What is MPAC? Montana Performing Arts Consortium (MPAC) is a non-profit group of for profit and not for profit Presenter Organizations. Founded in 1981, MPAC’s mission is to: promote booking of quality artists; increase skills in presenting and touring; and reduce expenses for artists and presenters through block-booking. What is the Annual Artist Showcase & Conference? The AASC is the result of a cooperative effort between member presenters and performing artists. Each year representatives of approximately eighteen presenting organizations in Montana and Idaho, plus a like number of artists and management companies gather as a cost-effective means 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 representatives Conference features: WESTAF Tour West grant workshop and individual consultations with WESTAF staff; individual sign-ups available at check-in. Sample works of 17 Canadian, national, regional, and Montana artists in the juried showcase. Additional artists with video or audio samples of their work in the Resource Room. “Turn the Tables Resource Room” Friday afternoon. Presenters must have at least one person representing their organization in a booth to meet artists and answer questions. Artist jam session on Saturday evening. Block-booking meetings for presenters. Travel stipends for rural Montana presenters, one per organization. (For those from out-of-state, please check with your state arts agency for possible travel assistance.)
“We are funded in part by coal severance taxes paid based upon coal mined in Montana and deposited in Montana’s cultural and aesthetic projects trust fund.”