PIBF only accepts acts that are culturally appropriate and non-offensive. PIBF celebrates diversity, and we respect all cultures, ethnicities, gender, ages and backgrounds.

Application Process

• All applicants will need to pay a non-refundable processing fee of $16 via PayPal.

• PIBF will notify successful and unsuccessful applicants within 30 days of closure of applications via email.

• Successful applicants cannot perform in ‘like’ or similar events 30 days prior to the commencement of PIBF or 14 days after. We understand that performers need to work. However, if there is a conflicting event, similar in nature to PIBF we ask that you notify PIBF as soon as practical to discuss. Local shows and events, on a smaller scale, are of course exempt.

• Please contact PIBF for further information if clarification is required. Breach of these terms may result in immediate cancellation from the Perth International Burlesque Festival schedule and website.

General Information

  • In order for PIBF to run in an orderly manner we expect everyone involved to read and comply with all instructions. We have gone to great length to provide plenty of valuable information so we do appreciate that you take the time to understand our expectations.

  • All performers and staff must act in a professional and respectful manner to other artists, PIBF staff, assistants, technical support, venue staff and patrons. If performers do not respect these requests you cannot participate in PIBF. Bullying or harassment will not be tolerated.

  • Any performer who consumes too much alcohol prior to performing or working and cannot function adequately will be asked to leave the venue or premises forfeiting payment. No illicit drugs will be tolerated.

  • The dressing room must be left in a clean and orderly manner upon departure. We appreciate that burlesque performers are a little ‘messy’, however we do expect each person to leave the space as they found it. Please try to contain your costumes, makeup, luggage and props so that each performer has access to their own space. We understand at times the dressing rooms are small and it can be hard but please respect others in the space. Any damage to the venue will be the responsibility of the person/s who caused said damage.

  • Please be mindful of other performers and crew’s space. Try to contain your items as best you can.

  • All props or small items (other than your costume) must be made known to the Stage Manager or Assistant Stage Hands during your rehearsal.

  • Please try to have your hair and makeup done prior to your show. At times the dressing room can be small with limited mirrors so it makes it hard if everyone is trying to do hair and makeup prior to a show.

  • All performers are responsible for their own costumes and props. While PIBF will do everything to safeguard your property we cannot be held responsible for personal items due to loss, damage or theft. If you have left an item at the venue it is your responsibility to contact the venue to collect it.

  • All performers are responsible for load in, setup and load out of props. However, assistance will be given regarding props as available.

  • Large, heavy or awkward props must have prior approval by PIBF.

  • Under NO circumstances are personal friends, family or assistants allowed backstage at any time. If you require an assistant for your act, PIBF must be contacted for prior approval.

  • It is expected that you respond to all correspondence from PIBF in a timely manner and ensure PIBF emails are not going to your spam filter.

  • Please make sure you read ALL correspondence and respond to emails, Facebook messages and/or texts in a timely manner.


Correspondence will be via email and/or via a Facebook group. The Facebook group is for general information only. We highly recommend that you join this group to avoid delays in delivery of information. All successful applicants will be invited to this group at a later date.

  • It is an expectation that all performers read any correspondence that is related to the festival.

  • Emails will be answered within two days where possible unless urgent.

  • All correspondence between the performer and PIBF including this agreement is confidential and must not be discussed with a third party before, during or after the festival.

  • The Perth International Burlesque Festival will not tolerate damage, slander or libel which may cause harm or affect the reputation of the festival. This statement can be in writing, spoken words or even pictured.


  • All invoices to be forwarded to

  • Local and Interstate performers are to send a PDF invoice. 

  • International performers are required to send a PayPal invoice. Payments will then be processed as per the T&Cs.

  • Invoices must be sent within 14 days after the final show of PIBF 2019.

  • Late invoices cannot be accepted after the 1st December 2019 under any circumstances. We highly recommend you forward your invoice as soon as practical to avoid delays.

  • Late invoices will incur a $50 fee for processing outside of the invoice terms.

  • Invoices must be clearly labelled with the following – stage name, legal name, address, phone number, ABN, date of performance/s, act/s performed, fee. The only file type accepted is PDF.

  • PIBF does not pay personal or business GST, PayPal or bank fees. If you do not have an ABN, please fill out a Hobbyist Form which you can find online.

  • Performers will be paid within 30 days following the last day of PIBF 2019 regardless of when you performed via direct debit or PayPal.

  • PIBF is on tour October 2019 and are unable to process payments during this time.

  • Failure to follow these instructions may result in delayed payment.


  • Standard payment fees will be outlined in the contract for successful applicants.
    *Students are a non fee payment.

  • The Perth International Burlesque Festival does not pay deposits on scheduled acts.

  • The Perth International Burlesque Festival does not pay in advance.

  • The Perth International Burlesque Festival does not pay for travel expenses, hotels or meal allowances.

Public Liability

We highly recommend that local performers have their own ‘public indemnity’ insurance.

PIBF recommends Duck For Cover or DanceSurance. PIBF will have ‘Public Liability Insurance’:
Duck for Cover

  • International performers we recommend you have appropriate ‘travel insurance’.

  • Performers shall indemnify and not hold PIBF liable in the case of any Public Liability Claim brought against them relating to the performer.

