The 2017 Contact East Conference will be held in Membertou, Nova Scotia, September 21-24, and the Maine Arts Commission will cover the application fee of the first ten (10) Maine artists/groups interested in showcasing. Application deadline is April 05, 2017.
In the ‘I Want to Showcase’ online application system there is an option to pay the Contact East fee by mailing a check. Artists from Maine should select this option for payment, but they do not need to mail any money. Instead, please send an email to Kerstin Gilg at the Maine Arts Commission to let him know you have applied. Kerstin.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact East is Atlantic Canada’s premiere performing arts booking conference. The event is made up of high-quality showcases, provocative speakers, professional development sessions, and informal meetings and networking. Each year the conference brings together performing arts presenters and in-demand, tour-ready performing artists to showcase contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, and youth-oriented programming.
Showcasing artists are chosen through a juried system administered by the conference, so applicants need to be tour-ready and of high caliber. This means artists/groups must:
- Be able to tour in Canada in 2018
- Have strong work samples for the application
- Have a solid showcase performance (15 to 20 minutes)
- Have a professional web and social media presence
- Possess business cards/ sample cd/dvd, one sheets, etc. share with booking presenters
- Have enough experience to know about touring dynamics (everyone on the tour has a passport, you have experience with contracts, you have an understanding of tour logistics, etc.)
|Learn more about the Contact East Conference|
|From the Contact East site you can access the ‘I Want to Showcase’ system|
There are several other terrific showcasing opportunities through I Want to Showcase, however, Contact East is the only application for which this subsidy can be used.
Maine presenters that are interested in attending Contact East can apply for travel support through the New England Foundation for the Arts Presenter Travel Fund.
For more information please contact Kerstin Gilg Director of Media Arts and Performing Arts at the Maine Arts Commission 207/ 287-6719 – email@example.com