News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners

Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director Ÿ Melonie Marano, Commissioner Deputy Director

Sara Sooy, Commissioner Ÿ  Paul M. Drake, Commissioner Ÿ Doug Singleterry, Commissioner


July 15, 2022

Somerset County Seeks Performance Artists for Diversity Festival in October


SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County seeks musicians, dancers, and entertainers to perform for 10 to 45 minutes at the 2022 Diversity Festival. Artforms should reflect the county’s unique and diverse cultures. Artists will receive payment. The event will occur on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Somerville. Applications are due by Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Performance Venues

Musical performances will take place for 30 to 45 minutes on the “Show Mobile” stage located at Grove and Main streets, and dancers will perform for 10 to 15 minutes on a stage located on Main Street.


“Show Mobile” performers will receive a fixed payment rate of $200 per musician with a cap of $1,600 for a musical artist or band. Dancers will receive a fixed rate of $200 per adult dancer with a cap of $1,600 and a $200 flat rate for dance school performances.


Preference will be given to Somerset County-based performance artists, professional artists in their field of expertise, as wells as artists who have experience with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, State Teen Arts, a neighboring county Cultural & Heritage Commission, or an established non-profit arts organization.


Performers can apply online or obtain an application packet via mail or in person. Applications must be received by Aug. 9.


Download a 2022 Somerset County Diversity Festival Performing Artist Application and Guidelines form here.

To obtain an application packet in person or via mail, contact Paul Grzella at or 908-203-6044 by Friday, July 29.

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