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Join hundreds of the most influential and impactful businesses and organizations on the Midwest Clinic Exhibition Floor! Each year, 18,000+ attendees, including musicians, educators,  program directors, students, composers, and more, visit our exhibitors over three days. 

Exhibitor applications open annually in February with a one-month early-bird period, where exhibitors can save 10% on the cost of their booth. Regular booth reservations are available through November, space permitting.



1. Purpose:

The Midwest Clinic exists for educational purposes exclusively; to raise the standard of music education; to improve the methods employed in music education; to develop new teaching techniques; to disseminate to school music teachers, directors, administrators, and others interested in music education, information to assist in their professional work; to examine, analyze, and appraise demonstrations for the betterment of music education; and in general, to assist teachers and others interested in music education in better pursuing their profession.


2.  Exhibit Dates, Dates, and Hours:

Monday, December 16th 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.*

Tuesday, December 17th 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*Any exhibitor who wishes to take advantage of Monday, December 16th set-up hours must email The Expo Group at [email protected] for approval. Please take note of the set-up hours when making travel plans, as access to the hall beyond these hours is limited.

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Wednesday, December 18th 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 19th 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 20th 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Friday, December 20th 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 21st 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

A penalty fee of $500 will be assessed for early departure or dismantling. If this fee is required, an exhibitor must pay this amount before submitting an application for a future Midwest Clinic exhibit space.


3.  Applications and Eligibility:

Applications for booth space must be made on the contract provided by The Midwest Clinic, contain all of the information requested, and be executed by an individual who has authority to act for the applicant. Exhibit space will be limited to the following areas:

Music Journals
Instrument Manufacturers
Fundraising Military Organizations
Music Retail Uniform/Clothing/Accessories
Colleges/Universities Festivals/Competitions/Camps
Music Merchandise Stage Equipment
Audio/Video/Photography Software/Technology
Travel Services/Tourism Performing Organizations
Music Organization Professional Associations
Music Associations Music Publishers


4.  Booth Space Rental Fee:

Individual booths will be 10’ wide and 10’ deep and may be purchased at the rate of $1,360 per booth. Corner booths may be purchased at the rate of $1,545 per booth. Payment in full must accompany the contract. FOR 2024: A ten percent (10%) discount will apply if booth is purchased by February 29th, 2024. A three percent (3%) processing fee will be added for all credit card transactions. The deadline to complete a booth application is November 15, 2024.


5.  Cancellations or Reductions:

Any cancellation or reduction of exhibit space by the exhibitor, for any reason whatsoever, is subject to the following terms:

a. All notices of cancellation or reduction must be received in writing.
b.  Booth refunds will be issued as follows:

-Prior to September 1st, 2024 - 50 % of total amount paid will be refunded
-Starting September 1st, 2024 - 20% of total amount paid will be refunded
-After October 15th, 2024, no refunds will be issued

The Midwest Clinic may cancel this contract, upon reasonable cause, or upon the happening of events beyond its control which makes performance impossible or useless, upon written notice to the exhibitor by an authorized employee or officer of The Midwest Clinic. The Midwest Clinic reserves the right to alter, reduce, or redistribute allocated space upon reasonable cause, or upon the happening of events beyond its control which render previous space allocation impossible or useless, upon written notice to the exhibitor by an authorized employee or officer.  In the event of such cancellation or reduction, The Midwest Clinic agrees to negotiate in good faith toward refund, reduction, or alternate application of the sums paid by the exhibitor as rental fees.

6.  Assignment of Booth Space:

Booths will be assigned at the sole discretion of The Midwest Clinic with consideration given to booth configuration requirements, seniority, date of contract submission, perceived educational value of the exhibit to conference attendees and balance. Exhibitors may state preferences for booth location, but contracts submitted with booth location demands or conditions will not be accepted. Booth assignments will be made upon receipt of full payment and will be on a first come-first served basis.

