Showcase and Spotlight Selection Process

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The respect that I received from IPAY, demonstrated early on through a cheerful willingness to address any problem, left me feeling welcome, important, and confident. The cocktail parties, mixers, buffets, and other meetings open to ALL participants, not only represented a profound return-on-investment, but also proved invaluable professional networking opportunities. Over twenty-two years of touring I have exhibited at APAP some fifteen times, six times in Frieburg, Germany, at WAA, Arts Midwest, SAE and at many other regional presenting conferences. IPAY vastly surpasses all the others in creating a nurturing, morale-building environment. IPAY's policy of presenting a limited number of hour-long, fully teched showcases further illustrates a general respect for artists and their projects."
Andy Horowitz, President & Director/Performer, Galumpha

Nightswimming, Canada, Showcase 2009 Performer

The Selection process developed by IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth), while subjective, is founded on a desire to create an equitable balance for the showcasing and presentation of professional programming for young audiences that reflects the needs of presenters, agents, artists and educators. Through an extensive three-day review process, the IPAY selection committee, comprised of leaders in the field of family programming, creates a programming balance of international arts disciplines reflecting diversity in age range, performing arts genres, trends, and audience draw—with a common denominator of high artistic standards. Shaping a forum for the range of national and international work that is being created in this field at the time, and focusing on quality work that is appropriate for a variety of venues and markets, is crucial.


When making final selections, the committee has agreed upon the following criteria* for quality: *Adapted from the "Keynotes on the Seven Criteria for Quality" developed by the Danish Association of Theatre for Children.


With these criteria in mind, the selection committee begins the review process.

Keep in mind this is a subjective and dynamic process. Each year can be very different based on the pool of applications received and the makeup of the selection committee. Regardless, the overarching criterion is that of quality and an overall balance or work represented.

If, ultimately, a work is not selected for Showcase, it will be considered for a a 10-minute, low-tech selection of the show or "Spotlight." Spotlights will be chosen based on the selection committee's review of the applications. Regardless of results, we highly recommended that the company attend the conference and network with other professionals. This is a good way to bring the company name and/or the work to everyone's attention.


Yes, if your work meets the above-mentioned criteria and is:


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