music that represents what you would perform if selected for this series

Questions? Contact Amanda Roy, Director of Community Impact at