RFP: Performing Arts Activities at MSP Airport


Purpose of RFP

The [email protected] Program, a partnership between the Airport Foundation MSP (Foundation) and the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), requests qualifications from performing artists and arts organizations (Artists or Organizations) whose work reflects the rich diversity of the Upper Midwest to showcase their unique talent at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP).

The purpose of this RFP is to retain Artists and Organizations to propose and present performing arts activities at MSP, and to work collaboratively with [email protected] staff to ensure the work is appropriate for the airport environment and that it acheives the goals of the Program.

Intent and Goals of Performing Arts Program

Minnesota and the surrounding region are home to many exceptional performing Artists and Organizations. The Performing Arts component of the [email protected] Program provides ongoing opportunities for these Artists and Organizations to showcase their unique talents at MSP. Performances will help satisfy many Program goals, especially in their ability to provide:

  • A welcoming atmosphere at MSP;
  • Thought provoking and memorable experiences for airport users;
  • Incentives for passengers to use MSP;
  • Activities that promote participation in and raise awareness of the arts in the community;
  • A venue with international exposure for regional artists; and
  • Support to artists and arts organizations.

Performing Arts Locations

Performances may not interfere with the airport's primary function of getting people to their destinations safely and efficiently. Dance, theater, storytelling, and other performing arts that require captive stationary audiences are best suited for areas that can be sectioned off from passenger traffic and do not impede traffic flow. These types of performances may be most appropriate for and integral to special airport events or stages.

Music is more easily adapted to transitory audiences and can be performed in many locations without interfering with regular airport activities. Potentially, live music performances at MSP may be heard by millions of people annually. Passengers moving through the airport as well as those who stop to listen may benefit from and enjoy the experiences equally.

Live performances will be scheduled year-round in select airport locations, especially during peak travel times. The depth of performing arts offered will highlight regional talent and become more extensive as the number of participating artists increases.

Performances at MSP will be scheduled for specific locations in either pre-security or post-security areas of the airport. In some cases, Artists will stroll through the airport while performing or move to several different locations for brief performances. All performance locations in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 will be approved by MAC staff.

Currently, the MAC is developing three permanent performance spaces in the Main Mall of Terminal 1 to significantly broaden the range and reach of performing arts activities offered through the [email protected] Program. On the north and south ends of the space, audio cases and equipment will be installed for instrumental performances, and a Steinway concert grand piano will be located in the seating area outside of the newly-renovated Main Mall Food Court.

In Terminal 2, the Program has a Kawai baby grand piano near Gate H12, and also hosts instrumental performances in the space. 

Selection Processes and Partnerships

All Artists and Organizations performing at MSP will be from or have strong connections to the region. This is in keeping with [email protected] Program goals to provide activities that promote participation in and raise awareness of the arts in the community and to provide a venue with international exposure for regional Artists. To showcase the variety and depth of regional performing arts and provide fair access to all artists, the annual calendar will rotate to allow performances by Artists who have not previously performed at MSP.

Traditionally, community and school groups have been invited to perform at MSP at certain times of the year. The [email protected] Program encourages local arts and community Organizations interested in performing at MSP to submit their ideas for performances through this RFQ.

[email protected] staff will develop and maintain a list of potential Artists and Organizations through the applications submitted to this opportunity. The Performing Arts Subcommittee of the Arts and Culture Steering Committee meets twice annually (mid-summer and mid-winter) to review applications. Selected Artists are submitted to the Arts and Culture Steering Committee for final approval.

Any Artist or Organization included in the annual calendar will be assessed on its:

  • Appropriateness for the MSP airport audience;
  • Alignment with overall Program goals;
  • Professional qualifications;
  • Scheduling availability; and
  • Associated costs.



**Ongoing recruitment**

Opportunity Opens

Friday, Oct 4th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Jan 31st 2020, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists