What is Tempe Playlist: Saturn Sessions
Tempe Playlist: Saturn Sessions is a locally-inspired audio project that will capture and celebrate the talents of local creatives (musicians, poets, spoken word artists, emcees, singers and storytellers) who live, work and/or study within the 85283 and 85284 zip codes. The objective of this project is to highlight the diverse sounds of these artists and connect them to a broader audience. Selected artists will also have the opportunity to be commissioned for the Saturn Sessions live performances at local destinations. The selected recordings will be compiled into a digital playlist that will be available online and visually marketed on Orbit Saturn buses.

Tempe Playlist was chosen as the creative connector for the community for several reasons:

To highlight the sounds from local creatives who live, work and/or study in the specified area of Tempe.
To give local creatives a platform to tell their story and introduce themselves to their community.
In the spirit of Orbit, to provide a free, locally-infused playlist that is available to everyone.

The Saturn route was also chosen for several reasons:

It travels within the two zip codes that are a focus for arts activation.
To serve as a connection between an area of Tempe that is known for the arts and an area of Tempe that, historically, has had less arts exposure.
It is a free service, accessible to all Tempeans.

Who can apply
This Call to Creatives is open to local artists (musicians, spoken word artists, emcees, storytellers, poets and singers) of all ages who live, work and/or study in 85283 and 85284.

Submission guidelines
If there are multiple people in a group, at least one person must live, work and/or study in 85283 or 85284.
If an artist is in in several groups, he/she may submit in multiple groups.
Up to three tracks may be submitted per individual/group.
Artists who are concerned about the quality of their tracks are encouraged to submit anyway. Some selected tracks will be eligible for a professional recording session.

Important terms and definitions
Track: song, instrumental, poem, storytelling, music composition
Individual: solo project, dj/producer, singer songwriter, emcee, storyteller, slam poet
Group: band, choir, steel drum band, orchestras, quartets, duos, trios, collective, or crew

Selection process
Team Tempe (see paragraph below for description) will review all submissions and select tracks for the playlist based on the guidelines, available space on playlist, connection to the community and unique creativity.

General questions:
More information:

Project background
AZ Creative Communities Institute
Tempe Playlist: Saturn Sessions is supported in part through the AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI), a program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, and Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, with guidance from Southwest Folklife Alliance. AZ Creative Communities is funded in part by a grant from the Surdna Foundation, awarded to the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University as part of its Thriving Cultures grant program. AZ CCI offers small teams, made up of diverse members of Arizona communities, a unique opportunity to explore the many ways creativity can be put to work for positive community impact.

Team Tempe – AZ CCI
Aaron Thacker, City of Tempe Arts and Culture Commission – Vice Chair
Gayle Shanks, Changing Hands Bookstore – Co-owner
Maggie Fountain, Tempe Union High School District – Fine Arts Curriculum/Instructional Specialist
Maja Aurora, City of Tempe – Director of Arts Engagement
Michael Rhod, ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts- Institute Professor
Samuel Peña, Founder of AZ Beat Lab, ASU School of Music – Community Engagement Coordinator

Orbit – Saturn Route
Orbit, Tempe’s free neighborhood circulator, connects residents to local destinations, including shopping, recreational facilities, schools and major bus routes. The six Orbit routes, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, operate daily, most with 15 minutes between pick-ups.


Organization/Company: City of Tempe
Location: Tempe, AZ
Deadline: June 6, 2018 @ 12pm
How to Apply:

Individual or group information: List each creative’s contact information including name, address, phone number and email. Also list each person’s live, work, and/or study connection to 85283 and/or 85284.
Your interest in Tempe Playlist: Describe why you are interested in the opportunity and explain the inspiration behind your track.
YouTube link to track: May submit up to 3 tracks per individual artist or group. List each track link separately.