Thursday Featured Cabaret Website: Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs At McElrath Cabaret


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Here is a fun montage featuring several members of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs–enjoy!

Thursday is the day of the week when McElrath Cabaret features some of our favorite cabaret blogs, websites or performers. Today we’re featuring a wonderful cabaret non-profit organization based in New York City, and it’s called the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, and goes by MAC.  MAC also has a fan page on Facebook (it is a closed group here, but you can ask to join the facebook page group), and a brief entry on Wikipedia.  They have a MySpace page, which includes a link to their own online radio station as well.  You will find their photos on Flickr, and they also have a YouTube channel.


From their website, we learn that:


MAC’s mission is to advance the art and business of live entertainment. A trade association, its activities are designed to heighten public awareness of the field’s contributions and vitality, to honor its creativity, to build its current and future audiences, and to speak out as an influential voice on behalf of MAC members and the industry at large.

Members of MAC include cabaret, comedy and jazz artists, directors, musical directors, technical directors, musicians, club owners, booking managers, composers, lyricists, journalists, publicists, artists’ managers, agents, and friends and supporters of live entertainment. The organization was created in 1983.


The current President of the Board of Directors is Lennie Watts, and the current Chairperson of the Advisory Board is Roy Sander.


A membership for individuals to MAC costs $50 per year.  Some of the benefits of becoming a member of MAC include:


  • Free admission to informative and entertaining seminars, classes and showcases
  • Discounts on countless shows
  • Discounts at local businesses and resources
  • Get your own personal web space to post show information, music and video
  • Exclusive access to member mailing lists
  • The opportunity to vote in the annual MAC Awards
There is a lot of wonderful information on this website concerning cabaret, primarily in New York City.  For example, you will find a listing of all the member clubs.  Each year they hold an awards ceremony.  However, I was also pleased to find that Roy Sander offers a really interesting Commentary section.  Here he has written several articles helpful to all cabaret entertainers, and offers tips for becoming stronger in the craft of cabaret.

I encourage you, if you are a cabaret entertainer or an avid audience member, to check out the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs website!

Is there a cabaret blog, website or performer that you would like to see featured on McElrath Cabaret? Leave us a note in the comments below—we always love to hear from our readers!


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ps–The Cabaret Soiree Link Party is still going strong–you can visit anytime to click on the links and see what others have posted, or you can share your own recent cabaret blog or cabaret website link from now through Thursday.  Link is below.


Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:

Mondays:  Cabaret Soiree Cabaret Blog Link Party

Tuesdays:  Cabaret Tip Tuesday

Wednesdays:  Ask A Cabaret Question

Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer

Fridays:  Cabaret Through Time

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About Athena at McElrath Cabaret

Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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