Our History

NCPC was begun in 1991 with a membership of 8 presenters and increased to 40 members by spring 1998. The first hard-copy edition of On Stage in North Carolina was published in the fall of 1998. Provisions were made by the end of that year to add associate and professional memberships. NCPC was incorporated in 1999, with part-time contract administration added that same year. During the year 2000, 501c3 status was awarded, a five-year strategic planning process was completed, and NCPC and the NC Arts Council began co-sponsoring the ArtsMarket performing arts showcase conference. NCPC’s strategic plan was updated in June 2006, at the same time NCPC launched its statewide online event calendar onstageinnc.com, and ceased publication of the hard copy directory.  Upon the retirement of its founding administrator in 2014, NCPC hired its current Executive Director and started a new strategic planning process.

With membership standing at around 200 organizations, NCPC is regarded as one of the premier presenting networks in the U.S. and has frequently been used as a prototype by other states in establishing presenter network organizations.