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Conference Profile

OAPN 2024 Conference

When:

Where: Toledo, OH, USA

Organizer: Ohio Arts Professionals Network

Application Fee: $60.00 USD

Deadline: (Passed)

About The Conference

Application Opens: March 1
Deadline EXTENDED due to holiday: April 1 by midnight

Attention all performing artists! Get ready to ignite your creativity and elevate your career at the Ohio Arts Professionals Network's regional booking Conference, from September 29 to October 2, 2024, in the vibrant heart of Toledo, Ohio – "The Glass City"!

Join us for a networking-focused, in-person regional booking conference where every moment is designed to inspire, connect, and propel your relationships with those in attendance. Immerse yourself in a dynamic atmosphere filled with networking opportunities, juried showcase performances, and professional development sessions that will sharpen your skills and expand your horizons.

Thanks to the incredible support from Arts Midwest and the Ohio Arts Council, we're gearing up to welcome over 200 attendees from all corners of the arts world. Whether you're a state consortia member, a presenter seeking new talent, a multi-disciplinary artist ready to shine, an agent with top talent, or an arts professional hungry for fresh perspectives – this is the conference for you!

Contact Info

Contact

Jessica Rosenblatt

Address

PO Box 10606,
Columbus, OH
United States 43201

Phone

(614) 219-9965

About The Conference

Application Opens: March 1
Deadline EXTENDED due to holiday: April 1 by midnight

Attention all performing artists! Get ready to ignite your creativity and elevate your career at the Ohio Arts Professionals Network's regional booking Conference, from September 29 to October 2, 2024, in the vibrant heart of Toledo, Ohio – "The Glass City"!

Join us for a networking-focused, in-person regional booking conference where every moment is designed to inspire, connect, and propel your relationships with those in attendance. Immerse yourself in a dynamic atmosphere filled with networking opportunities, juried showcase performances, and professional development sessions that will sharpen your skills and expand your horizons.

Thanks to the incredible support from Arts Midwest and the Ohio Arts Council, we're gearing up to welcome over 200 attendees from all corners of the arts world. Whether you're a state consortia member, a presenter seeking new talent, a multi-disciplinary artist ready to shine, an agent with top talent, or an arts professional hungry for fresh perspectives – this is the conference for you!

Conference Overview

Join us at the 2024 OAPN Regional Booking Conference for a networking-focused, in-person conference showcasing diverse talent across all performing arts disciplines. Our Official Juried Showcase will feature 30 exceptional artists, each delivering a dynamic 15-minute set over three days.

Curated by a committee comprised of agents, artists, presenters, and past showcasing talents, our juried showcases promise a vibrant array of performances spanning dance, theatre, magic, one-person shows, comedy, young audience/educational, and various musical genres.

To be considered for this opportunity, submit your application via I Want To Showcase before the deadline on Sunday, March 31, 2024 at 11:55 PM EST.

Your showcase will be presented on stage at the historic 901-seat Valentine Theatre at 410 Adams Street. Full lighting, sound, and backline will be provided.

Each artist will receive 30 minutes for tech and soundcheck during the morning of their evening showcase. While we strive to accommodate your production needs, please note that our showcase format may differ from your regular tech rider in a more limited capacity. Selected Artists will have a direct line of communication with our production manager to confirm that your needs are met.

Artists will have 15 minutes to present their show to our attending Presenters and other conference attendees in the audience.

Before submitting, please confirm your availability for all three juried showcase days:

  • Sunday, September 29, 6-10 pm
  • Monday, September 30, 6-10 pm
  • Tuesday, October 1, 6-10 pm

Please note: Artists will not be able to select their preferred day or time. This year's showcase will be curated by our production manager that is in the best interest of the Artists performances, and staging needs for that evening.

Please ensure all sections of the IWTS application are completed for full consideration.

Additionally, we're excited to announce our sponsorship opportunity, the "EDIA Emerging Artist" scholarship, designed to support Ohio-based, self- or unrepresented artists from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or disabled communities. This scholarship covers all expenses associated with showcasing and attending our conference, including registration, exhibit hall booth, showcasing fees, hotel accommodations, travel stipends, and more. Eligible artists can indicate their interest during the application process.

Apply now!

