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Independent Showcases

Independent Showcases allow artists, managers, and agents to capitalize on the avid audience of presenters planning their upcoming seasons. In 2017, more than 200 independent and group independent showcases were listed in the Conference publications as taking place at or near the Conference venue(s) over the four-day event.

Showcase Listings

The deadline to purchase a listing for print publication was Thursday, July 19, 2018. Listings purchased at this time will only appear in the Conference app and on the Arts Midwest website.

Many showcase producers purchase ad space in print publications and use the attendee list to target their promotional efforts. For a nominal fee ($85), you can purchase a showcase listing for visibility in:

  • the printed program book (deadline passed)
  • the schedule posted on this website
  • the Conference app

Purchase a listing


Arts Midwest strongly encourages scheduling showcases during the dates and times below, which follow Conference programming each day. The Conference will not promote or publish listings for performances scheduled outside of these times.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 8:30 p.m.– midnight Following the Opening Party at Indiana State Museum
Thursday, September 6, 2018 9:30 p.m.– midnight Following Spotlight Showcases at Indiana Repertory Theatre
Friday, September 7, 2018 9:30 p.m.– midnight Following Spotlight Showcases at Indiana Repertory Theatre

Group showcasing

Many artists and agents team up to produce a showcase, and it is up to those interested parties to contact one another and explore the possibilities for collaborating on a group showcase. When you register for the Conference, indicate that you’d like more information about connecting with others interested in group showcasing, and we will compile and distribute everyone’s contact information so that you can connect.

Venue options

Most often, showcase artists/producers rent a meeting room in the Conference hotel; others choose an offsite venue near the Conference hotel. These venues may include theaters, clubs, churches, cafés, or other sites. Your choice of venue will depend on availability, you or your artists’ schedules, and the venue’s suitability for your performance and budget needs.

1. JW Marriott in Indianapolis

The deadline to request a room was March 9, 2018. This lottery determined the order in which producers were contacted by Arts Midwest to discuss availability. There are currently no remaining rooms at the JW Marriott.

2. Other local venues

Artists and managers are encouraged to explore other venues in Indianapolis. Download the list below and contact venues directly to confirm availability and rates.

Local Venues PDF

Conference Call for Interested Producers

Arts Midwest hostedt an informational, webinar-style conference call for all past and interested Independent Showcase producers. During the call, staff explained the room request process and provided insight about this year’s showcase rooms at the Conference hotel, the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. It will also be an opportunity for producers to ask questions and start to explore opportunities for collaboration with other producers.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
2:30 p.m. Central Time

Play the recording

Read the transcript