Calling all LGBTQ Performing Artists in NYC

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) and New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm have announced an Open Call to LGBTQ performing artists based in New York City to participate in a third annual event to launch LGBTQ Pride in Queens in June.Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 1.20.32 PM

The FCCA, which operates the historic Flushing Town Hall, is seeking established and up-and-coming performing artists who identify as LGBTQ to take part in the event on Saturday, June 4th at 5:00 PM. For the previous events, applicants were limited to Queens-based performers, but this year the Open Call has been expanded citywide.

”We are grateful to Council Member Dromm for his support of this program,” said FCCA Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “Flushing Town Hall celebrates diversity in the Arts, and Council Member Dromm also recognizes and champions its importance.”

“This year we will again launch LGBTQ Pride Month in Queens a day early on June 4th with another special cultural event in Diversity Plaza,” said Council Member Dromm. “I’m proud to continue my support of this event and expect it will again draw an amazing array of participants who bring joyful music, dance and poetry to the plaza. My hat goes off to Flushing Town Hall for organizing this event and to the performers and directors who make this possible.”

In addition to the Council Member, the program is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Performers will be selected via this Open Call. All LGBTQ musicians, dancers, and performing artists based in New York City may submit applications. Latino and other immigrant and minority artists who self-identify as LGBTQ are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted over email, and will consist of:

  • A statement of interest and description of proposed performance (200 words maximum).
  • Biographical Details (300 words maximum)
  • Work samples (three maximum). Artists may submit mp3, jpg, or video. Work samples may be included either as an attachment to the email, or via a URL where they can be accessed and viewed, such as a YouTube or website link).

Applications must be sent by email by to Flushing Town Hall’s Deputy Director Sami Abu Shumays at by April 22, 2016. Please use the subject line: LGBTQ OPEN CALL 2016. Flushing Town Hall subsequently will review all applications and select three to five performers, who will be notified by early May. All artists will receive a modest honorarium.

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