The floorplan as shown, may be modified by the Midwest Clinic if the state of Illinois has COVID-19 safety protocols in place that would result in the floorplan being modified. If a change is needed, the Midwest Clinic reserves the right to alter the floorplan and the placement of booths without exhibitor permission.


7.  Booth Arrangement and Construction:

a.  Each exhibit will be confined to the spatial limits of its respective booth(s). Exhibits or displays that block the view of adjoining booths will not be permitted. Exhibits must follow the International Association of Exhibitions and Events Guidelines for Display Rules & Regulations, unless a variance has been granted by The Midwest Clinic. Variances must be requested in writing.
b.  Each booth will be ten (10’) feet wide and ten (10’) feet deep. Inline booths will feature an eight (8’) foot high back wall drape and three (3’) foot high draped side rails.
c.  Aisles and exits must be kept clear of displays and exhibits at all times.
d.  All booths must have carpet/floor covering.
e.  All booth materials must conform to applicable local building, electrical, fire safety, and environmental codes.


8.  Exhibitor Services:

The Expo Group Exhibitor Service Kit contains detailed information regarding shipping, load-in and out, utilities, booth equipment, and payment.  

9.  Chargeable Booth Services:

Extensive and detailed work in connection with exhibit erection or dismantling is to be performed by union personnel. The following are services for which there will be additional charges to exhibitors:

a.  Furniture, Floor Covering, Decoration
b.  Electrical Services
c.  Skilled Labor (Carpenters, Decorators, Plumbers)
d.  Audiovisual Rental
e.  Booth Signage (Other than complimentary two-line sign)
f.  Cleaning Service
g.  Floral/Plant-scaping Service
h.  Telephone Service
i.  Rental Exhibits
j.  Drapery



10.  Complimentary Exhibitor Services:

The Midwest Clinic will provide the following to each exhibitor on a complimentary basis:

a.  A 7” x 44” two-line booth sign listing organization name, city, state, and country, and booth number. (Must be requested on exhibit contract.)
b.  A listing in the printed conference program of the organization name, full address, telephone, booth number(s), and website address.
c.  A listing in the conference mobile app of the organization name, booth number(s), and website address.
d.  A website link from the official Midwest Clinic website.
e.  Exhibitors may submit proposals for a Product Showcase session (fee applies). Information will be sent in September to any exhibitor that has submitted a contract.
f.  Complimentary Wi-Fi will be available in exhibitor booths during show dates.

Exhibiting music publishing companies will also receive the following:
g.  A listing on The Midwest Clinic website of band, orchestra, and jazz music printed and published between the preceding year and September 15th of the current year.
h. The opportunity to submit scores of new publications to the conductors of performing organizations for consideration for Midwest Clinic concerts. Music publishers should send complimentary scores of new band, orchestra, and jazz ensemble publications to The Midwest Clinic Office ([email protected]) and conductors of the performing organizations.  A list of names and addresses will be provided to all registered publishing companies. 


11.  General Conditions:

a.  Subletting Booth Space
Exhibitors may not assign, sublet, or apportion all or any part of their space, and may not advertise or display goods or services other than those manufactured, distributed, or sold by their company in the regular course of business.

b.   Unclaimed Booth Space
Any booth space not claimed and occupied or for which no special arrangements have been made prior to 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 18th, may be resold or reassigned without any obligation on the part of The Midwest Clinic for any refund whatsoever.

c.  Contractor and Labor Coordination
The service contractor will have control of all inbound and outbound traffic so as to prevent any congestion in the loading and unloading areas, in the aisles, and in any freight traffic pattern area. The service contractor will have complete control of all labor, scheduling, and coordination of labor for the purpose of the orderly erection, management, and dismantling of the exhibition.

