Why Apply?

The Nashville Burlesque Festival presents a different kind of rhinestone sparkle with glittering productions hosted at a historic Honky Tonk and inside a working whiskey distillery. Boasting a burlesque scene that has grown almost as rapidly as the city itself, Nashville is home to a talented group of dancers, costumiers and performance artists creating striptease art. Just a few of the perks the NBF is offering applicants:

  • ​One application fee, three submissions. Our $15 fee is good for up to three video submissions for you to showcase the best you have to offer the weekend’s lineup.
  • Free admission to ALL THREE showcases! You’ve come all this way, we want to make sure that you get to take it ALL in! Every accepted applicant will have admission to the showcases they are not performing in, as well as entry to our after parties!
  • After parties at our nightly venues mean not having to move location, so after the show stick around and mingle with your fellow festival attendees.
  • Promotion of individual performers both before and after the festival.
  • Free photos & video of your performance.
  • Workshops with our amazing headliners! Take classes at a discounted festival rate at our home studio during your festival weekend.
  • Accepted applicants may apply to teach a workshop. The Delinquent Debutantes put a high value on education, and we want you to school us! Apply to teach your signature workshop at our home studio alongside our headliners!
  • A variety of snacks (dietary restrictions heeded!) to keep your energy up while you’re tantalizing Nashville’s incredibly enthusiastic burlesque audiences.
  • Discounted vending space and program advertising. Our Friday and Saturday night showcases at the Historic Nashville Palace offer up ample room for vending, and all accepted applicants will have discounted space available for merchandise or  burlesque related wares.
  • Housing assistance for accepted applicants. We know traveling for a festival is an endeavor, so we are offering housing assistance within our local community to applying out of towners.

Presented by the Delinquent Debutantes, along with our incredible sponsors, the Nashville Burlesque Festival promotes bawdy positivity by celebrating the human form through breathtaking aesthetics and tantalizing talent. Join us September 12-15 for the second annual Nashville Burlesque Festival!