Submit Your Design for the 2019 Pensacola JazzFest Poster

Jazz Pensacola is sponsoring a design competition to select the official 2019 Pensacola JazzFest poster. The winning artist receives a $400 cash award.

Artists/graphic designers of all ages are encouraged to submit designs. Entries should be appropriate for replication for posters, T-shirts and other 2019 Pensacola JazzFest promotional items.

The entry deadline is Jan. 7, 2019.


Pensacola JazzFest is an annual two-day music festival focusing on the art of jazz and primarily on the local jazz music scene. It traditionally takes place in Seville Square in historic downtown Pensacola. The poster design should reflect the deep, rich jazz music heritage of Pensacola and communicate a sense of the area, perhaps by invoking its landmarks and iconography. The time period depicted, however, can be modern or historical.

Submission Requirements

Entries should conform to a vertical orientation using a ratio that will fit, with margin, on a final poster size of 18 inches wide by 24 inches high.

All content must be the entrant’s original creation, and must be unpublished. The entrant must have all rights to images and graphics used in the final artwork and during the design process. All subject matter must be in good taste. No profanity or sexually explicit content allowed.

The poster must include the name of the festival: 2019 Pensacola JazzFest.

The festival event information, including date, location, sponsors, and any additional information will be added to the poster in the graphic production process. There is no need to include this information within the artwork.

Any mixed media suitable for two-dimensional mechanical reproduction is allowed, including both hand-drawn and computer-generated graphics.

Rough drafts or sketches can be submitted but, if selected, the final art MUST conform to the submitted draft or sketch. Substantial deviation from the submitted sketch or draft will result in forfeiture by the artist of the cash prize and the selection of a new winner by Jazz Pensacola.

Submission entries must be in low-res (72 ppi) JPEG format and emailed to info (at) jazzpensacola.com. There is no limit to the number of entries by a single artist. Each entry must include the artist's name, address, email, and telephone number.

The winning artist is responsible for the preparation of the winning entry for high-resolution reproduction. The artist will be contacted following the contest and given technical specifications for the production file.


All profits from any sale featuring the poster’s original artwork will go to Jazz Pensacola. The sole financial consideration for the winner is the $400 prize.

Jazz Pensacola will reproduce the winning poster for sale during the festival and other Jazz Pensacola events. Only a limited number of signed copies of the poster are available for sale each year. The artist will be asked to sign the posters.


The winning entry becomes the property of Jazz Pensacola. Poster may be displayed and reproduced at the sole discretion of Jazz Pensacola. In addition, the poster artwork and design will be included in the festival program, website, social media, merchandise (T-shirts, postcards, cups, hats), collateral, press releases, signage, etc.

The artist retains the copyright of the design image, but Jazz Pensacola reserves the right to unlimited reproduction and use of the image or parts of the image for arts festival materials and products for sale.


The determination of eligibility of entries and any interpretation of these rules is at the sole discretion of Jazz Pensacola, and shall be final and binding upon all entrants.

By entering the contest, participants agree to allow Jazz Pensacola to use their names and photographs for promotional and publicity purposes without further compensation. By entering the contest, participants agree to abide by and be bound by all these rules.

For more information, call (850) 433-8382, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Jazz Pensacola

3 West Garden Street

 Suite 418

Pensacola, FL 32502-5633

(850) 433-8382

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