d.  Electrical Information

In accordance with the regulations prescribed by the Fire Prevention Bureau of the
Chicago Fire Department, no combustible material may be used to decorate a display. Storage of cartons, boxes, wrapping paper, etc. behind booths and/or under tables is strictly prohibited. All cloth must be flameproof and stand a flameproof test. Open flames, butane-gas, and heating appliances are not permitted. Microwave ovens may be used. An exhibitor shall not make any electrical installation or connection of any appliance or equipment to the building electrical system. All electrical connections to the building electrical system or extensions shall be made only by a facility-certified electrician.

e.  Guard Service
Guard service is provided by The Midwest Clinic on a 24- hour basis from move-in through move-out. Reasonable precautions are taken to protect property, but The Midwest Clinic cannot ensure the safety of persons or the protection of property. The Midwest Clinic strongly recommends that each exhibitor secure a rider policy to cover all booth and display items during transportation to and from the convention as well as during installation, show dates, and dismantling.

f.  Exhibitor Representatives
Each exhibiting firm/college must provide an attendant in its booth during the open hours of the conference as defined in Specification #2. All attendants must be bona fide employees or clinicians of the exhibitors. False certification of individuals as exhibitor representatives, misuse of exhibitor badges, or any method or device used to assist unauthorized individuals to enter the exhibit hall will be sufficient just cause for expelling the violators from the conference, barring them from further entrance into the exhibit floor, and/or removing the exhibit from the exhibit floor without obligation on the part of The Midwest Clinic or refund of any fees. The exhibiting organization, for itself, its employees, and its agents, waives all rights to any claim for damages against The Midwest Clinic and its officers, agents, and employees for any failure to enforce the provisions of this paragraph.

Within the designated exhibit area, promotion of goods and services, or conducting of business related thereto, is limited to registered exhibitors and exhibitors’ representatives and only for those goods and services registered for the exhibit.

All exhibitors are required to submit a list of personnel who will staff their booth(s) Exhibitors will receive (4) complimentary badges with the first booth, (2) badges for each additional booth.

Additional personnel may be added for a fee. The fee will coincide with the registration rate available at the time the badge is added. Appropriate cancellation fees will apply.

g.  Audio and Audiovisual Sound Effects
Audiovisual, audio, and other sound and attention-getting devices and effects will be permitted only in those locations and in such intensity as in the opinion of The Midwest Clinic do not interfere with the activities of neighboring exhibitors. Instruments played for the purpose of demonstration should be played for brief periods and at a reasonable sound level. Audio visual equipment must be equipped with earphones. Every effort will be made to divide the exhibits into noise level areas. Operation of equipment being demonstrated may not create noise levels objectionable to neighboring exhibitors. This will be strictly enforced.

h.  Exhibit Hall Floor Sales
Representatives may demonstrate, explain, or show their product, publications, or services within their exhibit area but may not conduct any sales which require the exchange of money on the exhibit hall floor without collecting, recording, and reporting the appropriate taxes as prescribed by the Illinois Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service. The Midwest Clinic assumes no responsibility for and shall not be liable in any respect relating thereto.

i.  Prohibited Activities
Products and services to be exhibited are to be listed on the booth application form; no other products or services may be exhibited. Distribution of noisemakers of any kind is not permitted. All exhibitors distributing approved “sticker” may not place the “sticker” on the attendees’ badge. Distribution of refreshments or other products for consumption on the premises not manufactured by or specifically related to the product of the exhibitor will not be permitted.

Exhibitors may only distribute materials from their booths. Anyone distributing materials in the aisles, concourse, or lobbies will be requested to stop this activity immediately.

j.   Meetings and Social Functions
Association meetings, sales meetings, and social functions may be scheduled at the official conference hotels. Exhibitors requesting meeting space will be required to pay a rental charge. Rates will be at the sole discretion of the participating hotels. Soliciting Midwest Clinic registrants to attend events in conflict with The Midwest Clinic schedule is prohibited. If you need hotel contact information or assistance, please email Tom Moore at [email protected]

  k.  Unauthorized Concerts, Performances, or Clinics Concerts, performances, clinics, and mini-clinics, held in any area of the conference hotels, including lobbies and exhibit halls, without the permission of The Midwest Clinic are prohibited.

