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Seattle Center is seeking a Bumbershoot Arts & Music Festival producing partner with the creativity, drive, capacity and collaborative inclination to build a sustainable structure for the 50-year-old annual festival. This is an exciting opportunity to reimagine and reinvigorate a deep-rooted and treasured part of the region’s arts, cultural and entertainment landscape. Over the years, Bumbershoot has grown into one of the largest and most significant urban arts festivals in North America in terms of its scope, content and reach.

The dual goals of artistic excellence and festival sustainability are at the heart of the Future of Bumbershoot 2022 and Beyond Request for Proposals for Producer. The RFP will consider a range of possible producing arrangements and scenarios that will form a sustainable structure for the annual festival. Proposals will also be evaluated by what they include of relevance to diverse communities. A proven track record of collaboration with a wide variety of public and private sector partners is paramount as well as proven ability to manage multiple revenue streams and maintain the bottom line. The RFP will consider proposals from locally based, national and international proposers. Proposals will be due by Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5:00pm PT.

Request for Proposals Schedule:

  • Publish RFP - September 2, 2021
  • Optional Pre-proposal meeting & tour, please contact Kim Hawley to schedule an in-person or online meeting - September 24, 2021
  • Last day for questions - October 11, 2021
  • Proposal due - October 25, 2021
  • Review of proposals and short list determined - November 1, 2021
  • Short list proposers provide additional information - November 8, 2021
  • Presentations by proposers to review committee - November 15, 2021
  • Selection - November 23, 2021

RFP Questions Submitted By Proposers

Bumbershoot Request for Proposals

Proposals due Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5:00pm PT.

Bumbershoot RFP

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