Signature Event

The City of Bellingham, WA, seeks proposals from parties interested in and capable of producing a music related festival, special event or a unique public experience, “Signature Event”. This request seeks to identify a qualified producer with the experience, industry contacts and innovative vision for launching an annual music event that will encourage commerce, maximize national and regional exposure, enhance the existing quality of life for residents and become self-sustaining. 

All proposals must be received no later than NOON March 25, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. Proposals are to be submitted in a PDF format via email only to:

City of Bellingham Tourism Commission, Signature Event Proposal / Shannon Taysi
Email Shannon Taysi at –

The anticipated commitment is up to three years for purposes of providing seed money necessary to launch a new event. Up to $85,000 is available for the first year and approximately $60,000 is available for the two following years for one or more Signature Events.

Marketing and operational expenses are eligible. Marketing expenses includes activities designed to increase tourism, including but not limited to advertising, publicizing, or otherwise distributing information for the purpose of attracting and welcoming tourists; developing strategies to expand tourism and funding marketing of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists.

Operation includes, but is not limited to, typical expenses associated with managing and operating an event such as salaries, supplies, rentals etc.

Call Shannon Taysi with questions at 360-778-8360.