12.  Liability and Indemnification:

Neither the exhibit facility, nor The Midwest Clinic, nor any of the service contractors will be responsible for loss of or damage to any property in storage, while in transit to or from, and within the confines of the exhibit hall even though it may at any time be under the temporary control or direction of The Midwest Clinic or its service contractors.

At the conclusion of the conference, the exhibiting organization must surrender space occupied by it in the same condition it was in at the time the space was initially occupied. The exhibitor is responsible for all damage to the exhibit hall and for the defense and payment of any and all claims, demands, and suits on account of any alleged injury or death to individuals, or damage to property, occurring in the exhibitor’s booth space or elsewhere because of the acts or omissions of the exhibitor, its officers, employees, agents, licensees, guests, or contractors.

The exhibitor agrees to protect, indemnify, defend, save, and keep The Midwest Clinic and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, and their respective officers, employees, and agents, forever harmless from any damage or charges imposed for violation of any law or ordinance, whether occasioned by the negligence of the exhibitor or those holding under the exhibitor, as well as to strictly comply with the applicable terms and conditions contained in the agreement between the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and The Midwest Clinic regarding the exhibition premises, a copy of which is available upon written request and is incorporated herein by this reference; and, further, the exhibitor shall at all times protect, indemnify, defend, save, and forever keep harmless The Midwest Clinic and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, and their respective officers, employees, and agents, against and from any and all loss, costs, damage, liability, or expense arising from or out of or by reason of any accident or other occurrence to anyone, including the exhibitor, its agents, employees, and business guests, which arise from or out of or by reason of said exhibitor’s occupancy and use of the exhibition premises or a part thereof. Exhibitor understands that neither The Midwest Clinic nor the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority shall have any responsibility to the Exhibitor. Further, any claims of any kind or nature which an exhibitor may have and desires to assert against The Midwest Clinic and or the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority must first be submitted in writing within fourteen (14) days after the end of the Conference to which it relates or from which it arises, or such claim shall be forever barred.

The Midwest Clinic strongly recommends that each exhibitor secure a rider policy to cover all booth and display items during the transportation to and from this convention as well as during installation, show dates, and dismantling.

All exhibitors MUST comply with all COVID-19 safety protocols that are in place at the time of the conference. The Midwest Clinic will be enforcing and adhering to all State of Illinois policies. 


13.  Violations:

Violations of any of these regulations on the part of the exhibitor, its employees, or agents shall, at the option of The Midwest Clinic, annul the right to occupy space and such an exhibitor will forfeit to The Midwest Clinic all monies paid.


14.  Inclusion and Reference to Specific and Contract Terms and Master License Agreement:

The exhibitor expressly agrees to be bound by all of the terms and conditions, and specifications resulting from the master license agreement between The Midwest Clinic, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, and the City of Chicago. A copy thereof shall be furnished to the exhibitor upon written request.

15.  Logo:

The Midwest Clinic logo has been copyrighted and is protected by and under the U.S. copyright laws against its unauthorized use. The Midwest Clinic reserves the right to exclusive use in all respects. By becoming an exhibitor, the applicant acknowledges such exclusivity, and, further, agrees, not to use said logo without prior written consent of The Midwest Clinic.


Please note, the Midwest Clinic does not use third-party services for housing or attendee information. If you are contacted by any company offering hotel reservations for The Midwest Clinic Conference AND/OR the opportunity to purchase a ‘list of attendees’, please note they ARE NOT affiliated with The Midwest Clinic nor are they acting on behalf of the Midwest Clinic. ONLY an official Midwest Clinic staff member will contact you with information on housing or attendees.

For housing, The Midwest Clinic cannot guarantee the authenticity of any reservation made with third party companies and we cannot be held liable for any charges or changes made with any third-party company.

We advise you to ONLY use the link provided via our website for hotel reservations and information OR to contact the official conference hotels (again, listed on our website) directly.