You'll see that the most recent posts refer to what sometimes happens for students fortunate enough to be in a showcase. A new wrinkle - one note that's come up recently in the industry is that showcase results are not necessarily what they used to be. Especially in the past year, several folks we know from colleges, agencies, management offices, etc have admitted that the economy has impacted how many folks show to see the talent, how many invitations to meet are offered, etc. At least last year, the numbers for invitations, specifically, were lower for many schools. And, according to the agents and managers it wasn't related to the caliber of talent. Keep in mind this is just what our household and friends in the industry have heard, not everyone we know. And,of course, exposure is still exposure.
So my point is that this is a common question which has carried some weight in the past for certain folks making final choice decisions on schools. It would be interesting to consider more recent years activity and those upcoming in the industry. The impact of a school providing a showcase today might not be what it was even two or three years ago. By no means am I against showcases - I had a child participate in one in 2010 and have one preparing for hers this spring. Just food for thought.