What Is APAP? Here’s What Art Lovers Should Know About This Massive NYC Arts Conference

What Is APAP? Here’s What Art Lovers Should Know About This Massive NYC Arts Conference

Thousands of arts professionals are set to gather in New York City this week for an annual conference hosted by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, commonly known as APAP. Each year, the meeting provides a stomping ground for arts administrators and artists of all types to explore the latest trends and developments in their respective fields.

With locations scattered throughout the city and central hubs at the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square, this year’s conference — which runs Jan. 3-8 — is teeming with opportunities for emerging artists to hobnob with industry veterans, find out about grant opportunities and see performance showcases featuring artists from across the United States. All told, the conference features 1,000 performances and an expo hall boasting more than 400 booths from arts-inclined companies. Speakers at APAP include Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, PBS Arts Advisor Jane Chu, MacArthur Genius Vijay Gupta and more. ALL ARTS, a media partner of APAP, will be providing live coverage on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

“The gathering is designed to demonstrate how an industry can work together and drive change together, generating the energy, ideas, inspiration and collective power that fuels both movements and individual performing arts professionals,” the organization said in a statement announcing the conference’s 2019 roster.

Established in 1957, APAP has roots in the college arts scene but has since grown into a nationwide organization that focuses (mostly) on providing a networking platform. According to its website, APAP members include regional, state and local arts agencies; service organizations; producing companies; artist management; booking agencies; and, of course, individual artists.

Those interested in finding out more about the 2019 conference can check out the video below or visit APAP‘s website.

Top Image: Courtesy of Association of Performing Arts Professionals