Thrival can only go as far as the community can take it. As a nonprofit, Ascender requires the backing of invested stakeholders who believe in the power of new ideas and value of entrepreneurs to community and economic development. For the last two years, our valued sponsors have made this festival possible by their generous financial and operational support. Please reach out to info@thrivalfestival.com for more information.


Thrival presents a fantastic opportunity to represent your brand and sell your products to an audience of thousands. We give special consideration to startup organizations, but we welcome all inquiries from vendors who are interested in providing first-class amenities to festival-goers. Please email info@thrivalfestival.com to apply.


We want to work with individuals and organizations that can bring unique artistic and experiential elements to the Thrival platform. If you think your art, program, activity, or talent can further our festival’s growth, please let us know!


Want to perform at Thrival Music? We welcome band/artist submissions up to May 30, 2018.

We also have other opportunities to perform on the Thrival platform over the course of the year.


Thrival isn’t a reality without the help of dozens of hard-working individuals who believe in its mission and its value. Our Street Team has been integral to the success of the Festival year after year. You are the fuel that will make this Festival a can’t-miss event in national conversations. Help Thrival grow!

Join Thrival Street Team


If you are interested in volunteering during Thrival Festival? If so, please fill out the form below. We continuously review applications, but due to festival planning it may have a delayed response — thank you for your patience.

Opportunities coming soon!

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteer roles are different than street team opportunities.


Thrival is hiring! We are looking for TWO exceptional self-starters to fill our open roles for Thrival Marketing Fellow – HumanXTech and Thrival Marketing Fellow – MusicXArts. Fellows will be responsible for helping to promote the Thrival brand through in-person events, management of our Street Team, and supporting social media campaigns. Applicants should be at least 18 years of age with an interest in gaining real world experience in promotions, social media, and management. The Thrival Marketing Fellows are required to work 5-10 hours a week at different events around the city and at the Ascender office in the East End of Pittsburgh. The position will begin as soon as possible and end on September 28. Please contact info@thrivalfestival.com to apply.