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2023 MLA Performers Showcase

  • 4 Oct 2023
  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Holiday Inn Executive Center-Columbia Mall at 2200 Interstate 70 Dr SW, Columbia, MO 65203


  • I wish to be considered for a Performance Time. I understand that if I am not selected, I may choose to attend at the Table only level and will be refunded $30, or I may choose to not attend and may request a full refund.

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Missouri Library Association 2023 Performers Showcase

Attention performers and entertainers:

The Missouri Library Association will be hosting its Annual Conference October 4-6, 2023, in Columbia, MO.  The Performer Showcase Selection Committee is looking for performers to share their offerings for quality programming appropriate for children, teens, and/or families at a reasonable cost to the host libraries.

All attendees of the MLA 2023 Conference will be invited to attend a Performer Showcase scheduled for Wednesday, October 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Selected performers will be scheduled for a 10 minute demonstration slot between 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on October 4. Then from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., attendees may visit performers’ tables to pick up information and ask questions. This is a great opportunity to present a short sneak preview of your program, distribute promotional materials and speak with librarians from around Missouri.

Registration Types

  • Performance Time, Info Table, Directory Ad and Link - $130 (Please understand that if you choose this registration type and are not selected to perform, you may still attend at the Table only level and will be refunded $30, or choose to not attend and may request a full refund.)
  • Info Table, Directory Ad and Link - $100
  • Directory Ad and Link - $60
  • Link only - $30

Please note the following details before applying:

     Due to time constraints and with the goal of providing a range of programming choices for our conference attendees, all applicants may not be scheduled to perform during the Showcase.

     Each performer chosen will be given ten minutes, including set up and take down time, to perform for the conference attendees.

     Performers will be provided with tables to display and distribute promotional materials.

     A print and online directory of performers will also be published; the print directory will be distributed to all conference attendees and the online directory will be available on the MLA website. The contents for both directories will be obtained from the information you provide in your Performer Showcase application; please be as complete and accurate as possible.





Your completed application must be submitted by July 17, 2023 to be considered for inclusion. Please note the following information regarding the application, invoices, and payment.

  • This application will become a contract only upon electronic submission of this form, acceptance of your application by the committee, and subsequent payment in full of all fees.
  • The selection committee will notify all performers of their acceptance status by July 24, 2023.
  • Placement in the showcase lineup will be considered secure only upon receipt of invoiced fees.
  • Payment of fees will not be accepted after July 31, 2023. Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via email to prior to September 1, 2023. All cancellations are final.

We look forward to another great Performer Showcase this year!


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