Independent Showcases


Basics: Independent Showcases are performances produced by artists, agents and managers in the conference hotel, convention center or in local venues after marketplace and Juried Showcase hours. These performances are not produced or managed by South Arts PAE. Affectionately known as “Indies”, these showcases encompass an enormous range of genres and talent levels. Indie Showcases fully round out the PAE conference experience with evenings of great art, entertainment and just plain fun!

Anyone may produce an Independent Showcase for PAE, but all artists must be represented in the marketplace and perform showcases during sanctioned hours. In order to advertise directly to PAE attendees, artists/producers must pay for listings (see below). Typically artists looking to showcase would either produce a showcase at an outside venue or purchase a time slot from an agent who is producing a room of showcases in the PAE hotel or convention center.

10 Things to Know About PAE Indie Showcasing


Indie Listings: Agents, managers, and artists who have purchased a booth and registered for the conference may list their Independent Showcases in the PAE program book, website and mobile app. Showcases must take place during sanctioned hours to be listed in conference materials. Listings are $75 for a single artist or $125 for multiple artists in one showcase.

Indie print listing deadline July 28, 11:59 pm ET.

Indie website and mobile app listing deadline September 8, 11:59 pm ET.

Leasing Space for Onsite Indies: PAE leases space for showcasing in official PAE facilities, but note that we encourage new attendees to showcase for a few years with other producers who are familiar with the process before undertaking the considerable expense and effort to produce a room of showcases. Once you are ready to produce showcases, you must first read our handy document with ALL the specifics of the space available. Next, any artist or agent considering leasing space from PAE must fill out an online application form in March/April and discuss specifics with South Arts staff . While we try to accommodate all who wish to showcase, there is typically more demand than supply. Priority is given to producers who book multiple nights and are in good standing with South Arts. South Arts is no longer accepting applications to lease space for onsite indies. 

Offsite Indies: Some cities lend themselves to showcasing outside of the official conference footprint. Atlanta has a number of potential independent showcasing locations within walking or short driving distance of the conference hotel.  Offsite performances are not produced or managed by South Arts PAE.

Curated LIST of potential venues for offsite showcasing. 

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Questions about showcasing or participating at PAE? Check out our FAQ for the answers to some common questions.