We offer a variety of sponsorships designed to fit your interests, ensure you maximum exposure for your investment, and support the vital work of the Conference.

Take advantage of these opportunities to promote yourself or your artists; advertise your Spotlight or independent showcase; share information about a new series or upcoming event; or let everyone know about your funding opportunities.

Why sponsor? Our opportunities help both artists, managers, agents, and presenting organizations increase visibility before and during the Conference.

For sponsorship packages and questions, contact Colleen McLaughlin at 612.238.8052 or [email protected].

The Doo Wop Project, represented by BiCoastal Productions, perform at the 2017 Arts Midwest Conference as the Brunch Performance sponsor. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

Performance Sponsorships

Luncheon: Thursday, September 6

(sponsor confirmed)
The Luncheon sponsorship is heavily sought after every year. You or your artist will perform in front of hundreds of presenters at this full-Conference gathering.

Brunch: Saturday, September 8

(sponsor confirmed)
Host the final event before the last session in the Marketplace and gain exclusive visibility for yourself or your artists.

Spotlight Showcase: Date TBD

(sponsor confirmed)
A prime opportunity to gain visibility among hundreds of presenters at the Spotlight Showcases.

Performance sponsors are chosen on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in future opportunities or adding your name to the waiting list, please contact Colleen McLaughlin, vice president for advancement.

Indianapolis gondola rides. Photo courtesy of Lavengood Photography.

Hospitality Sponsorships

Opening Party: Wednesday, September 5

(sponsor confirmed)
Kick off the Conference right by being the first to welcome your colleagues and friends to the 2018 Conference at the Opening Party.

Closing Party: Saturday, September 8

(sponsor confirmed)
Celebrate another successful Conference as the Closing Party and leave a lasting impression on everyone in the room.


(sponsor confirmed)
Be the one to provide your colleagues the chance to hear from key thought leaders in the field during this annual Conference gathering. Past speakers include: Harmony Project and David Brown, Oskar Eustis, Lisa Carling (Theatre Development Fund), and Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews (Witness Uganda).

Charging Station

Investment: $2,000–3,000
Keep your colleagues connected during the Conference. Every time your colleagues check their email they will be reminded of your generous sponsorship.

Gondola Rides

Investment: $1,750
Make the Opening Party a night to remember! Welcome guests as they board a gondola for a relaxing ride along the canal and beautiful views of downtown Indianapolis.

Extended Coffee Break: Thursday, September 6 + Friday, September 7

Investment: $1,750 (two opportunities available)
Keep the coffee flowing into the morning hours of the Marketplace. Serves 300 guests.

Cookie Break: Friday, September 7

Investment: $2,850
Offer a sweet treat of cookies and whole fruit on Friday afternoon in the hall. Serves 400 guests.

clockwise from left: woman carrying tote bag with sponsor logo, notepad with chinese writing; and basket of mints with sponsor logo
Tote bag, notepads, and mints sponsored at the Arts Midwest Conference. Left and bottom right photos by Joshua Feist. Top right photo by Tiffany Rodgers.

Product Sponsorships

Place your name at everyone’s fingertips by customizing one of the take-away items listed below, distributed to attendees onsite.

Tote Bags (sponsor confirmed)
Pen Investment: $2,500
Notepad (sponsor confirmed)
Name Tag Lanyards (sponsor confirmed)
Post-It Notes (sponsor confirmed)
Mints Investment: $750

from left: folded marketplace map, business card size pocket schedule, and notebook size folded booking calendar
Marketplace maps, pocket schedules, and booking calendars offer opportunities for promotional sponsorship at the Arts Midwest Conference. Photos by Joshua Feist.

Promotion Sponsorships

Pocket Schedule

(sponsor confirmed)
A must-have for every attendee, the handy pocket-sized schedule fits inside the name tags and offers easy reference and high visibility.

Booking Calendar

(sponsor confirmed)
Stay on everyone’s mind during and after the Conference with this two-year performance calendar—complete with major holidays and space to plan your tours and seasons.

Hotel Key Cards

(sponsor confirmed)
Publicize your logo and exhibit number on the room key cards for the Conference hotel and ensure your name is on everyone’s mind from morning until night.

Marketplace Map

Investment: $800 (1 opportunity remaining)
Highlight your exhibit space (and logo!) on the printed Marketplace map and direct attendees right to your agency. An easy, low-cost way to increase foot traffic and visibility.

Education Sponsorships

Professional Development

Investment: $350 (Non-exclusive opportunity)

(sponsor confirmed)
A core part of the Conference, we offer more than 30 professional development sessions throughout our four-day event. Place your logo on our session signs for one or more days of the Conference and take advantage of all the traffic as people attend these valued Conference offerings.

Arts Midwest is always open to new and creative suggestions for sponsorship opportunities and partnerships.