Montana Performing Arts Consortium (MPAC) is a non-profit tax-exempt coalition of Montana and regional performing arts presenting organizations and artists. Founded in 1981, MPAC’s mission is to:
1.) promote booking of quality artists, 2.) increase skills in presenting and touring, and 3.) reduce expenses for artists and presenters through block-booking.
For more information, visit MPAC's History page.
What is the annual Showcase and Conference?
The showcase and conference are the result of a cooperative effort between member presenters and performing artists. Each year representatives of approximately two-dozen presenting organizations in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, plus a like number of artists and management companies gather as a cost-effective way for marketing, booking, and continuing education.
If interested in applying for the next Showcase and Conference, information and guidelines can be found here for and here for .
Who attends the Conference?
Rural and urban presenters
Performing artists, managers, promotional staff
Community concert representatives
Representatives of state and regional arts councils
Summer fair and festival representative
What are the Conference's features?
Sample the works of 17 international, regional, and Montana artists in the juried showcase.
Additional artists with video or audio samples of their work in the Resource Room.
Social opportunities for artists and presenters to meet informally.
Dessert event on Friday night and artist jam session on Saturday evening.
Block-booking meeting for presenters.
Travel stipends for Montana presenters, one per organization. (For those from out-of state, please check with your state arts agency for possible travel assistance.)