Become a Member of NACA - Associate Membership

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Benefits of Associate Membership with NACA

National Membership

As a National Associate Member, you will have the opportunity to exhibit and submit to showcase at all seven NACA® Regional Conferences as well as the National Convention. National Associate members also have access to our entire directory of over 900 member schools.

Regional Membership

A Regional Associate membership provides access to exhibit and showcase submissions for your region’s conference, as well as to the directory of member schools from your region. Not sure which region you’re in? Check the regional map to find out.

2017-18 Associate Membership Dues


  • Access to all NACA regional and national events
  • Access to the entire NACA member directory.
  • Submit any/all acts on your roster for showcase consideration at NACA events nationwide.

Single Act

  • Access to all NACA regional and national events
  • Access to the entire NACA member directory.
  • Submit your act for showcase consideration at NACA events nationwide.


  • Access to the NACA conference for your region.
  • Access to the NACA member directory of schools in your region.
  • Submit any/all acts on your roster for showcase consideration at the NACA conference for your region.

Single Act

  • Access to the NACA conference for your region.
  • Access to the NACA member directory of schools in your region.
  • Submit your act for showcase consideration at the NACA conference for your region.

Please be aware that there are additional costs associated with showcasing and exhibiting at regional and national events. Visit our performing & exhibiting page for more details.

Fluent is NACA’s exclusive marketing partner. As such, a non-compete agreement restricts NACA from extending membership to organizations and businesses that may be perceived as competitive with Fluent’s business interests. If you have a question as to whether or not you fall in this category, please call Maureen Taylor, Director of Member Development and Services, at 803-732-6222 before applying.

The NACA® membership year is May 1-April 30, regardless of join date.

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Frequently Asked Questions

By becoming an associate member of NACA, you will have access to our member directory for your region if a regional member or all our regions if a national member. The directory contains contact information for students and professional staff at our member schools. These contacts are usually the key contact for the school for bookings. You also get access to our conferences and convention as well as our webinars, newsletters, Campus Activities Programming® Magazine, and more. Associate members also have opportunities to advertise their businesses throughout our numerous membership and conference publications. Plus, you have the opportunity to engage with other associate members through the Associate Member Community on NACA Connect.
NACA membership expires on April 30th, regardless of when you join. Our member year is May 1st – April 30th. Example: If you join on Jan 15, 2017, your membership period ends April 30, 2017.
Getting involved with NACA as an associate member will give you greater opportunities to get bookings on college campuses by showcasing and exhibiting at our numerous regional conferences and our national convention annually. We also have networking opportunities among agencies if you’re looking for agent representation. The more active an associate member is within the association, the more likely they will be to get bookings across the country.
NACA does not assign agents to represent artists. However, associate members seeking representation may use the online directory of agencies/companies and contact those that they’d be interested in speaking with more in-depth about potential representation.
Each Regional Conference Program Committee (RCPC) includes two associate members who also serve on the Associate Advisory Group (AAG). These 14 volunteer positions are critical to helping our association address current issues and plan for the future. The AAG is the voice of the associate members and has the power to make a better experience at NACA for associates and all members of the association. The AAG is also a great group to turn to if you have specific concerns or questions related to your associate experience both inside and outside of the conferences.
Fluent is NACA’s exclusive marketing partner. As such, a non-compete agreement restricts NACA from extending membership to organizations and businesses that may be perceived as competitive with Fluent’s business interests. If you have a question as whether or not you fall into this category, please call Maureen Taylor, Director of Members Development and Services, at 803-732-6222 before applying for membership.
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NACA® events are strictly for members. You cannot attend if you are not a member and do not have a booth. You can, however, attend Discover NACA.
Discover NACA is a two-hour tour held on the Saturday of the conference for potential members to ask questions and get an overview of the event. The tour is conducted by current associate members and volunteers.
Associate members wishing to attend an event must purchase a booth space in the exhibit hall (CAMP) in order to attend. Below are the fees as of Spring 2017:

Booth Fee (does not include registration) - $290
Registration Fee (at least one full registration per company is required) – varies by region

