. Application Deadline: May 5, 2018 — Late Deadline: May 20, 2018 .
The Bitter Jester Music Festival is a thirteen year old and well-respected professional music competition. The Festival is proudly partnered with the City of Highland Park, IL and Navy Pier in Chicago to provide performance opportinities for up-and-coming bands from across Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan.
The Bitter Jester Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity, produces the Festial and secures cash and prizes for the winning musicians (typically a combined total in excess of $25,000-$35,000 each summer) including studio recording time, professional photo shoots, instruments, concert tickets, gift certificates, and a whole lot more!
Preliminary Competitions take place the first four Fridays in June in Highland Park, IL. Bands only perform on a single Friday (you will let us know the date(s) you are available on another page). Winners are selected each Friday to advance to the Grand Finale Concert/Competition on the 4th of July, also in Highland Park.
The only requirement is that at least half the members of the submitting band must be under the age of 21.
Out of town bands: let us know if you need help w/ hotel accomodations. We have a partnership with the local Marriott for reduced rates.