  • The performer agrees that they are liable for and will indemnify PIBF against all claims for damage or loss of equipment relating to the performer as a result of traveling to and from the performance venue and conducting the performance.

Artist Passes/Complimentary Tickets

  • All performers will be entitled to an ‘Artist Pass’ to attend festival shows. ‘Artist Passes’ will be limited and available only to the successful applicant (not back up dancers or assistants). Performers will be notified at a later date regarding ‘terms’.

  • No complimentary tickets are offered to family or friends. They will need to purchase a ticket.

  • Friends and family may not be able to sit with you if you have an ‘Artist Pass’. We suggest if you want to sit together please purchase a ticket.

Performer Assistants

  • If you require an assistant during your act they must be approved by PIBF prior or during the application process. Assistants are only allowed backstage to prep two acts prior to your performance. Assistants cannot stay backstage after your performance, unless they have to pack down. Assistants are not entitled to an Artist Pass. Any snacks or drinks provided by PIBF are for the performers only and not for assistants.

Photography & Videography

  • Please be advised that PIBF will be photographed and possibly videotaped. By submitting your application and accepting the ‘Terms and Conditions’ you are agreeing to allow PIBF to use your images for ongoing promotional usage. PIBF is very mindful of using any photos or footage in a professional and appropriate manner. We are aware of being sensitive to posting ‘partial nude shots’, such as pasties. In general, we only post photos and footage we can use to promote future events.

  • PIBF will issue a separate audio-visual release form.

  • If a performer would like their act filmed or photographed by their own videographer or photographer, they must submit a request prior to commencement of the festival and is subject to approval.



Any photos or footage used from PIBF must be credited correctly with the following:

The Perth International Burlesque Festival 2019, performer name, show name, photographer or videographer name as applicable.


  • A cloud based link will be sent to successful applicants at a later date to upload images.

  • Performer images provided should be high resolution (minimum 300dpi) jpg or pdf files suitable for print or media (i.e. no nudity) clearly labelled with the performers name and show/s performing in e.g. Miss Example, The Tease Factory.jpg.

  • We suggest images with a white or dark background for media, as ‘busy’ images are often not accepted.

  • If you need to credit the photographer, please add the name of the photographer to the image you submit. While PIBF will certainly try to credit whenever we can it is not always possible to do so. If you do not have permission to use an image, please do not submit.


  • A cloud based link will be sent to successful applicants at a later date to upload music.

  • Music files must be labelled correctly with your stage name and show/s you are performing in (Miss Example, Opening Night.mp3). All tracks must be edited into one track.

  • Once provided music cannot be changed or significantly altered unless approved by the Perth International Burlesque Festival. Due to the high number of performers PIBF cannot risk double ups regarding music. While we appreciate some songs are popular and used repeatedly, we like to avoid too many similarities.

  • Music cannot be changed or altered three months prior to the festival.

Media and Marketing

  • PIBF will at times approach performers regarding publicity opportunities, which might include print, online or film. PIBF expects ALL performers to actively participate in promotion of the festival. While we understand that many of you are asked to promote various other events it is essential that participants promote PIBF wherever possible. PIBF will in return promote each performer and offer opportunities as they arise. 

  • All performers must list their participation in the Perth International Burlesque Festival accurately on all websites and social media profiles within seven days on confirmation.

  • It is an expectation of performers to promote the Perth International Burlesque Festival as much as possible following acceptance to the festival. A flyer, media release and website link will be forwarded to the performer for distribution. 

  • Performers may be asked to participate in publicity leading up to the commencement of the Perth International Burlesque Festival and are expected to be available whenever possible.

  • You may be contacted for specific marketing pitches. If you have a specific story of interest relating to your burlesque experience please forward to

  • Press images most likely to be published will be of high quality and contain no nudity or watermark. All care is taken to credit photographer where possible, however it is the responsibility of the performer to gain permission from the photographer for the images to be used in print and media.

Venues and Technical Information

  • Technical information regarding the stage, lighting, access to the venue, dressing room and so forth will be emailed closer to the time by the Production Coordinator.

  • Other than what is provided by the venue, the Perth International Burlesque Festival does not hire extra AV equipment for individual artists. If you require extra equipment you must discuss with the team immediately on confirmation. We will inform performers of what is available.

  • Onsite staff include a Production Coordinator, Stage Manager and Stage Assistants during the show.

  • No personal assistants/helpers are permitted under any circumstances unless prior approval has been given.

  • Formats and rehearsal forms will be sent seven to fourteen days prior to the commencement of the festival but are subject to change at any time due to unforeseeable circumstances. Performers will be notified of any changes to the schedule as soon as practical and must be contactable by phone or email so the Production Coordinator can inform you of any changes.

  • Tech runs and/or rehearsals will be available at the venue on the day of the events. Rehearsal times will be strict and subject to change. Late arrival to tech runs may mean you forfeit your spot. 

  • Acts submitted that are successful MUST not be changed unless discussed with the PIBF Director in advance. Acts can only be changed under extreme circumstances.

  • NO liquid, paint, chalk, blood, food, spray, sharp objects or fire is allowed unless direct approval is given by the PIBF Director.

  • Please be aware that some venues have a NO GLITTER policy, other venues encourage it - please seek approval by the PIBF Director.