The Louisiana Presenters’ Network (LPN) is a statewide organization whose members include presenters — both large and small — artists, agents, and other arts fans. The Louisiana Presenters’ Network is a project of the Louisiana Partnership for the Arts.
What is a Presenter?
A performing arts presenting organization or entity works to facilitate exchanges between artists and audiences through creative, educational, and performance opportunities. A presenter could be an arts council, a performing arts theater, a festival, a library, a concert hall, an educational institution, a coffee shop or a variety of other types of organizations. Programs may be presented in a range of art disciplines including traditional and modern dance, theater, opera, music, children’s events, and many more.
If you are a Presenter, become a member of our Louisiana Presenters Network.
Membership is FREE for the first year! Here are some of the benefits of becoming a member of LPN:
- Professional Development: Workshops, networking opportunities and other professional development convenings are held bi-monthly (every 2 months).
- List-Serve: Members will be part of an industry list-serve that will exchange information, share trends and opportunities, and encourage collaboration through discussion between presenting organizations.
- Block-booking Benefits: This is a valuable resource for both big and small venues providing a huge savings on artist contract fees.
- Access to Funding: As a member of LPN, we will notify you of any funding opportunities targeted to presenters and you will receive an invitation to apply to the Gulf States Initiative Grant.
- GSPN Membership: As an LPN member, you will automatically become a member of the Gulf States Presenters Network (GSPN). Your organization will have a membership listing as well as access to artists across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
What is the Gulf States Presenters Network (GSPN)?
GSPN began in August of 2014, when representatives from LPN as well as presenting executives from Mississippi and Alabama convened to discuss the state of the arts in their respective regions. The conversation revolved around mutual feelings of isolation and frustration due to increasing difficulty to find resources and funding. Joining forces, they imagined, could counteract these obstacles. Through this discussion, the idea of the tri-state Gulf States Presenters Network was formed. Creating a “super network” of presenters and artists, they felt, would create strength in numbers and a wider impact that could help stabilize the artistic collective.
What is the Gulf States Initiative Grant?
The GSPN is unique to any presenters network in the country, since its core consists of a grant program presented mutually by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Mississippi Arts Commission, and the Alabama Arts Council. All three state arts councils have each offered a grant pool of $12,000 for their presenters to present artists (many of them are emerging) from the other two states season.
Louisiana Artist Roster
The Louisiana Division of the Arts will be hosting the Louisiana Artist Roster. If you are an artist who would like to be considered for Block-booking by the GSPN, you can read the official guidelines here and fill out the LDOA Artist Roster application.
Images from BackStage Pass – Hattiesburg MS, 2015
The Gulf States Presenters Network (GSPN), met recently to discuss collaboration opportunities at BackStage Pass, a conference hosted by the Mississippi Main Street Association, Mississippi Arts Commission and the Visit Mississippi.
The conference focused on planning for festivals and special events (especially those that exposed the authentic characteristics of communities) through the sharing of ideas and experiences with other event planners throughout the Southeast. It was the perfect venue for all three states to showcase some of their local talent. The double-stage format allowed artists to perform seamlessly, as one artist finished on the first stage, another artist began on the second, keeping the energy and momentum flowing.
LPN Chairman, Roy Blackwood (second photo above) and LPA Chairman, Patricia Prudhomme (third photo, 2nd from right) were pleased to participate in this successful event. “We had a great presentation and were able to talk about the GSPN network” said Roy Blackwood, “Our people held their own and did great job!”
“GSPN is growing in strength and numbers…everyone that went to Hattiesburg had a great experience” said Patricia Prudhomme.
The Presenters’ Network is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
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If you are a presenter and would like to participate and showcase artists through the Presenter’s Network, please send an email of inquiry to: email@example.com or fill out this form and become a member of our Louisiana Presenters Network.