What is the Juried Showcase?
Each year at the Annual Conference, the Juried Showcase highlights artists from various disciplines who have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants by a committee of WAA members.
Dates (Application Deadline & Notification)
Q: When does the 2020 application open?
A: February 3, 2020
Q: When does the application have to be submitted?
A: Applications must be received either through the online platform or at the WAA office by 5:00 pm PST Thursday, March 15, 2020. If you choose to mail your performance sample, address it to: Attn: Juried Showcase Application, Western Arts Alliance, 715 SW Morrison Suite 600, Portland, OR 97205-3102
Q: When will I be notified of the jury's decision?
A: Notifications will be sent to the email address provided on the application form no later than mid-May 2020 but more likely in April.
Q: When does the 2020 application close?
A: Friday, March 13, 202, | 5 pm PST
Application Form & Eligibility
Q: How do I apply?
A: Applications will open February 3, 2020, and must be submitted via I Want to Showcase.
Q: I am not a WAA member. Can I apply for WAA's Juried Showcase?
A: Yes: membership with Western Arts Alliance is not required to apply for a Juried Showcase, but if selected you or your manager must be a current WAA member registered for the WAA Conference by June 2020.
Q: How much does it cost to become a WAA member, and to exhibit at the conference?
A: Membership fees are listed on the Join WAA page and are based on the gross annual fees you or your manager contract for touring. Exhibit prices are based on exhibit type and membership level; they will be published online in mid-April. In 2019, exhibit prices ranged from $620 - $1,530.
Q: Can I check more than one Artist Discipline?
A: It is to your best advantage to check only one discipline. WAA presents applicants to the showcase jury by discipline, so choose the one category under which you would most like to be considered.
Application & Showcase Fees
Q: How much does it cost to apply?
A: The application fee is $95 and is non-refundable. If you are selected for a Juried Showcase, the application fee is applied to the total showcase fee of $800.
Q: What does the showcase fee cover?
A: The showcase fee covers the costs for tech rehearsal, basic technical equipment, rhythm section backline, piano (if applicable), and stage labor. It also includes two complimentary One-Day Artist Passes to attend the conference, as well as a complimentary listing and showcase description in the WAA Conference Guide and on the WAA Conference Website.
Selection Process & Feedback
Q: How many artists will be selected for the 2020 WAA Juried Showcase?
A: WAA's Showcase Jury may select a maximum of seven artists to showcase.
Q: How are artists selected?
A: The selection process is comprised of three rounds. In round 1 audio/video samples are played blindly by discipline for up to three minutes. This means that they are presented to the jury without introducing the name of the artist or manager. In round 2, the jury reviews the applications that passed round 1 in detail. This is the first time applicants' names are disclosed to the jury. round 3 is for final review, discussion, and selection.
Q: Will WAA provide jury comments to applicants?
A: No; WAA cannot provide comments to applicants because round 1 of the review process is blind - all applications are presented to the jury without introducing the name of the artist or manager.
Q: What performance sample do I need to submit?
A: Your performance sample(s) must represent current works that you will tour. Music applicants may upload audio files in addition to video files or mail a CD in addition to a DVD of a live performance. All theater and dance applicants must submit video of a live performance.
Q: Why can't my video sample have on-screen titles?
A: Round 1 of the jury's review process is blind - meaning ALL video submissions are presented to the jury without introducing the name of the artist or manager.
Q: Why can't I submit my promotional video?
A: The jury will not consider promotional videos, TV news features, etc. as part of artistic assessment; your live performance footage is the best way for you to demonstrate your artistic excellence and artistic merit, which are two of the three review criteria (the third is demonstrated ability to tour).
Q: What role does my audio/video sample play in the selection process?
A: The performance sample is what is presented to the jury in round 1. The jury will listen to or watch up to three minutes of material in round 1. Those applications that move on to round 2 are then reviewed in further detail.
Q: Does WAA have any tips to help me with my performance sample?
A: We suggest providing a selection of your best work (not just one piece or 3-minute clip) for the jury to review. If you mail your performance sample be sure to label your audio/video sample with the name of the work, performing artist(s), and date of recording. Program the DVD so that the jury can jump from one piece to the next: a Table of Contents programmed on your DVD that goes directly to the section you wish to show is very helpful. If you are burning a DVD or CD yourself, be sure to test it!