Manitoba Showcase is an annual conference where performing artists connect with rural arts presenters!
This year Manitoba Showcase 2021 will be completely online on October 28th-30th. Fifteen artists will be selected by jury to pre-record their virtual Showcase to be uploaded to www.thepitch.ca, a marketplace for the Performing Arts and full-featured digital showcasing service that connects artists and arts, presenters/buyers. The majority of the showcase video production costs will be covered by MAN. Our presenters/buyers will watch the showcase videos over a 1-2 week period prior to our online conference. The online conference will feature professional development, networking, and one on one business meetings (between showcase artists/agents and presenters/buyers). Our Manitoba presenters/buyers are seeking to bring artists to their communities for the 2022-23 season. The Manitoba Arts Network coordinates a Block Booking program which schedules the showcase artist performances in different communities over consecutive dates. Manitoba Arts Network is the only organization that showcases and coordinates tours in rural Manitoba, generating $120,000 – $180,000 in artist fees throughout the year. Showcasing artists can receive future bookings beyond the 2022-23 touring season. The approximate rural Manitoba touring market is valued at $250,000.