| NEW YORK CITY | At the beginning of every January, the performing arts industry gather for five days of professional development, business deals and exciting performances. Throves of performing arts leaders, artists, managers, agents and presenters descend upon New York City to discuss important trends in performing arts, to explore challenges and opportunities anticipated for the future, and to conduct business by showcasing artists and connecting them to audiences in the U.S. and around the world.

This year, the national convening and marketplace took place Jan. 6 to 10. Inside this busy culture, the acronym “APAP|NYC” becomes the focal point. The letters stand for Association of Arts Presenters; this group sponsors an annual membership conference. Arts professionals grapple with how to contribute to the flow of creativity, business, challenges to the norm and the dynamic thinking that will move forward the performing arts industry and the individuals who comprise it.

APAP|NYC 2017 by the numbers:

  • 3,600+ attendees from 49 states and 36 countries
  • 5 days of programming plus pre-conference sessions
  • 83 professional development sessions
  • Almost 400 booths in the EXPO Hall – SOLD OUT every year
  • 1,000+ showcase performances.
Time to get fried | Hit up Taylor Mac and #APAP2017 talks @apap365 (1/6/2017) - Tweet this @apap365 #apap2017 #apapnyc
Laurie Anderson Laurie Anderson toplines a bevy of performing industry awardees at #APAPNYC coven (1/5/2017) - By Randy Gener NEW YORK CITY |  There will be a surprise winner. We don’t yet know who. The one clue we’ve been handed is that its an industry award for exemplary service to the field of professional presenting. Can you guess? No matter. #APAPNYC has booked its 2017 award winners, whose identities were announced. Based on nominations by colleagues in this particular field, four winners have been selected by an APAP panel of national arts leaders and arts presenters. Another group, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA) has committed to presenting two awards to its agents and presenters at the same APAP event. What is APAP, did you say? It’s a marketplace for performing arts professionals.  It is a networking forum. For most of the year, it focuses on professional development and leadership programs.  It invites speakers to New York to examine in a public setting the ins and outs of creative collaboration, pitching yourself as artists (dance, music, theater, tours, museums, you name it), what it means to be a presenters and producers, and how to tap into new works that are currently in development or recently completed and ready to tour.  The letters stands for Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and it’s based in Washington, D.C. And what is APAPNYC|2017?  In the culture of arts presenting, it’s an excuse every winter to get everybody to Manhattan to see artsy shows and entertainment showcases. Geared toward presenters, artists, managers, agents and emerging arts leaders, APAP’s New York conference dedicates itself to supporting a robust performing arts industry and the professionals who work within it.  Learn more about the January 6–10, 2017 edition of APAPNYC.org. (Other sources:APAP365.org, Twitter @APAP365 and Facebook facebook.com/APAPNYC.) At a New York luncheon noon on Monday, January 9, the association’s annual showcase get together will recognize a number of artists, …
#APAPNYC touts “7 Things Not to Miss at its January New York convening (1/5/2017) - Art is intrinsically feeding us and generating hope for us. @marthartivista #apapnyc