Creative Performance Contest
Apply to Perform at TEDxNashville 2018

Do you think your performance is especially unique or innovative? Do you put a creative twist on lighting, visuals, dance, audience engagement, or any other aspect of your act?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, we want you to apply to be featured at TEDxNashville on the evening of Friday, March 16th or the afternoon of March 17th, 2018.

Performing at TEDxNashville is a great honor and tremendous promotional opportunity.

If selected, you will perform on the iconic TEDxNashville stage at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, in front of an audience of up to 2,400 people.

In addition, you will be promoted on the TEDx Youtube channel that has more than 5 million subscribers and over 1 billion views.

You will also get special mentions on Lightning 100 and Lightning 100 social media posts.      

Needless to say, being featured at TEDxNashville is a great opportunity to expand your fan base and overall exposure.

Some of the performers, artists, and speakers featured at past TEDxNashville events:

  • Roy “Future Man” Wooten: 5x Grammy Award-winning musician; percussionist/founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
  • Lecrae: 6 No. 1 albums on the Billboard charts; featured in RollingStone, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
  • Dave Stewart: Winner of Grammy award, Golden Globe award, MTV award; featured at UK Music Hall of Fame; collaborated with Bono, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Katy Perry, Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, Annie Lennox, Eurythmics, and many more.
  • Bob Ezrin: Winner of a Juno Award and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame; music producer; best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, and Phish


Contest Details

  • To be considered, your application must be submitted via the official contest form before 5pm on Friday, March 2, 2018.
  • You must be available to perform at Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville on the evening of Friday, March 16th or the afternoon of March 17th, 2018.
  • Per TED’s rules, there is no monetary compensation for speakers and performers. 

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities