In service to its mission to share humanities opportunities across the state, Missouri Speakers Bureau will provide each speaker with underwriting to be able to do four presentations in underserved rural communities,  These are defined as those communities outside the counties of Boone, Greene, Jackson, St. Louis and outside the city of St. Louis.  Underwriting is limited and you must qualify to be considered.

Speakers will now book talks directly with host organizations streamlining the scheduling process and giving speakers more autonomy. Speakers are expected to complete at least four underwritten programs each program year (November-October). Again, underwriting is available on a limited basis and host organization must meet certain requirements to be considered.  

Speakers may schedule additional non-underwritten programs with nonprofit and for-profit organizations located anywhere in the state. Payment for those programs will be negotiated by the speaker with those host organizations.

Finally, Missouri Speakers Bureau will provide marketing toolkits to speakers and host organizations to help promote programs to their local communities and encourage attendance.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR HOST ORGANIZATIONS

Host organizations are required to contact speakers directly to arrange presentations. Contact information for each speaker is provided here.

Each speaker may do as many presentations as they would like to schedule, however, there is a limited number of underwritten presentations per speaker.  Each speaker may do up to 4 underwritten presentations per year, but once they have completed their 4 underwritten presentations, the costs for the presentation and travel fees will be paid for by the host site.  Again, a host may still schedule with the speaker, however, the costs for said presentation will be paid by the host site. 

Underwritten presentations cover the cost for speaker as well as travel fees at no cost to the hosting institution, however, there is a limited number of underwriting opportunities per speaker.  Underwriting is only available to underserved rural communities.  For the presentation to be considered for program underwriting, the host organization must be nonprofit and located outside Boone, Greene, Jackson, and St. Louis counties and outside the city of St. Louis.

Many speakers are available to provide their programs in a virtual format. Please contact your preferred speaker to discuss options for a virtual program. For the presentation to be considered for program underwriting, it must be in person.

The Missouri Speakers Bureau provides details about presentations selected by its speakers. See the available speakers list to review the many options.

Please contact your preferred speaker to discuss options for alternative topics.

Both nonprofit and for-profit organizations can book speakers from the Missouri Speakers Bureau. For the presentation to be considered for program underwriting, the requesting organization must be nonprofit and located outside Boone, Greene, Jackson, and St. Louis counties and outside the city of St. Louis.

Honorarium and traveling fee amounts should be discussed with your preferred speaker.

Underwriting of a presentation is available on a limited basis.  To be eligible for consideration of underwriting, the hosting organization must be a nonprofit and located within an underserved rural community. Underserved rural communities are defined as those outside Boone, Greene, Jackson, and St. Louis counties and outside the city of St. Louis.  Check with the speaker to see if he or she still has underwriting available.

Nonprofit and for-profit organizations can book speakers without underwriting. Honorarium and traveling fee amounts should be discussed with your preferred speaker.

For presentations that do not qualify for underwriting, please discuss payment details with your preferred speaker.

If a host organization qualifies and if underwriting is still available, no program fees will be required for presentations.  

You will schedule the presentation directly with your preferred speaker, and they can provide more complete scheduling details. In general, expect the speaker to require at least 60 days’ notice.

There is no limit on the number of programs an organization can host when they are paying the speaker directly.

For organizations that qualify and receive underwriting, there is no limit on the number of underwritten programs an organization can host as long as the qualify and underwriting is still available.

  • Host organizations are asked to invite their legislators to the presentations.
  • A minimum of 45 minutes should be set aside for the presentation.
  • An additional minimum of 15 minutes should be set aside for questions and discussion.
  • Host organizations are encouraged to promote their events with provided toolkits available on the speaker’s webpage and by submitting the event to the Missouri Humanities Community Calendar.
For more information, or if you have questions about speakers or programs, contact Missouri Humanities at marilyn@mohumanities.org.

Host Site Toolkit

Logos

We require that any promotional materials for a Speakers Bureau event include our logo. Thank you!

Marketing

How to write Press Releases

Host Site Portal

Portal contains survey link and QR code.

Host Site Organizations should reach out to Marilyn Webster-Brown at marilyn@mohumanities.org to receive access to portal