MPAC 2023 Conference Information for

Artists & Artist Management

The Montana Performing Arts Consortium (MPAC) announces the 40th annual artist showcase and conference. The conference will be held January 27-29, 2023 in Fort Benton, Montana.

Artist showcases take place on Saturday, January 28, with artist tech times beginning Friday, January 27 at 4:30pm.

 

Mike Jones will provide professional sound. Don Phillips is the stage manager with a 3-person crew. 

The showcase events are important for artists who wish to reach presenters who do not attend large national or regional booking conferences. Approximately 18 presenting organizations in Montana are expected to attend the MPAC conference and showcase. It is a great time for artists to meet presenters and build contacts vital to bookings. MPAC emphasizes educational and community residency activities in addition to a community performance. 

PLEASE NOTE: Artists who offer no residency activities (e.g., school show) are considered at a lower priority for rural communities. Residency and educational outreach are important factors for grant funding. 

 

During the conference there are several casual and formal opportunities to interact with presenters, managers, arts advocates, and other artists. MPAC schedules resource room hours, receptions, and unique events to foster conversation. In the “Turn The Tables” session presenters share their materials at booths in the resource room while artists have a chance to walk around and meet them. Our showcase day culminates in an informal Artist Jam Session which is a fun networking opportunity for attendees.

 

MPAC is a cooperative effort between professional artists and presenters. If you have a concern, please contact artist representative and board member, Alyssa Roggow (click here). Ms. Roggow has showcased at the MPAC conference and toured extensively in Montana.

Artists interested in performing in the showcase will need to complete the Juried Showcase application. There are 17 showcase time slots limited to 12 minutes each. In order to present the highest quality performers possible, all entries to the showcase will be juried. Showcasing artists must purchase a booth for the conference.

Juried Showcase Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)

Artist Registration & Booth: $150

Optional conference meals: $25 dinner, $15 lunch

Artists and management companies are welcome to attend the conference without applying for or performing a showcase. Click on the link below to register for a booth in the resource room. 

Artist Registration & Booth: $150

Optional conference meals: $25 dinner, $15 lunch

The Montana Performing Arts Consortium annual artist showcase and conference relies on grant support from Montana’s Cultural Trust, the Montana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.