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Contact: Stephen Barefoot

NCPC Administrative Director
email or phone: 919.489.1541


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NCPC Membership Criteria, Dues & Benefits of Membership

Founded in 1991, North Carolina Presenters Consortium, Inc. is a not-for-profit membership association comprised of professional performing arts presenting organizations throughout North Carolina and industry professionals from NC and beyond who share the mission of bringing artists and audiences together. NCPC is supported by member dues, program fees, and through grant subsidy from the North Carolina Arts Council. Additional in-kind support is provided by our NC statewide project partner, OUR STATE Magazine.

Criteria for Membership

For both NC and non-NC presenting organizations to enjoy full membership status, the following criteria must be met:
1) proof of official 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status;
2) presenting (as distinguished from “producing”) at least three events featuring professional touring artists/companies per year;
3) the presentation of a cultural-based programming being among the organization’s primary purposes.

Membership is also provided for emerging not-for-profit presenting organizations which present fewer than three events yearly or are in process of establishing or further developing a broader presenting program, and for professional artists, agents, managers, vendors & industry-related service providers.

Annual Membership Dues

Annual dues and member benefits vary for presenting members, agents, managers, performing artists, service organizations and industry-associated vendors. Membership year runs July 1-June 30. 

  • NC & non-NC Not-for-Profit Presenting Organizations

$50 when annual artist contracts total less then $25,000;
$75 when artist fees total less than $50,000 annually;  
$100, with artist fees less than $100,000 annually; and
$150 for artist contracts totaling more than $100,000 annually.

  • Non-Presenter Professional Business Members

$100 for Solo Professional Artist and/or Performing Arts Company;
$250 for Agency/Management/Vendor/Service Provider  

When your membership application is processed, you will be added to the appropriate listserv and you will receive a lengthy “orientation” email outlining numerous membership benefits, procedures & further instructions on access

Benefits of Membership

North Carolina Presenters Consortium, one of the most respected networks of its kind, currently provides the following membership benefits. Certain benefits may apply only to specific membership categories.

NC Presenting Organization Full Membership

Professional development & networking opportunities:  Membership in NCPC offers the opportunity to tap into the collective knowledge and expertise of its members and meet face to face with other members at arts conferences and at our regular in-state membership meetings.

• Membership contact directory on-line.

Member-only email listserv: immediate and easy access for communication with our full membership. With one email, you can reach 200+ NCPC members to ask for advice, discuss professional issues, consider booking opportunities etc.

• Cooperative booking benefits:  NCPC’s active collaborative booking opportunities offer significant savings on artist contract fees and are valuable professional resources for your season’s development.

• Access at Inclusion in inked member contact roster and other resources at, the NCPC organizational website.   The website provides an updated membership list, meeting schedules, online meeting & conference registration, updated bulletins on upcoming events, and much more.

• OUR STATE Magazine Partnership:  Presenting organization members may participate in high profile, full-page color ads in each month’s issue of OUR STATE magazine which list NCPC member events for the coming month. OUR STATE offers additional promotional benefits and partnership perks to NCPC members.

• Professional Development:  Always-valuable workshops, resource sessions, seminars and membership discussions regarding matters and issues of importance to the industry.

• Member-to-Member Assistance & Comraderie:  NCPC members build valuable and treasured professional and personal relationships which offer immense rewards and benefits for members on a one-to-one basis.  Members are available to others at almost any time for advice and consultation on issues of concern.  With the ease of online communication accessible to members through the NCPC listserv, information is often only moments away.   NCPC members enjoy each other’s company!  Meetings are well-organized, professionally beneficial, educational -- and just plain fun!  

Non-NC Presenting Organization Membership Benefits

Membership is offered to presenters from outside the state of North Carolina, in addition to in-state emerging not-for-profit presenting organizations.  (See list of presenter-membership criteria.)  Non-NC membership entitles the organization to all the presenter member benefits listed above with the exception of the opportunity to be included in the display ads in OUR STATE magazine.

Professional Non-Presenter Membership Benefits
Performing Artists, Agents/ Managers, Service Providers, Industry Vendors

Non-presenter members’ support is vitally important in furthering the work and services of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium.  All professional/business members are listed on the NCPC website and are invited to a yearly gathering facilitating face-to-face time between presenters, artists, agents and vendor members.  Only presenter-category members may attend NCPC collaborative booking meetings.

One of the most valuable benefits for corporate and professional members is access to and inclusion on the NCPC email listserv -- an extremely easy-to-use and effective tool for publicizing arist routing availabilities, etc. Non-presenter members are invited to attend group functions at professional regional conferences and may co-sponsor or underwrite social & professional projects for the NCPC group. Professional non-presenter members may also receive advance notice and registration fee discounts for events such as the biennial ArtsMarket conference.