How to Apply to Host a Speakers Bureau Program
First, make sure your organization is eligible. See Who Can Apply to Host a Speaker.
- Select a speaker and topic as far in advance as possible. Applications must be received at least six weeks before the scheduled program date to allow for proper processing of payment and ample time to publicize the event.
- Contact the speaker directly to check on availability and arrange the details of the program. Discuss the length of the program, exact program location, audience composition, equipment needs, and any other special arrangements. We ask our speakers to give a half hour presentation and to facilitate discussion for another half hour.
- Print and complete the application request form and mail it to the WHC office with a check for $100 per program at least six weeks before your program date. Keep a copy for your records. Note that funding is limited and programs are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.
- If your request is approved, you will receive a publicity packet from the WHC within two weeks. Sign and return the contract inside the publicity packet ASAP. Your program is not confirmed until this contract is signed and returned to the WHC. Please call the WHC office at 608-262-0706 if you do not receive the confirmation packet.
- Publicize your program as widely as possible using newspapers, newsletters, brochures, posters, and word of mouth in order to draw a large audience. Be sure to include the following credit in all publicity materials:
This program is free and open to the public and is supported by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Wisconsin, and individual donors.
- Check in with the speaker and reconfirm arrangements as soon as the program is approved.
- Inform the WHC of any program changes. The WHC often sends representatives to Speakers Bureau programs.
- Return the evaluation form within ten days of the program's completion to the WHC office.