31st Annual Conference 

The Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals

  ​STEP
HOLIDAY MEETING

  
Live Entertainment from STEP Members
Meet Board Members from Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio

The Post at River East
2925 Race St, Fort Worth, TX 76111
Tuesday, November 19, 2020
6-9pm

A neighborhood restaurant, intimate music venue and event space serving seasonal dishes and drinks.
​Free Parking, Entertainment, Food and Drinks.
March 1-2, 2020
Annual STEP Conference


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The 2020 Conference will feature...

Educational Seminars: 
Featuring discussions on Creativity, Innovations, Legislative Issues, Entertainment Booking, Proposals and The State of The Texas Entertainment Industry. 

Network with Industry Peers: 
Gather with entertainment agents and entertainers and planners 

Entertainment Showcase:
In the great tradition of STEP Confabs a showcase of talent has been planned to showcase acts, both new and familiar, traditional and not-so-traditional all for you to use and enrich the variety of talent you can offer your clients. See some great venues and enjoy an evening of food, fun and discovery! 

Location:
Conference, Meetings and Reception
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown

Dinner and Entertainment Showcase
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown - Grand Ballroom

Dates:  
Sunday March 1, 2020 – The Opening GENERAL SESSION LUNCH will start promptly at noon followed by education, dinner and the legendary STEP Talent Showcase Event. 

Monday, March 2, 2020 – Educational sessions begin with breakfast at 9:00am We will wrap up by 3pm Monday afternoon. 

Full Schedule Below

Attire:
Casual 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION 

Convention Registration 
$250 per STEP Member attendee or $350 for non-members for full event access and privileges.

This will include admission to Sunday Brunch, all of Sunday’s sessions, the President’s reception, our Entertainment Showcase and Dinner, all of Monday’s sessions and break out snacks on both dates.  Each person is responsible for paying for his or her own alcoholic beverages. 

Guest Tickets 
Guests DO NOT include entertainment professionals or associates of an entertainment agency or production company.  Employees of member companies and individuals in the business of booking entertainment are required to pay full member registration. 

These tickets are for spouses, significant others, and non-entertainment-professionals that are invited guests of full registrant attendees and who wish to attend the Sunday evening Dinner/showcase/pub crawl, they may do so at 2 levels.

$125.00 for President’s Reception, Dinner and the Showcase, which also covers Showcase transportation fees.   
-or- 
$50.00 for the showcase only 

Again, each person is responsible for his or her own alcoholic beverage expenditures.  

If you are not a member you may join now to take advantage of the member conference rate: 

Membership Dues - If you have not joined STEP or paid your membership dues please do so prior to registering or when registering you need to pay the Non-Member Confab Registration Rate. 

2019 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - 2020 SCHEDULE COMING SOON!
SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019                                  

10:30 - 12pm                  
REGISTRATION OPENS 

12 - 1pm                         
OPENING GENERAL SESSION

AND LUNCH

1pm                      
OPENING SPEAKER

A Luxurious Way to Plan - Johnell Huebner
A philosophy of partnership between vendors and planners.  This partnership encourages growth of creativity, business and overall success. Johnell will explain the philosophy, go through steps on how the partners and the planners can easily implement these key elements and tie back the education to memberships in professional organizations such as STEP, ILEA, and NACE. This topic can be useful to all planners, wedding or corporate and all suppliers that work with planners.
  

1:45pm ‐ 2:15pm 
TEXANS FOR THE ARTS ADVOCACY DAY – Swift Sparks 

2:15 pm‐2:30pm
BREAK
  
2:30pm                
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Linda Swindling - Negotiating Change 
STEP Up Your Collaboration and Innovation to Meet the New Way of Doing Business
 
Have you ever planned a clear course of action and then discovered all your hard work is no longer relevant? Are you negotiating a change you chose or one that was thrust upon you? What would happen if you could adapt to change without the mental exhaustion? Change is inevitable and arises from numerous sources. You may be experiencing new leadership, tackling a change in roles or position, losing members of your team, and/or tasked with transforming the way you do business. When you add personal challenges like illness, the death of a loved one, a divorce or even happy events like marriage and a baby, life can seem out of control. Whether the change was planned or a surprise, you often have more control and options than you think. Really.

After attending, participants leave with strategies to:
Negotiate the learning curve and respond effectively to crisis, conflict and failure;
Initiate, manage and champion change and collaboration;
Know the best questions to ASK when faced with a surprise or problem;
Plan for anticipated situations and innovate when unanticipated issues occur;
Encourage breakthroughs when others are breaking down, complaining, and acting out;
Let go of expectations of how it “should” be and embrace calculated risk-taking;
Increase your tolerance for ambiguity and the unknown; and
Influence others to commit even when the change is not fully defined.

