What is MPAC?
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.
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.
Who attends the Conference?
- Rural and urban presenters
- Performing artists, managers, promotional staff
- Community concert representatives
- Representatives of state and regional arts councils
- School administrators
- Summer fair and festival representative
What are the Conference’s features?
- Get-acquainted session
- 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.)
- Live Showcase featuring 17 juried artists