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2019 Independent showcasing

Following the conclusion of Conference programming each day, there is a strong and vibrant tradition of independent showcasing, especially at the Conference hotel, which is the Minneapolis Hilton in 2019.

Wednesday, September 4 8:30 p.m.– midnight
Thursday, September 5 9:30 p.m.– midnight
Friday, September 6 9:30 p.m.– midnight

Back-to-back short performances allow artists, managers, and agents to capitalize on the avid audience of presenters planning their upcoming seasons.

Showcase listings

The most effective way to get the word out about a showcase is to purchase a listing in which guarantees exposure in the app, as well as print booklets offered to presenters on-site.

It’s strongly encouraged to schedule showcases only during the official times, and only showcases taking place during these times may appear in listings.

The deadline to submit is July 18, and additional digital-only listings remain available for purchase through August 8.


Showcase producers must register for the 2019 Conference no later than May 30 and must purchase an exhibit space package OR attend with an organization that has purchased an exhibit space package.

Showcases may only include performances by artists/ensembles that purchased an exhibit space package or are formally represented by a manager/agent with an exhibit space.

Producer and showcasing artists/ensembles are responsible for any necessary licenses or permission to perform, promote, broadcast, transmit, or display any copyrighted works (including, without limitation, music, audio, or video recordings, art, etc.).

Producers with Spots Available

The following Independent Showcase producers have indicated that spots are available in their room for showcasing. Interested artists, agents, and managers should contact the producer directly to inquire about availability, tech set-up, and costs.

Cadence Arts Network

Contact: Karin Stein, 319/230-0076
Nights: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Location: Symphony I
A mix of shows, mostly musical, mostly with fewer than 6 performers, all only mildly amplified

EPIC Arts Management, LLC

Contact: Ron DeStefano, 917-532-6169
Nights: Thursday, Friday
Location: Conrad A
Midsize musical tributes (2 to 5 singers accompanied by 3 to 5 piece band) and jazz artists (3 to 5 performers).

Four Mortals Productions, Inc.

Contact: Crandall Rogers, 518/461-4080
Nights: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Location: Grand Ballroom E
Various – music (large electric acts), dance, magic

Goodman Artists

Contact: Tiffany L. Goodman, 773/283-2830
Nights: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Location: Conrad D
A curated experience of musical acts. Genres would cover, jazz, world, pop, eclectic. Other disciplines welcome, such as dance, ventriloquy, comedy, etc.

Jodi Beach

Contact: Jodi Beach, 815/979-7937
Nights: Friday
Location: Conrad C

Knudsen Productions

Contact: Craig Knudsen, 510/549-1777
Night: Wednesday
Location: Duluth
Music acts, most likely featuring strong vocals (requiring relatively minimal sound support).

Lisa Rock Entertainment

Contact: Lisa Rock, 847/321-0856
Night: Thursday
Location: Duluth

Modern Arts and Music

Contact: Doug Wood, 216/956-3862
Night: Wednesday
Location: Conrad A
Acoustic – low-tech performances. (Singer Songwriters, classical ensembles)

MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies

Contact: Mister Mojo, 630/418-0820
Nights: Friday
Location: Marquette 1-2
Music, Dance, Theater, Film

PMI: Performance Management International

Contact: Manuel Prestamo, 786/592-1868
Nights: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Location: Grand Ballroom G
A broad variety of acts, including dance and pianists or groups with pianists.

Showstopper Entertainment LLC

Contact: David Shenton, 917/647-7288
Nights: Friday
Location: Duluth
Music, bands, comedians

Wells Entertainment

Contact: John Di Lorenzo, 561/306-2578
Nights: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Room: Symphony III
A broad variety of acts including bands, comedy, broadway style

Producing a showcase room

Each February or March, Arts Midwest contacts past producers and shares details about 8-10 rooms available at the Conference venues for independent showcasing. Interested producers who request a room by a pre-announced deadline are entered into a lottery that randomly determines the order they can select the rooms.

Independent Showcasing PDF

Most showcasing takes place in meeting rooms or ballrooms, but registered attendees are encouraged to choose another venue, such as a theater, club, church, or café.

Local Venues PDF

Group showcasing

Many artists, agents, and managers team up to produce a showcase. Each year 10-15 producers take on the responsibility of coordinating a showcase evening at the Conference hotel, and many will have slots in their schedule available for new artists and ensembles. Let us know if you’re interested in receiving the contact information for producers who we’re aware of. Producing a showcase at an offsite location? Let us know, and we’ll help spread the word.

Sign up for group showcasing