3:30 pm

Expert Panel 

DMC Proposal Writers Panel
Whitney Rogers – 360 Destination Group
Lindsey Wolf – Ultimate Ventures
Christina Cavasos – CSI Texas
Moderator – Sparky Sparks – The Sparks Agency

This is a workshop to talk with the very folks that actually present your attractions to the numerous groups that come to Texas.  These talented ladies all work for Destination Management Companies that present our entertainment to hundreds of conventions and groups holding special events in Texas. We want to learn what we can do to increase our odds to have our entertainment on their short list.  At the same time, it is our hope that we can share some of our ideas for best presentation, conditions to assist in maximum successes for our entertainment along with any other ideas we might have to maximize each of our profits.  In our daily dealings with DMC’s, these ladies are where the rubber meets the road.  These are the women who present us to our future clients, and help us make our daily bread.


 
PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION
 
5:00 -5:45 pm   
MATTHEW BABINEAUX
Presented By: Encore Productions
Sheraton Hotel - Foyer
 
DINNER
 
6:00-6:20 pm    
R AND R DUO
Presented By: Encore Productions
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
6:20-6:40 pm    
BIG CITY TRIO
Presented by: Big City Entertainment  
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
6:45-7:00 pm    
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT PRESENTATION             
Presented for an exceptional lifetime in the music industry, and an   Instrumental member of the Society of Talent & Entertainment Professionals 
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
SHOWCASE
 
7:00-7:20 pm    
FRIDAY NIGHTS FIGHTS
Presented by: Bravo Entertainment         
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
7:20-7:40 pm    
SOPHIE BOND BAND
Presented by: First Call Bands
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
7:40-8:00 pm    
TREBLE HOOK
Presented by: Dave Corley – Guitar Dave Music  
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
8:00-8:20 pm    
ROCKMOLLYS
Presented by: Ken-Ran Productions  
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
8:20-8:40 pm    
TEXAS LIVE COUNTRY TRIBUTE
Presented by: Carol Marks Music   
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
8:40-9:00 pm    
SUMMER DEAN BAND
Presented by: Afallon Productions
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
9:00-9:20 pm    
JO JAMES BAND
Presented by: Ken-Ran Productions
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
9:20-9:40 pm
MOJILES BAND
Presented by: Show Business Entertainment       
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
9:40-10:00 pm
INSIDE OUT
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
10:00-10:20 pm
MARS HILL
Presented by: First Call Bands
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
10:20-10:40 pm
ELEVATION BAND
Presented by: Emerald City Bands           
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
 
10:40-11:00 pm
IDT BAND
Hilton Arlington - Grand Ballroom
  
For more information about bands click here Talent
MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2019

9 - 9:30am                      
STEP BUSINESS MEETING & BOARD ELECTIONS

9:30 - 11am
GOOD AND WELFARE

11 - 11:30am
BREAK - HOTEL CHECK OUT

11:30am - 12:30pm
STATE OF THE TEXAS MUSIC INDUSTRY

Brendon Anthony
State of the Texas Music Industry 
As director of the Texas Music Office, Bredan Anthony set the agenda for business development, helping music industry professionals navigate their entry in the Texas Market, as well as moving their businesses to Texas. Appointed to the Governor’s Office in 2015, Brendan makes his annual trip to the STEP Conference to keep us appraised of the State of Texas Music Industry.
  

12:30 - 1:00pm
LUNCH 
CTEP PRESENTATION
More Information

1:00pm – 1:30pm 
QUESTION AND ANSWER

American Music Federation
Stewart Williams
80,000 musicians comprise the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada making AFM the largest union of musicians in the world. Stewart Williams is the President of the Dallas – Ft. Worth Professional Musicians’ Association, Local 72-147


1:30 - 2:00pm
COMEDY AND INSPIRATION

Al Fike
Clean Comedian and Musician
Al Fike has been performing & speaking for too many years to count! 
He plays the BANJO, GUITAR, the HANDSAW, and even his HANDS! 
He's shared the stage with Bob Hope, Zig Ziglar, country music stars Ricky Skaggs, Lee Greenwood and many others. 
His corporate clients include: Southwest Airlines, Frito-Lay, Verizon Wireless, American Express, JC Penney and Chick-Fil-A. 
He's appeared on FOX NEWS CHANNEL, ABC's America's Funniest People, Good Morning Texas, and "Life Today" with James Robison. 
Eleven years ago, Al pioneered the "Christian (Clean) Comedy Night" at the Improv Comedy Clubs in the Dallas area, which received national attention. 
He's also the author of "Wise Guy-31 Success Secrets of King Solomon." Zig Ziglar says that "Al makes Proverbs come to life." (Available on Amazon!) 
Get ready to be entertained and inspired by a man who is known as "Living Proof God Has a Sense of Humor!" 


2:00 - 2:30pm
UNFINISHED BUSINESS AND ADJORNMENT      

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