5 bands or artists + An ORCHESTRA + IMMERSE 2019
= An unforgettable artistic experience
Orlando Philharmonic, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Creative City Project are seeking 5 bands or solo artists from a diversity of genres to play with a live orchestra.
5 bands or artists will be selected.
Each will have 2 songs orchestrated
and the songs will be performed live at IMMERSE 2019 in Downtown Orlando with the Orlando Philharmonic and Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras.
Here’s how the process works :
Fill out the submission form and include 2 of your songs by Friday, July 19.
Our team will select 5 artists or bands by Friday, July 26.
Our arrangers will create epic orchestrations for each of the 5 winners' 2 songs.
We’ll have a rehearsal in early October in Orlando.
You’ll perform them live with the collaborative orchestra at IMMERSE 2019 on Friday, October 18, 2019 in Downtown Orlando.
Questions and Answers :
IMMERSE is the annual performing and interactive arts festival from the Creative City Project. It takes place October 18-19, 2019 in the streets and public spaces of Downtown Orlando. IMMERSE 2019 will platform 1,000 performers for an audience of 70,000 guests. Scroll down for photos and video from past events.
I’m in a band, can I submit my band’s songs?
We’re looking for solo artists AND bands. We’re looking for artists of any genre — pop, rock, hip hop, rap, electronic… you name it. We’re interested. In fact, our final selection will focus on choosing bands from multiple genres.
Do I have to be in a band? Or can solo artists apply?
Solo artists are absolutely welcome to apply. We’re looking for solo artists or bands of any size!
Can artists from any location submit?
YES! The rehearsal and performances will be in Orlando, FL on October 18. If you live close by, great. If not, that’s okay. But you will have to figure out how to get here. At this point, we don’t have travel stipends. BUT, if we hear something we just have to have… maybe there’s a chance.
When and where are the performances and rehearsals?
The performances are in Downtown Orlando on October 18, 2019. The rehearsal date hasn’t been set yet. But it’s tentatively going to be at the beginning of October.
What’s included in the collaboration?
For the ORCHESTRATE initiative, the Creative City Project and Orlando Philharmonic will :
facilitate performances and technical infrastructure
and (hopefully) get a recording of the performance.
We’re also creating video profiles of the artists and bands and documenting the entire process — documentary style.
Participation in “Orchestrate” does not include an additional cash honorarium for collaborating artists.
Are you paying for travel?
We encourage artists from outside Central Florida to submit their music. But, we’re not currently covering travel stipends. BUT, if we hear something we just have to have… maybe there’s a chance.
Do you want artists from my genre?
We’re looking for artists of any genre — pop, rock, hip hop, rap, electronic… you name it. We’re interested. In fact, our final selection will focus on choosing bands from multiple genres.
Here’s a quick peek at our last Philharmonic and Creative City Project Collaboration.
A look at IMMERSE
Incredible interactive installations
"Dear Citizen O" is a large post office installation. Guests are invited to write a letter, drop it in the mail slot, and then take a letter written by another guest from one of the mailboxes.
Fun Photo Ops
The Worlds of Corkcicle is a three-story immersive environment with 12 built sets for guests to explore and take photos in.
Immersive projection and light experiences
Cultural performances from around the world
Platforming a new generation of performers
A diversity of arts offerings – from hip-hop to classical, break dance to ballet
A heightened guest experience
Epic moments that make you say “wow!”
Inspiring our large, diverse audience!
Some Past Media Coverage
Orlando Sentinel : “IMMERSE Expands as Downtown Bursts with Creativity”
Orlando Sentinel Photo Gallery : “Photos : Downtown IMMERSEd in Performing Arts”
TED : Video “How Creativity Can Transform Cities”
CF News 13 : Video “IMMERSE Orlando's giant ball pit lets you be a kid again”
Orlando Weekly : “Creative City expands Immerse to two days of public performances”
Orlando Business Journal : “Central Florida influencers: Meet these 7 downtown Orlando next-gen leaders”
Orlando Business Journal : “This creative arts enthusiast is helping build Orlando’s own SXSW”
Orlando Business Journal : “From hip hop to ballet: Creative City Project immerses Orlando in 2-night performing arts fest”
Los Angeles Times : “IMMERSE brings streets of downtown Orlando to life with art, performances”
New York Daily News : “Creative City’s ‘Immerse’ has support from Orlando Magic and big plans”
Mix 105.1 : Audio “Community Connection - Creative City Project's IMMERSE”
Bungalower : “IMMERSE 2018 from the Creative City Project”
Nonahood News : “The Arts, Culture, and Magic of IMMERSE 2018”
West Orange Times : “Creative City Project introduces 'IMMERSE' art experience to Winter Garden”
Orlando Magazine : “Creative City Projects, presents IMMERSE 2018!”
Orlando Magazine : “50 Most Powerful People : Entertainment & the Arts”
Orlando Style Magazine : “The Creative Project”
Nonahood News : “IMMERSE 2018 Returns to Downtown Orlando”
Free Press Directory : “17 Marketing Experts Share Social Media Tips for Not-For-Profit Organizations”
The Vinyl Warhol : “Making IMMERSE with Cole NeSmith”
The Chicago Tribune : “The Creative City Project returns to Orlando this weekend”
Outrageously Remarkable : “Interview with Cole NeSmith”
Orlando Date Night Guide : “IMMERSE 2018 Arts Experience Returns to Downtown Orlando”
Orlando Sentinel : “Omazing Orlando: Cole NeSmith of Creative City Project”
Visit Orlando : “Fall Is Arts Season in Orlando”
Magic 107.7 : Audio “From the Heart : Creative City Project’s IMMERSE”
WMFE : Audio “Intersection : Creative City Project”
Story Gatherings : Audio “Cole NeSmith on Cultivating Art”
Scotch and Good Conversation : “Interview with Cole NeSmith”
Fox35 Orlando : Video “Talking All About Art with Cole NeSmith”
Script Orlando : Video “5 Things To Get Us Finished”
Istoria Collective : Video “Cultivating Art Where You Are”
Creative Mornings : Video “Hidden Creative Forces at Work”
Nomad Live : Video “The Freedom of Creativity”
Falcon’s Creative Group : Audio “Special Event | IMMERSE 2018”
StoryCorps : “Artist Interviews from IMMERSE”
New To Orlando : “IMMERSE Orlando 2018”