Speed Leads

For Presenters and Artist Managers

Tuesday, September 1

3:25pm - 4:30 pm 

What are Speed Leads?

Take one part blind date, one part pitch session, one part niche-marketing, and two parts of your passion and what do you get? Speed Leads, WAA’s professional mixer. Whether you are throwing or receiving the pitch, it’s productive fun for the whole crew! Artist/managers rotate one at a time through tables seated with presenters, spending two minutes at each table. Make new connections and discover new artists and programs you might not otherwise have the chance or time to find! Twenty-five artists/projects x two minutes = one productive hour.

Speed Leads Topics

New Works OR New to WAA
Location TBD
New work and New colleagues are the wellspring of the performing arts and this session is your source for fresh voices, compelling artists, refreshing repertory, and red-hot projects.

Affordable Excellence: Artists with Fees of $5,000 or Less
Location TBD
Year after year, this session proves the maxim: less might be more. The place to be for the auteur on a budget.

Family-Friendly Performance
Location TBD
Great works that speak to the child in all of us. Engage audiences of all ages with artists and shows that enrich lives, build community, and inspire creativity.

Need some tips?

Click here for more about preparing a solid Speed Leads pitch.

Join us for the Perfect Pitch Webinar, Tuesday, August 18th at 10am PST / 1pm EST. Visit here for more details

How Do I Sign Up?

Exhibitor Sign ups now CLOSED

Speed Leads will follow a new procedure this year for signing up. These session are not first come first served, and will fill up fast. Sign up begins June 15, 2015 and ends July 15, 2015. All those who are interested in signing up will have to fill out a questionnaire to make sure that your topic fits the session you are signing up for. You are allowed to sign up for one session specific to what you are pitching to the presenters.  You will need to articulate one artist or project in the application. If you choose to talk about more than one project during your 2 minute pitch, that is up to you, however WAA and presenters encourage you to follow a Less is Best plan. Focus on one or two components and highlight those.  Start the interest and continue it outside of the session.  DVDs and iPads are not allowed during the pitch. This is a speaking pitch for 2 minutes.  Materials should be given only if presenters are interested.  Should more artists sign up than fit, the Professional Development Committee will review the projects presented and determine the participants.