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Showcase Provisions

Selected applicants must be available to perform in person at OAPN's in-person conference. Juried showcase time slots are

  • Sunday, September 29, 6-10 pm
  • Monday, September 30, 6-10 pm
  • Tuesday, October 1, 6-10 pm

Payment: $375.00 USD Artist Tech fee. Additional expenses such as Registration, Hotel, and daily costs (travel, food, etc.) are the responsibility of the applicant.

OAPN will provide the following for showcase artists:

Sound: A full FOH and monitor sound system will be provided, with a 5-minute changeover allowance.

Lighting: A preset static wash will be available; special lighting requests must be specified.

Backline: Standard equipment will be provided; artist-provided drum kits are not allowed.

Piano: A tuned 6’ or 7’ grand piano will be available.

Sound Check: Performers must attend a 30-minute sound check/stage setup in the morning of their showcase.

Dressing Room: Facility dressing room will be provided.

Parking: Loading dock provided; bus parking at an additional cost charged to artist.

An OAPN Production Manager will assist with showcase needs, but modifications may be necessary due to time constraints. Only IATSE local crew may operate equipment unless otherwise agreed upon.

Please note: The Production Manager is solely responsible for the Juried Showcase schedule, and no exceptions or changes will be made for Artist/Agent requests. Failure to perform during the assigned slot will result in removal from the 2024 juried showcase schedule.

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Showcase Criteria

Artists who submit to showcase will go through a rubric grading style process led by OAPN’s showcase jury. This jury is composed of experienced presenters, artists, and other arts professionals from across the state who represent diverse communities, genres, and expertise.

If you are an Agent, please fill out an application for each showcasing act.

Ohio Arts Professionals Network’s Showcase Committee reviews all submitted information and determines which applications will move forward based on artistic quality, readiness to tour, professionalism, marketing materials, and performing experience among many additional factors. It is essential that the materials provided to the jury reflect the quality of the artist's work.

Those who were accepted as Juried Showcase Artists in 2022 are not eligible to submit to showcase for our 2024 conference.

Artists should be prepared to showcase the performance that was stated in the application. Any changes to configuration must be proposed for consideration by OAPN’s Showcase Committee as early as possible prior to the conference.

Complete applications must be submitted along with the $60 application fee by 11:55 PM on Sunday, March 31, 2024. All applicants will be notified of their status in mid April.

If selected to showcase, the Artist or Agent must be a current OAPN Member. [Become a Member or Renew Here https://www.oapn.org/become-a-member]

OAPN celebrates all of the voices, perspectives, and experiences who make Arts & Culture their life’s work. We actively welcome all people as part of the OAPN community regardless of race, socioeconomic class, color, national origin, religion, diverse perspectives, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, neurological or physical ability, veteran status, legal status, or education level.

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Terms & Conditions

Submission of this form constitutes acceptance and acknowledgement of the following Terms & Conditions of applying for and/accepting a juried showcase slot.

This application does not represent a commitment by OAPN to provide a Juried showcase for all who apply.

If selected to showcase:

• OAPN Membership must be current.

• Confirmation must be received within 5 business days of offer to showcase.

• OAPN assumes no responsibility for costs associated with showcasing.

• OAPN reserves the right to use showcasing artists' submitted images and content for the promotion of OAPN.

• If a selected act is unable to appear, no substitutions will be permitted for its showcase performance. The showcase jury will establish a list of alternates from the original applications using the same criteria as used for choosing showcasing artists. Therefore, cancellation of an act by an agent or promoter does not guarantee that the agent/promoter will have the opportunity to fill the vacant showcase.

• Any changes to the showcase, with the exception of chosen repertoire, must be pre-approved as this is one of the jury's considerations in making the final selections.

All fees are non-refundable unless Federal, State or local mandates necessitate of our postponing or cancelling the OAPN Conference.

No incomplete applications will be considered and showcase submission payment must be received by March 31, 2024. Please keep a copy of your e-mail confirmation of this application for your records. OAPN reserves the right to reject incomplete applications.

Ohio Arts Professionals Network does not assume any responsibility for member artists infringing on other artists' copyrighted material. Artists applying to showcase assume all responsibility in regard to copyrights, and ensure they either own rights or have obtained proper licenses to the material they are presenting for showcase consideration.

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