About

The Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals

STEP is a political watchdog
Established in 1989
STEP is a political watchdog and a clearinghouse for information that encourages buyers of entertainment to engage the Society’s members; strengthens and develops the business and personal capabilities of its members through education, communications and networking; and establishes and promotes business practices, standards and ethics within the live entertainment industry.

STEP is working continuously to protect you in your career as a Talent and Entertainment  Professional. STEP has,

• kept band leaders, music agencies, speakers' bureaus, and novelty variety agencies from being  subjected to expensive bonding procedures.


• kept you from opening your books annually to governmental inspection.

• kept other agencies from having an unfair advantage in pricing, selling or marketing live entertainment .

New members will join a society made up of their peers -- professionals who make a living booking live entertainment. The Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals is a unique group. 

We share business solutions, industry problems, showcasing, networking opportunities, and a really good time. 

The society scrutinizes new members and requires nominations be signed by two current members of the society, plus the endorsement of the executive committee.

How much are dues?  Our affordable membership fee pays for itself many times over with the invaluable relationships that are established and the new business that’s generated. Fees contributed by members drives the small, but powerful operations of STEP and ensures that a watchful eye and tenacious advocate is looking out for your interests.

The Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals was formed in 1989 by booking professionals who sell live entertainment in Texas. The group came together in response to the Texas Talent Agency Act that had just been passed by the Texas Legislature. The law was passed in response to unscrupulous modeling firms promising the unsophisticated public an easy path to stardom -- but only if their "mark" spent lots of money to have head shots and promotional packages made by the "agent." Although the legislative intent was to stop the defrauding of the public, the act would have forced band leaders, music agencies, speakers' bureaus, and novelty variety agencies to submit to expensive bonding procedures, open their books annually to governmental inspection, and give agencies from out of state an unfair advantage in pricing, selling or marketing live entertainment.
 
Word of the new law spread like wildfire through the state. Dallas, Houston and Austin became the scenes of Texas Department of Labor and Standards meetings that drew hundreds who felt like their businesses were being threatened by state government. In self defense, agencies began to work together to raise a war chest to prevent the intrusion. Four-time Speaker of The House, Billy Clayton's legislative lobbying firm was retained to see what alteration could be made in the law. The resulting rules changes forced the scam artists out of business, while protecting the rights of musicians, artists, speakers, comics, and agencies to solicit work without restriction. 


As a by-product of these meetings something unusual happened -- agencies who were fierce competitors, old friends, and colleagues sat down together and shared their successes and war stories. Although they had all attended hundreds of conventions, showcases, and professional associations, this was the first time that they had met with so many peers and a common, non-sales agenda. Since there is strength in numbers, they decided to form an association that furthered the goals of networking, continuing educaton, political activism, and marketing of and for the profession. At last, there was a voice for professionals who made their livings selling live entertainment in Texas 

Today, the organization's membership rolls include some of the most effective, efficient, and professional agencies and producers in the state. We have chapters in Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin-San Antonio, and Houston. We gather three times annually for chapter meetings and once a year for a state wide showcase, confab, and party 

New members will join a society made up of their peers -- professionals who make a living booking live entertainment in Texas. The Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals  is a unique group. We share business solutions, industry problems, showcasing, networking opportunities, and a really good time. Consider applying for membership today. The society scrutinizes new members and requires nominations be signed by two current members of the society, plus the endorsement of the executive committee. 

STEP Benefits
Did you know that the Texas Business Tax Reform Bill (HB-3) has major repercussions that will affect talent agents and the event industry? Without proper planning businesses Will see significant tax increases.

Are you aware that Talent Agents could have to hold a state issued license in order to sell in the State of Texas, that the State could look at your books and make you have a $10,000 bond on file in Austin with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation?  

Did you know that one organization has a history built upon fighting laws like these, and has made changes in it that allows you to operate safely, without huge fines and government intrusion into your business? 