Optional Add-Ons *Additional fees may be charged by the facility for services such as electricity, water, internet etc.
Attraction Space - $4 per square foot
Booth demonstration fee - $225 (this is an interactive display of talent or product to event delegates in the CAMP that normally cannot be offered in a showcase setting). Proof of insurance may be required based on the attraction/demonstration you are exhibiting. See guide for further details.
Delegates include professional staff who are generally advisors that play a role with the campus activities for their respective institutions. Student attendees are those involved in their school’s programming board or other bodies that plan events for their campus.
Associate members submitting educational program proposals must have an active NACA® membership and also must purchase booth space for submissions to be considered. Associate members cannot showcase or be an alternate in any showcase category and present educational sessions marketed to school member professional staff and/or students during the same NACA® event. Educational sessions are a great way to show off your expertise and skills as well as help schools understand how to conduct business with agencies and vendors. Proposals for NACA® Convention, regional conferences, or webinars are available online and have specific deadlines depending on the event.
Associate members are required have a booth (whether or not they are showcasing) in order to attend and participate at a NACA® event.
To perform at an NACA® event( or what we call showcasing) you must be a current member of NACA. We have deadlines on when you can submit for each region beginning each June. Showcase applicants must have paid the $90 application fee* and have purchased a booth $290* for the regional event. If all of these things are not submitted your application will be ineligible for review.
Spotlight Low Showcases include acts that have prices of $1,250 or less. Isolated dates for Spotlight Low can be exclusive of travel, but block prices must include travel. These acts will be interspersed with Spotlight High acts, rather than showcasing together. Spotlight High encompasses all other pricing. Both types of showcases feature established and up-and-coming artists performing for 10 minutes each.
Low tech performances include:
  • Four or less inputs (either microphone or direct input)
  • No pianos
  • Minimal tech needs as defined by the Showcase Production Coordinator at your region
  • May be required to perform in the front of the curtain on the thrust
High tech performances are any acts that do not fit into the above description.
Showcasing acts are selected by a committee of students and professional staff for each regional conference and National Convention. The committee remains anonymous. Results will be posted on the NACA website, and you will receive an email directing you to the link on the website. If selected there are additional fees involved depending on what you were selected for. Fees range from $115-$300. Alternates are selected by the committee as well.
Alternates will be required to accept their selection by paying the applicable alternate fee. Additionally, alternates should be available for the duration of the event and may get called up at any time (before or during the conference). If an alternate moves up to a showcase, they will need to pay the full showcase fee prior to performing. Any alternates not selected to showcase will receive a refund of their fee.
The On-site Selected Showcase is reserved for new members who have never performed in the designated region. Artists or their representatives must register for this category at Associate Registration the first day of a conference. The act is select on-site by conference delegates, who will vote from the list of participating associates members who have pre-registered for this category. If chosen, you will have to pay the showcasing fee.
If you don’t get a showcase we still encourage members to attend the conference. Your purchased booth will be set up in the Campus Activities Marketplace (CAMP), which is the exhibit hall. You will still be able to market and promote yourself to the schools and get your name out there. Plus, there is still an opportunity to win a showcase spot with On-site Selected Showcase.
If you still don’t want to attend the conference, you are eligible to receive a half price refund for the booth purchase up to 30 days prior to the start of the conference. All other fees are non-refundable.
The Campus Activities Marketplace (CAMP) is NACA®’s exhibit hall/trade show. CAMP is the center of all business activity conducted during a conference. Face-to-face meetings between school buyers and firms selling the talent, products, or services take place at the various vendor booths at CAMP. University professional staff members and students visit booths to peruse press kits and product specifications, view video and listen to audio and to check availability of touring artists. There will be a wide diversity of talent and products on display in CAMP. The exhibit hall is only open during specific hours throughout the conferences. At those designated times when the exhibit hall is open your booth MUST be staffed. If purchasing a booth you must be able to attend all three days of the conference. A preliminary schedule is always posted on our website for you to plan accordingly.
Booths are the vendor spaces located in CAMP that display each exhibitor’s business information, products, services, and more. Each firm exhibiting at the event must maintain separate membership in NACA and must occupy separate booth space. Staffing for booths must be employees, artists or hospitality staff registered as delegates of the exhibiting firm. Staff must be present in the booth during the entire duration of all CAMPs. An exhibitor may advertise, display, exhibit, or sell only the talent, products or services of its company.

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Electricity is not provided in the exhibit fee and must be requested and paid for on the form provided to each exhibitor in the service kit which will be sent directly to you 6 weeks prior to the event.
You can bring promotional material and TVs, posters, buttons, and laptops in your booth. You may not sing or dance in your booth. If you are a singer it is better to bring a laptop and headphones and have students come in your booth and listen/watch. If you need to have additional equipment, a decorator kit is sent out in our weekly emails but also posted to the website. The following items/activities are not allowed in exhibiting booths:

  • Live performance that are not eligible to be considered booth demonstration are, but not limited to, live musical/vocal performance, juggling and/or hypnosis.
  • The use of a stage, riser or any type of elevation
  • Stickers
The booth fee and registration fee are separate. With the purchase of the booth you are required to purchase at least ONE full registration. Many associate members enjoy purchasing full conference registrations as it heightens their visibility and engagement with other delegates. Anyone else that will be staffing your booth can purchase a day pass. Day passes give you access to everything at the conference, but they do not include conference meals.