How do I apply to be in the 2014 Showcase?
After reading through the FAQ, please fill out the online application here to be considered.
Who will be selected to appear in the 2014 Showcase?
To be considered, presenters must submit an application by the deadline date of September 30, 2014. While the Showcase is interested in presenters starting their careers, this is not an amateur show. All applicants are expected to have some previous experience with audiences in schools, libraries or other similar locations.
If more people apply to appear in the Showcase than there is room for, how are decisions made? Send your completed application form to arrive by September 30, 2014; all qualified applicants whose forms are received by then will be considered. Priorities will be set in this order:
- Performers who are willing to tour all the PLS 10 hometown libraries
- Performers who have never appeared at a PLS Presenters’ Showcase
- Returning performers who have not appeared in a PLS Showcase within the last 2 years
- In case of a noticeable imbalance in types of performances (e.g. 24 storytellers), effort may also be made to present a more varied roster of types of performers.
Concerning price, what does “within a nonprofit’s budget” mean? Can’t I charge whatever I want to charge?
Public libraries have no standard budget for presenters; money for such events is pulled together from a variety of sources, including Friends of the Library groups and, occasionally, local and state grants. Public libraries offer their programs for free and with the fervent hope that such events will provide a springboard to draw their audience into the greater resources of the library. The PLS Showcase strives to spotlight performers who are able to present programs to library audiences at a modest rate.
What is the Showcase timeline?
Starting in August, we will e-mail monthly acknowledgements to those whose 2014 applications have been received. Selection will be finalized by October 1, 2014. Those who are accepted as well as those who are not will be notified of their status. If there is no room for you in this year’s Showcase, you may send brochures for distribution at the Showcase. Brochures for this purpose should be sent to Galyn Hembree, Programming Specialist, Pioneer Library System, 300 Norman Center Court, Norman, OK 73072. Please send no more than 50 pieces of any item.
I am not eligible to be in the Showcase this year because I appeared too recently, missed the deadline, or wasn’t selected. Can I still attend the Showcase event and network with the audience and other performers?
No. However, performers who are not in this year’s showcase may send their brochures to be available at the event.
What is the Showcase schedule? What do I actually do on Showcase day?
Each presenter is allotted 15 minutes only. The 15-minute limit is strictly and fairly enforced according to the best efforts of the MC. It is the presenter’s duty to time themselves. We may use an audible timer to indicate when the 15 minutes is up. You may choose to simply perform a 15-minute segment of your routine or you may also provide some kind of introduction that describes it, the audience you are aiming for, and variations of presentation. (Do you give workshops as well as performances? Do you allow opportunities for volunteers to join you? Do you encourage audience interaction? Do you have different approaches for different ages?) What can you do that most effectively represents your show? Generally, libraries have no stage, so prepare accordingly.
Who will be in the audience?
While most of the audience will be librarians from public libraries throughout the PLS three counties, you may also see people from schools and recreation departments who need performers for their children’s programs. While those attending will be looking particularly for summer programming, many libraries schedule special events all year round and a successful appearance at the Presenters’ Showcase may result in contacts over the next few years.
For the 2014 Showcase, we will have the following equipment available for all performers to use.
- A sound system with one wireless clip-on mike and one wireless hand held mike (which can be used with a stand as well); Because of time limitations, you should not bring your own sound system to set up. You are free to perform without a sound system.
- One basic CD player that plugs into a speaker;
- An internet connected computer with projector/screen set up.
- A couple of chairs, a table and a stool.
My show is very interactive. Can I count on any audience participation at the Showcase?
The Showcase audience that day should provide willing audience volunteers. Audience members will be interested in whatever you can do to bring your program to life and help them envision it in their library. Library audiences are usually well-behaved and enthusiastic; one of the challenges in working with a library audience is that the crowd is often mixed in age, with parents, grandparents and other caretakers attending along with kids from 3 to 14, or older. Performers who have worked with a specific age group, e.g. middle school, teens, or the very young are urged to share that experience, either in person or in the brochures.
Must I present something specifically related to the summer theme?
No, but you are encouraged to help the audience envision how your program content can be related to theme, if possible. SRP 2015 is Heroes. The slogans for 2015 are: Every Hero has a Story (Children), Unmask (Teen), Escape the Ordinary (Adult). SRP 2016 is Health/Fitness/Sports
I have special needs (separate dressing room/help unloading my car/ parking place/performance assistant). Come with as much preparation accomplished as possible, because we are unable to provide any support. The Showcase replicates the situation at most public libraries, which are minimally staffed and squeeze special events into tight spaces in which most staff will be focused on basic library operation.
When might I expect to hear about bookings?
While the immediate focus of the Performers’ 2014 Showcase is on the selection of performers for summer 2016, librarians are often interested in performers to supplement the coming summer’s slate 2015 or throughout the year. So, if you are not contacted immediately following the Showcase it may be that you will be contacted for a project not requiring early grant writing support, thus allowing for a shorter timeline.
Please fill out the online application before Tuesday, Sept. 30, to present at the showcases.