FIRST TIME ATTENDEE - TIPS FOR PRESENTERS
How will the Conference benefit mean and what should I expect from this experience?
• Network with new and experienced colleagues in the performing arts.
• Gain insight and knowledge from professional development sessions and other colleagues.
• Meet artists and artist managers/agents and view the work of established and emerging artists and ensembles.
• See live performances of quality artists during the Juried and After Hours showcases.
• Learn about current trends in the field.
• Develop a sense of the field of arts presenting
• Develop a network for future questions and concerns
• Learn how to take your next step in developing your season or event
• A small notebook and stapler are useful for organizing business cards and making notes.
• Don’t forget your business cards!
What do I need to do to prepare to meet and talk with the artist’s representatives?
• Know about your venue(s)
• Know about your audience’s tastes
• Know your budget
• Know your residency needs or wishes
• Know your housing options for artists
• Know your schedule
What technical information should I know?
• Width, depth and height of stage flooring
• Wing space
• Number of lighting instruments
• Sound and other available technical equipment (clear com systems, etc)
• Type of stage
• Dimensions of apron and / or pit (if any)
• Color of curtains
• Dance floor
• # of legs and borders
• Number of seats in the hall
• Number of dressing rooms / green room / showers
• Loading dock and parking
What should artist’s representatives be able to tell me?
What booths should I visit?
Why attend the showcases?
Attending the showcases (both juried and after hours) is a crucial part of your educational experience and getting the most out of the booking conference. There are 34 Juried showcases in the conference schedule in four blocks. A panel that judged them for their quality and suitability for northwest touring chose the artists in the Juried showcases.
How do I check out the artists I might want to book?
What other events should I attend?
Attend as many of the conference activities as possible, including professional development institutes, workshops, and block booking meetings, the general membership meeting & the keynote dinner. Sign up for a one-on-one consultation if it would be useful to you. The conference offers a host of opportunities for education and professional growth, allowing you new insights on the field. Meal functions and social activities allow time for networking and fun.
How can I effectively meet so many people?