Join us for Back Stage Pass in Tupelo!
January 24-26, 2018
BancorpSouth Conference Center
Deadline to register: Jan. 12, 2018
Back Stage Pass is coming to Tupelo, the Birthplace of Elvis Presley and Rock n' Roll! Back Stage Pass 2018 will celebrate Mississippi's music, heritage and culture as we prepare event coordinators to plan and implement authentic, memorable and successful events in your hometowns.
The 7th Annual Back Stage Pass festival and event coordinators' conference is presented by Mississippi Main Street Association, Mississippi Arts Commission and Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance. Thank you to our local sponsors, Downtown Tupelo Main Street and the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau.
We can't wait to see you in downtown Tupelo!
Wednesday, Jan. 24:
12:30 p.m. Registration and Exhibitor Check-in Opens
1:30-3:30 p.m. Workshops:
Events 101 – Karen Stanley, neonFROG, inc. and Jennifer Prather, Greater Starkville Partnership Development
Events 201 - Cynthia and Shawn Sutton, Ocean Springs Chamber - Main Street - Tourism Bureau
Main Street 101 – Jan Miller and Jeannie Zieren, Mississippi Main Street
4-6 p.m. Mini "Wine Downtown" and Shopping Tournament
Pre-registration required. $20 fee includes souvenir wine glass, wine and shopping discounts exclusive for our attendees. Start at Downtown Tupelo Main Street office, 108 South Broadway St.
6 p.m. Meet & Greet Reception at Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Museum
398 East Main Street
Dinner on your own downtown
Thursday, Jan. 25:
9 a.m. Registration
The Lyric, 201 N. Broadway St.
10 a.m. Welcome to Tupelo & Opening Session featuring Memphis Jones
The Lyric, 201 N. Broadway St.
11:30 a.m. Lunch on your own in downtown
1:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
"How to Market Your Events and Take them to the Next Level" – Lori Brechtel and Arlette Thompson, Mississippi Magazine and Elizabeth Russell, Tupelo CVB
"Creating Events to Spur Economic Development" – Brantley Snipes, Greenwood Main Street
2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
"Y’all Business" – Sherri Carr Bevis, Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office
"Creative Eventmaking in Mississippi" Panel:
Bill Griffith, Roanoke Museum Curator; Daniel Boggs, Delta Hot Tamale Festival; & Kay Miller, Grillin’ on the Green
3:30 p.m. Exhibitor Networking
MS Presenters Network Meeting
A working session for members of the MS Presenters Network. To become a member of the Network, sign up at www.presentmississippi.org.
5-7 p.m. Mississippi Artist Showcase at the Elvis Presley Birthplace
Six Mississippi Roster Artists will perform in a variety of genres. Join us for food, drinks, and Mississippi music at the one and only Birthplace, 306 Elvis Presley Dr.
Friday, Jan. 26:
7:30 p.m. Hot Breakfast Buffet opens
8 a.m. Artist Negotiation Breakfast Session - Wayne Andrews, Mississippi Presenters Network & Yoknapatawpha Arts Council
Grab a hot breakfast and sit down to learn different ways to make resources work for you to bring artists to your events and festivals. We’ll take a look at grants and funding opportunities as well as partnerships and block booking that will help you get the perfect artist to play at your next community event! Hear directly from a MAC Roster Artist’s perspective on booking different kinds of events.
9:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
"Grassroots Events: Getting Started with Creative Placemaking" - Melody Thortis, Mississippi Arts Commission and Tupelo Rocks
“From the Class to the Streets: New Marketing Ideas for Main Street” – Randy Burchfield, University of Mississippi
10:15 a.m. Energy Break
10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
"Delta Jewels Oral History Partnership" - Dr. Rolando Herts and Lee Alyward, The Delta Center at Delta State University and Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area
"Perspectives from the Grantor and Grantee" - Polly Rosenblatt, Woodville Main Street and Maria Zeringue, Mississippi Arts Commission
11:30 a.m. Closing Session - $1,500 Grand Prize Artist Drawing & Elvis Package Give-away