Perform Live FAQ 

Here are some frequently asked questions for those filling out the live performance form.

+ How long are submissions being accepted?

Submissions for live performances will be open until May 7th.

+ When will groups be notified if they are accepted?

Acceptance notifications for all performers will come prior to May 21st.

+ Are groups really asked to perform for free?

Yes. While we strongly support payment of artists working in any medium we have positioned AAN as a night for artists to give back to the scene that supports them.

+ Who is in charge of the selections?

Selections will be made by a panel of local music enthusiasts. Many of these panel members can be found on stage, behind the mixing board or working hard on live music promotions in Trenton year round.

+ What are you the panelists looking for?

Submissions should express the full breadth of your groups capabilities as not only as a music group but an organization and independent entity. High quality recordings, video, website, merchandise and promotions are looked at in addition to musical talent. We want to be sure the groups we put on stage represent our region as a leader in the live music scene. We also seek to highlight performers who call the Trenton region home.

+ What we are specifically not looking for?

Due to the tragedy that took place at last years event Art All Night - Trenton has developed a strong anti violence stance. If your lyrics, imagery or persona allude to violence, misogyny or inhibits another cultures freedom of speech please understand that it is unlikely your submission will be accepted.

+ What happens if I’m not selected?

Of you’re not select to perform don’t worry! Any submission is part of the statement of art, community and non-violence AAN has come to stand for. Also the submission list is circulated to local venues, nonprofits and other entities that may reach out to you throughout the year. Plus there is always next year!

+ What happens if your performance is selected?

Once selected we will begin gathering final promo assets, stage plots, input lists and other day of assets. Your group will be given a rough timeframe to hold for performances which will be finalized prior to the promotion deadline of May 21st. If you are unresponive to our email requests we will be forced to move on to another selection. From there we will provide the necessary load in documentation and credentials for the event.

+ How long are the performances?

Most sets are about 45 minutes long and we have about 15 minutes of changeover time between them. The submission team is still working on the exact timing of events which will depend on submissions we receive.

+ Is Art All Night going to run for 24 hours this year?

Yes, Art All Night will take place at the same time and for the same duration as it always has, from 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, through 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16.

+ Is Art All Night at the same site?

Yes, Art All Night will be held in and around the Roebling Wire Works site as in past years.

+ After what happened last year, what will be different this year to ensure the event is safe?

Although the event is still free and open to all, the biggest change this year will be that the whole perimeter of the event, including all outdoor music, food truck and other activity areas, will be fenced off. Attendees must go through a security check at two entrances (off Dye Street and S. Clinton Avenue) including being wanded and having their bags checked. All drinks and liquids, illegal drugs, weapons or other dangerous items will not be allowed in.

+ What else is being done to make the event safe?

We have been working with the City of Trenton since January to develop a security plan and a large law enforcement presence for the full 24 hours of Art All Night. This plan has been vetted and signed off on by independent risk management and security consultants, as well as by the city and Artworks. For peak hours on Saturday and overnight, there will be upwards of 40 law enforcement officers (uniformed and plainclothes) from the City of Trenton Police, State Police, County Prosecutor's Office, and other jurisdictions. There will also be a sizable Trenton Fire Department and Emergency Services (EMT) contingent at the event. Law enforcement will be closing Dye Street and S. Clinton Avenue adjacent to the Art All Night site, and patrolling the area outside the fenced perimeter of the event as well as the inside of the event.

+ I see negative comments on social media, even some of my friends and family are saying they may not attend Art All Night this year. Are these concerns valid?

We know that some people will be vocal about these things, and we understand they have every right to voice their opinion, and choose not to attend Art All Night this year. Art All Night has always been about countering the negativity directed at Trenton, and showing how wonderful the city and its art scene is. Now more than ever, volunteering at and attending Art All Night is a statement that we will not let the bad guys or the fear mongers stop us from being a part of something so big and wonderful, so creative, and so important. Art All Night is safer this year than it's ever been. We hope you will show your solidarity with us and help us bring Art All Night back, better than ever.

+ Have other questions?

Contact us at the link below.