Did you know that without our efforts there is a good chance that you would be paying tax on all the entertainment you currently book? 

Did you know that our organization is working to obtain the most favorable treatment that could save companies in our industry thousands of dollars?
By joining STEP you are supporting a group that is fighting for YOU to keep your livelihood free and viable? 

Networking
sometimes your competitors can be your best customers. Through STEP you'll get to know other professional agents across the state. And you'll develop long term business relationships that can pay off in the profit column.

Eye on Politics
STEP keeps you up to date on state legislative bills and national issues that can have an impact on your business. And the organization mobilizes against legislation that can be detrimental to professional booking agents.

Business Solutions
STEP members face many of the same business concerns. From contract provisions to ASCAP and BMI confusion, our members can help you solve everyday business problems.

Talent Showcases
Each year at the state STEP convention, you'll get to enjoy a variety of attractions at the evening showcase. See what's new, what's hot, and what you can use to build up your talent roster. 

Newsletters
STEP membership newsletters will give you the scoop on politics, meetings, conventions, new members, and a wealth of other timely information that's important to your business. 

Industry Certification
The CTEP (Certified Talent and Entertainment Professional) designation is awarded by STEP and its Certification Committee. STEP is the only Texas  organization representing producers in the entertainment industry.

Annual Convention
Each year you'll get to kick up your heels at the annual STEP Showcase & Confab. And you'll get to meet and commiserate with other agents who share your headaches, heartbreaks, success stories, and business concerns.  As a member you will have opportunities to introduce and showcase new talent to our member agencies who book talent throughout Texas and nationally. ​

Attraction Routing
Routing dates through Texas are easier to book when you have inside connections with other STEP members. Work with people you know and trust to fill those open dates or impress your customers by getting the best for less. 

Problem Solving
When you need help solving sticky booking problems, you'll have STEP by your side. Your peers are here. STEP is for the benefit of Talent and Entertainment Professionals.

Shared Information
Find out which artists are easy to work with and which ones cause headaches. You'll also be warned about unscrupulous, so-called "agents" known for dishonest business practices. 

Increased Profits
The bottom line always matters, and as a member of STEP you'll have access to new contacts who can help you build a bigger, better, more profitable entertainment booking agency.

Annual Conference
Don’t miss the 2018 STEP Conference and Talent Showcase! 
The Houston Chapter is organizing an amazing educational and networking experience!                          

The 2018 Conference will feature...

Educational Seminars: 
Featuring discussions on Marketing, Legislative Issues, Entertainment Technology, Booking Celebrity Talent and The State of The Texas Entertainment Industry. 

Network with Industry Peers: 
Gather with entertainment agents and entertainers from across Texas. 

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! 


STEP Membership
Members. Where would we be without them? Actually we wouldn't be anywhere! As an organization consisting of individual members STEP exists to meet member needs. In fact, STEP programs and activities are funded primarily through membership dues revenue, as well as convention registrations and professional certification. As you can see, without members there would be no STEP!

Voting Member: $200 Annual Fee (due now) Any booking agent who derives the majority of his or her revenue from the booking of live entertainment; must obtain the sponsorship of two voting STEP members in good standing or sponsorship from the Area Representative: 
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Limited Member: $100 Annual Fee  (due now) which will have no voting privileges, but will receive all other benefits of membership. This membership will be for secondary members of agencies which have a voting member. This membership belongs to the agency and not the individual. If this member leaves the agency, the agency may replace them for the remainder of the year with notification of change to the secretary. 
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Associate membership: $200 Annual Fee (due now) which will have no voting privileges, but will receive all other benefits of membership. Any individual, the majority of whose revenue is not derived from the booking of live entertainment; which can include support companies to the entertainment booking industry. Must obtain the sponsorship of two voting STEP members in good standing or sponsorship from the Area Representative.
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By joining STEP you are supporting a group that is fighting for YOU to keep your livelihood free and viable!