Town Inviting Interested Citizens to Submit Expression of Interest for Street Pianos

In Community


(Issued March 26, 2018 at 4 p.m. EST)
–– The Town of Cobourg would like to invite interested candidates within Northumberland County to submit their interest to paint and design one of three pianos for the ‘Keys to our Town’ street piano summer campaign.

Each summer, donated pianos are painted by local artists and displayed in various locations throughout the downtown and waterfront area and passersby are encouraged to play. The concept was based on the “Play Me, I’m Yours” project by artists Luke Jerram, originating in Sheffield, England.

Once artists complete their work, the pianos are secured to their chosen location as a public art project aimed at providing a free avenue for individuals to express their musical talents in a public setting. Over 10,000 people played the ivories over the last two summers.

The Town of Cobourg has posted the details of the Expression of Interest on the Municipal website under the “Bids and Tenders” page. Visit for additional information.

This project is open to artists, individuals and designers within Northumberland County. There are three pianos for the summer of 2018.

Theme: World War 1’s 100th Anniversary: An Era that Transformed our Identity as a Country

The selected artists will be paid a $500.00 honorarium and reimbursed for art supplies. Travel, insurance, studio space etc. are the responsibility of the artist, however, the Town of Cobourg will transport the original piano and finished piano to its permanent summer location. The Piano becomes the property of the Town from the beginning of the project.

How to Submit
Artists and/or individuals are asked to submit the following:

1) Cover letter: 1-2 two pages outlining your interest in the project
2) Written Concept & Sketch of the piano
3) Resume or Bio highlighting your credentials and relevant experience
4) Contact Information: Telephone, email, website and mailing address

Expression of Interest Packages due: Friday, April 13, 2018. Note: The pianos must be completed by June 18th and will be installed at various locations around Cobourg.

Please submit the required information to:

Town of Cobourg
Victoria Hall, Municipal Office
Attn: Jackie Chapman Davis, Community Events Coordinator
55 King Street West
Cobourg, ON, K9A 2M2
Phone: 905-372-9971 ext: 4150

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