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What is APAP?

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters is the national service, advocacy and professional organization for presenters of the performing arts. APAP is dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts industry and the professionals who work within it.

What does APAP do?

In addition to the annual APAP|NY​C conference - the world's leading convening for the performing arts (January 9-13, 2015) - APAP is the industry's leading community for networking and knowledge. APAP strengthens and advances your career and the field through professional development, resource sharing, advocacy and civic engagement.

Who joins APAP?

Our more than 5,000 national and international members come from:

  • performing arts centers
  • arts venues
  • university and municipal performance facilities
  • artist agencies and management companies
  • touring companies
  • consulting practices
  • vendors
  • self-presenting artists

Member Benefits

APAP|NYC Annual Membership Conference

An unmatched networking and educational experience for presenters, artists, managers and agents throughout the world, our annual membership conference in New York draws more than 3,600 participants and hosts thousands of performances over five days - making it the largest annual performing arts gathering in the world. To learn more, please visit

Spotlights E-newsletter

Spotlights is the new bi-weekly, members-only e-newsletter of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Spotlights features important APAP updates, industry news, funding opportunities, job openings, member news and so much more - it's a true benefit of APAP membership and a tangible tool for your career.

Inside Arts Magazine Subscription

Inside Arts is the official magazine of APAP. The quarterly magazine explores issues critical to the field through in-depth features, interviews and member news. Advertising discounts are available to APAP members.

Seminars, Education and Professional Development

APAP offers the very best in professional development for members at APAP|NYC and beyond. Throughout the year, members enjoy opportunities to take advantage of:

Funding Opportunities, Grants and Scholarships

APAP offers several grant programs, such as the popular Cultural Exchange Fund, exclusively to APAP members. Members are kept updated on external funding and grant opportunities in the Spotlights e-newsletter. In addition, members may opt-in to receive free subscriptions to the Dana Foundation Newsletter, Arts Education in the News and the GrantStationInsider e-newsletter.

Membership Directory and Artist Roster

All APAP members and their artists are readily available to you any time of day in our online Membership Directory and Artist Roster. You can search on a number of criteria and print versions of either directory that can be used as reference tools for connecting with the contacts you need!


One of the foremost advocates for the performing arts in America, APAP represents your interests before the U.S. Congress, the White House and federal agencies. Receive regular advocacy updates about national, state and local issues that matter to you directly from APAP.

Visa Technical Assistance

Visa support letters and technical assistance are available from our staff exclusively for members. APAP also supports, which provides guidance and tips on securing visas for foreign guest artists as well as the latest rules and regulations, downloadable toolboxes, worksheets, forms and links.

APAP Job Bank & Career Center

APAP members and the field at large may search and post job openings online in one of the most popular performing arts job banks.

Affinity Memberships

Becoming a member of APAP gets you even more special benefits through our affinity partners. See the full list of APAP partners!

Fractured Atlas logo Fractured Atlas
Free associate membership with Fractured Atlas is available to APAP members through an affinity program. Simply fill out the online associate membership application at You will instantly become an associate member of the nation's fastest growing arts service organization. And it's all free!

Arts Action Fund logo Arts Action Fund
APAP members receive free membership to the Arts Action Fund at the Advocate level. The Arts Action Fund, affiliated with Americans for the Arts, is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. The Arts Action Fund seeks to engage citizens in education and advocacy in support of the arts and arts education.

PAA logo Performing Arts Alliance
APAP is a member of the Performing Arts Allianceand APAP members have access to PAA advocacy tools, action alerts and policy research. The PAA is a coalition of national performing arts service organizations dedicated to advocating for national policies that recognize, enhance and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America. Alliance membership includes more than 27,000 organizational and individual members.

Photos by Jacob Belcher and Juan Padron for APAP.​​

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