NACA® Conferences - Performing & Exhibiting

The 2021-22 Associate Member Guide is Here!

Welcome! You're here because you're interested in performing or promoting your business in front of college programmers & talent buyers from all over the country, and we're here to help you get there!

To get started, download and read the 2021-22 Associate Member Guide. This guide contains important policy, deadline and fee information for all NACA® Conferences. Please make sure you have read and understand the information in the guide before submitting to showcase and/or purchasing exhibit space.

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2021-22 NACA® Conferences

So How Does This Work? And How Much Will it Cost?

The process and costs associated with exhibiting and/or performing at NACA® Conferences will depend on several factors. Let's walk through them step by step!

Step 1: Be an active NACA Associate Member in good standing.
If you wish to attend one or more conferences for any reason, you must be a regional or national associate member for the 2021-22 membership year. Visit our membership site to find out which membership is best for you.

Step 2: Purchase exhibit space.
Whether you're planning to submit material for showcase consideration or promote your goods & services to the college market (or both), you must secure at least one exhibit booth in the Campus Activities Marketplace for each conference you wish to attend. If you are submitting to showcase, your material will not be reviewed by the selection committee if you have not completed this step.

Cost per booth (all regions): $335

Purchase Exhibit Space

Not planning to showcase? You can skip ahead to Step 5!

Step 3: Gather information for your act(s).
For each act you submit, you will need a bio, photo, pricing and other important information.

Step 4: Submit your showcase application(s).
This is where you specify the performance material you'd like the selection committee to review, which conferences you're submitting for, and which types of showcases you'd like to be considered for. Be sure to review our updated showcase categories before submitting.

Submission deadlines for each region are as follows:

  • NACA® Winston Salem: Wednesday, June 30
  • NACA® Hartford: Wednesday, June 30
  • NACA® Fort Wayne: Wednesday, July 7
  • NACA® Spokane: Wednesday, July 7
  • NACA® St. Paul: Thursday, December 2

Showcase submission fee
(per act, per conference): $150*

Submit Showcase Application(s)

*Showcase submission fees are non-refundable

Step 5: Register.
A minimum of one full registration is required for each company exhibiting in the Campus Activities Marketplace for each conference. Day passes are also available. 
Register now for:

Winston-Salem Hartford Fort Wayne Spokane St. Paul

Great! All Done. What's Next?

That all depends. If you didn't submit to showcase, all you have left to do is design your exhibit booth(s)! Make sure you've read the rules of the marketplace to understand what is and isn't permitted. If you're planning to do demonstrations of any kind (close-up magic, etc.) you will need to pay your booth demonstration fee. Questions about this? Contact Toire Vince at the NACA Office.

If you submitted a showcase application, you will be notified of final selections on the following dates:

  • NACA® Winston-Salem: Wednesday, July 28
  • NACA® Hartford: Wednesday, July 28
  • NACA® Fort Wayne: Wednesday, August 4
  • NACA® Spokane: Wednesday, August 4
  • NACA® St. Paul: Monday, January 17, 2022

trio performing on stage

Once selections have been announced, you will fall into one of the three categories below.

Congratulations! You're well on your way to performing in front of hundreds of students and advisors who make the decisions regarding entertainment and programming on their campuses. You will receive a letter of intent, which will need to be returned to NACA along with your showcase fee, to secure your spot on stage.

Conference Showcase Fees for 2021-22
Spotlight: $375
Speaker: $450
DJ, Trending Interactive Programs, Variety & Novelty/Interactive: $525
Emcee & Game Shows: $575

Check out the 2021-22 Conference Showcase Fee Table (pg. 9 of the Associate Member Guide) for more details on these fees, as well as important deadline, cancellation and refund information.

Hey, not bad! While a showcase slot is not guaranteed, there is still a chance that you can end up on stage.

Alternates are listed in order and sorted by showcase category. If a selected act declines their slot or cancels for any reason before the conference, the first alternate in that category will be contacted and offered that slot. If they accept, then all remaining alternates will move up one spot in the order. In other words, the second alternate becomes the first, the third becomes the second, and so on. If any alternates ahead of you cancel, you will also move up the list accordingly.

To secure your alternate slot, you will need to return your letter of intent along with the alternate fee.  If you get offered a showcase slot, this money will count toward the showcase fee. 

Check out the 2021-22 Conference Showcase Fee Table (pg. 9 of the Associate Member Guide) for more details on these fees, as well as important deadline, cancellation and refund information.

You may not be performing live at the conference, but you can still make great connections and even book gigs in the Campus Activities Marketplace! Introduce yourself to campus decision makers, provide examples of your work, and even discuss potential dates during the conference. You may be just what a campus is looking for, even if they don't get to see you perform live.

Want a Closer Look at NACA?

Sign up for Discover NACA at one of our conferences. This two hour tour will enable you to get a better look at the Campus Activities Marketplace, check out a showcase and get your questions answered by current associate members.

For more information or to sign up, email

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