ShowDown® Event Cancellation Insurance

BUA’s ShowDown® Event Cancellation Insurance program has insured thousands of events.

Every event is different, and our team of experts has the experience to craft exact coverage you need for your event.

Event organizers rely on if your event is cancelled for any reasons beyond your control, ShowDown® Event Cancellation Insurance responds, limiting the financial impact on you.

Trade Shows, Expositions, Conventions and Meetings

Tradeshow, Exposition, Convention and Meetings

Our ShowDown® Event Cancellation Insurance program is one of the largest in the industry and our tradeshow policy form is the broadest in the market. Our program strengths also include the following:

  • Coverage – We provide an easy to read policy form that offers the broadest coverage in the industry.
  • Rates – Our rates are often the most competitive
  • Security – We only utilize insurance companies that have a long-term history with this coverage and rated “A” or better by AM Best
  • Terrorism coverage – We offer the broadest terms for covering terrorism in the industry
  • Market Knowledge – Our experienced team/underwriters has seen all types of risks, large or small, and has the ability to guide you through process

ShowDown® Event Cancellation Insurance allows the show manager to:

  • Return exhibitor fees
  • Retain net profits
  • Pay incurred expenses

In addition our form automatically includes a $500,000 limit to be applied for:

  • Property
  • Door Registration Receipts
  • Additional Expenses
  • Financial Commitments
  • Additional Marketing Costs

In addition to ShowDown® Event Cancellation Insurance, we also have programs for Trade Show Organizers and Trade Show Exhibitors

Sporting Events

Event Cancellation for Sporting Events

Whether in the US or around the globe, ShowDown® Event Cancellation covers everything from racing to rodeo. Sporting events have significant financial exposures.  Many events are unique and involve a great deal of time and effort from the event organizer’s perspective.  Both indoor and outdoor events can be cancelled due to adverse weather, issues with the venue, an earthquake, terrorism or any host of other issues.

  • ShowDown® ’s rates are highly competitive
  • Security – We has access to a range of “A” rated (or better) insurance markets
  • Terrorism is always a concern with major sporting events.  ShowDown® has broad options for Terrorism coverage.

We believe it is critical that we discuss the aspects surrounding your event so we can tailor the coverage to meet your needs and budget.


Entertainment - Concerts and Events

Event Cancellation for Entertainment Events

A venue packed with thousands of cheering fans make concerts memorable and unique.  If, however, unforeseen circumstances prevent the show from going on, the artist, the venue and the promoter all lose.  ShowDown® Event Cancellation coverage may be purchased by the individual venue that has a financial interest in the show occurring or by the concert or tour promoter.

Non-Appearance Insurance can be included on a ShowDown® policy when an event is dependent upon an individual or group. It protects you against your headline performer’s inability to perform to an untimely illness, accident or travel delay.

Typically, your insurance policy includes:

  • Death
  • Sickness
  • Accident
  • Unavoidable travel delay
  • Adverse Weather
  • Fire
  • Earthquake
  • Civil Unrest

Coverage is available worldwide. We will work with you to ensure we understand your show or event and build a policy that meets your needs and budget.


Other ShowDown® Programs

Organizer Liability Insurance

Event Organizer Liability Insurance

Planners and organizers of all types of events have a special exposure to claims because of the “public assembly” nature of their business. BUA offers a specialized Commercial General Liability and Umbrella Liability insurance program to address these risks.

This coverage will meet the insurance requirements of event venues and it includes a package of enhancements that make it uniquely suited to the needs of the exhibition and special events industry.

Whether your event is a public or trade event, takes place indoors or outdoors, includes conferences and meeting, this program will provide you the financial protection you require. Download an Event Organizer Liability application here or a Special Event General Liability application here. Not sure which one you need? Contact us today so we can help you find the exact plan you need.

Exhibitor Liability Insurance

Exhibitor Liability Insurance

The Exhibitor Liability General Liability Insurance Program pays for you if an event attendee or hall worker alleges that you caused an injury to them. It can also pay for you if another exhibitor or the hall where the show is held alleges that you damaged their property.

This program is valuable for:

  • Foreign exhibitors whose liability insurance will not cover them at a U.S. show
  • Exhibitors who find it easier to use this program rather than their corporate insurance
  • Exhibitors who do not have insurance

The cost is $100 per event for a policy with limits of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 per event.

You may log in to our programs below:

US Exhibitor Liability Program Login

Foreign Exhibitor Liability Program Login

Organizer Insurance

Event Cancellation for Conferences, Tradeshows, Meetings and Summits

BUA’s ShowDown® Exhibition Event Cancellation Program is designed specifically for trade shows, conventions, consumer shows or meetings.

ShowDown® is an “All-Risk” policy and protects you and your organization against financial loss due to:

  • Cancellation
  • Abandonment
  • Postponement
  • Curtailment
  • Interruption
  • Relocation
  • Reduced Attendance
  • Failure to Vacate the Venue

Many additional Coverage Extensions are provided automatically. For example, Terrorism, Property, Door Receipts, Newly Formed Events, Additional Marketing/Advertising Expenses and Hotel Commitments are all automatically included in the ShowDown® Event Cancellation Program.

ShowDown® Event Cancellation Insurance Program allows the show manager to:

  • Return exhibitor fees
  • Retain net profits
  • Pay incurred expenses

Coverage is available worldwide and the form can be modified to address perils unique to location of the event.
To receive a no-obligation proposal, simply complete ShowDown® Event Cancellation Insurance Application.

Mono Line Terrorism Insurance

Mono-Line Terrorism Insurance

Our ShowDown® Terrorism Insurance Program is unique. It is the only Mono-line Terrorism product available in the event insurance industry. Our terrorism insurance policy is a comprehensive policy developed exclusively for event organizers to insure all or part of your event budget.

The ShowDown® Terrorism Insurance is an “All-Risk” policy that protects you and your organization against financial loss due to:

  • Cancellation
  • Abandonment
  • Postponement
  • Interruption
  • Relocation
  • Threat

The ShowDown® Terrorism Insurance Program allows show managers to:

  • Return Exhibitor Fees
  • Retain Net Profits
  • Pay Incurred Expenses

Coverage is available worldwide for events scheduled to take place within 12 months.

To receive a no-obligation proposal, simply complete our online Terrorism Insurance Application or contact us.