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APAP Awards Recipients

Award of Merit for achievement in the performing arts

Awarded to an individual whose genius, energy and excellence have defined or redefined an art form for today's audiences. In previous years, organizations, which had a profound and lasting effect on the performing arts, also were eligible for this award.

  • Philip Glass (2014)
  • Judith Jamison (2013)
  • George Wein (2012)
  • Charles Reinhart (2011)
  • John O'Neal (2010)
  • Jessye Norman (2009)
  • Marlboro Music Festival (2008)
  • Tina Ramirez (2007)
  • Ornette Coleman (2006)
  • Paul Taylor (2005)
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock (2004)
  • Kronos Quartet (2003)
  • Jennifer Tipton (2002)
  • Rachel Rosenthal (2001)
  • Bill T. Jones (2000)
  • Wynton Marsalis (1999)
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov (1998)
  • National Endowment for the Arts (1996)
  • Katherine Dunham (1995)
  • Harvey Lichtenstein (1993)
  • Guarneri String Quartet (1992)
  • Dr. Billy Taylor (1991)
  • Merce Cunningham (1990)
  • Young Concert Artists (1988)
  • Lloyd Richards (1985)
  • Alvin Ailey (1984)
  • Ralph Burgard (1982)
  • Patrick Hayes (1981)
  • Rudolf Serkin (1978)
  • Aaron Copland (1976)
  • Johnson Foundation (1973)
  • Martha Graham (1969)
  • Marian Anderson (1964)
  • Isaac Stern (1960)
  • Sol Hurok (1959)

Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service to the field of professional presenting

The Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual whose outstanding service, creative thinking and leadership have had a significant impact on the profession of presenting and/or on the Association of Arts Presenters. This award honors Fan Taylor for her many contributions to the field of presenting. Taylor was instrumental in the development of what was then called the Association of College and University Concert managers. She served as Arts Presenters' first secretary-treasurer and eventually as the first executive director.

  • Holden & Arts Associates (2014)
  • Abel Lopez (2013)
  • Alicia Adams (2012)
  • Ken Fischer (2011)
  • Byron Gustafson (2010)
  • Phil Bither (2009)
  • Kenneth Foster (2008)
  • Colleen Jennings-Roggensack (2007)
  • Robert Browning (2006)
  • Terrence Jones (2005)
  • John Killacky (2004)
  • Olga Garay (2003)
  • Susie Farr (2002)
  • Jacqueline Davis (2001)
  • Ivan Sygoda (2000)
  • Tim Van Leer (1999)
  • Jo Long (1998)
  • Bill Mitchell (1996)
  • Klaus W. Kolmar (1995)
  • Arnie Malina (1994)
  • John Gingrich (1993)
  • Gerald Yoshitomi (1992)
  • David White (1991)
  • Ralph Sandler (1990)
  • Jan Oetinger (1989)
  • Halsey North (1988)
  • Lawrence Wilker (1987)
  • Henry Bowers (1986)
  • Gail Rector (1985)
  • Tom Bacchetti (1984)
  • Bill Dawson (1983)
  • Rudy Alexander (1982)
  • Jack Cohan (1981)
  • Ella Pratt (1980)
  • Betty Connors (1979)
  • Jim Wockenfuss (1978)
  • Wayne Stark (1977)
  • Howard Jones (1976)
  • Jerry Willis (1975)
  • Francis Inglis (1973)
  • Fan Taylor (1972)

William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence for sustained achievement in programming

The William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence is presented to an individual or organization for the quality, innovation and vision of program design, audience building and community involvement efforts. The award is named to honor William M. Dawson for the service he provided to the field of arts administration during his 14 years as Director of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, then the Association of College, university and Community Arts Administrators (ACUCAA).

  • Harlem Stage (2014)
  • On the Boards (2013)
  • White Bird Dance (2012)
  • Mark Russell/Under The Radar (2011)
  • Pamela Tatge (2010)
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center (2009)
  • Stephanie Hughley (2008)
  • Ella Baff (2007)
  • Rachel Cooper (2006)
  • Ruth Felt (2005)
  • Baraka Sele (2004)
  • Luis Valdez and Teatro Campesino (2003)
  • La Pena Cultural Center (2002)
  • Ellis Finger, Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College (2002)
  • New World Theater, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2001)
  • Grand Performances (2000)
  • Quad City Visiting Artists' Series (1999)
  • Cal Performances (1998)
  • Theatreworks/USA (1998)
  • CITYFOLK (1996)
  • Hancher Auditorium/University of Iowa (1996)
  • North Carolina Black Repertory Company (1995)
  • Walker Art Center (1995)
  • Oregon Bach Festival (1994)
  • Bushnell Memorial Hall (1994)
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (1992)
  • The Sheldon Arts Foundation (1991)
  • Arts Midwest (1990)
  • University Musical Society of the
  • University of Michigan (1990)
  • Krannert Center (1989)
  • Chamber Music Chicago (1988)
  • 92nd Street Y (1988)
  • O'Shaughnessy Auditorium (1987)
  • Purdue University (1986)
  • The Claremont Colleges/Bridges Auditorium (1986)
  • Metropolitan Arts Council of Omaha (1986)
  • Lee County Alliance of the Arts (1986)

Sidney R. Yates Advocacy Award for outstanding advocacy on behalf of the performing arts

The Sidney R. Yates Advocacy Award honors an individual, or an organization, for a particular advocacy effort or for a sustained advocacy campaign at the national, state or local level that has had a significant impact on the performing arts. The award honors the late Congressman Sidney R. Yates, whose commitment to the arts was legendary and who continues to serve as an inspiration to all of us.

  • Robert L. Lynch (2014)​
  • Philip Horn (2013)
  • Ben Cameron (2012)
  • Frank Hodsoll (2011)
  • FTM Arts Law (2010)
  • Billy Taylor (2008)
  • The Honorable Edward M. Kennedy (2007)
  • Louise Slaughter (2006)
  • The Wallace Foundation (2005)
  • Tim Miller (2004)
  • Nancy Pelosi (2003)
  • Masura “Pundy” Yokouchi (2002)
  • Tom Ridge (2002)
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