2018 Membership Vote

New York Hilton Midtown, New York City
11-11:45 a.m., Monday, January 15, 2018

Make your voice heard! Help shape the future of our association by voting on two important action items that require a quorum vote by the membership:

It is your right and privilege to take an active role in the future of APAP by fully understanding the proposed items and voting for or against their approval.

Please review the two items up for vote below and cast your vote now. The deadline to cast your electronic vote is January 5, 2018. Members may also cast votes in-person at the Annual Member Meeting at APAP|NYC, 11 a.m., Monday, January 15, 2018.

Your membership must be current through January 2018, the time the vote is counted.

Please note: In accordance with the current APAP bylaws, only the primary contact each organization may vote. If multiple votes are cast from a single organization, only the vote submitted by the primary contact will be counted.

The deadline for electronic voting was January 5. If you did not vote electronically, you can vote at the Member Meeting on Monday, January 15.

Active Board Members Eligible to Serve a Second Term

Karen A. Fischer
Founder and Director
Pasifika Artists Network
Maui, HI

Karen A. Fischer founded Pasifika Artists Network in 2009, the only agency in Hawai‘i promoting national and international touring for the performing arts of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. The Pasifika roster reflects traditional and contemporary performing arts in music, dance, and spoken word. Prior to launching her agency, she was President & CEO of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC), a multi-disciplinary presenting and arts education organization, having previously served as its managing director (1998-2009); among other accomplishments, she created and directed the MACC’s presenting program for 10 years. With over 30 years of national arts management experience, Karen’s background ranges from presenting and community-based organizations to fundraising, finance, strategic planning, and marketing. Before joining the MACC, she was at Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, The Joffrey Ballet in New York/Los Angeles, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She is active in the field, serving on boards (Academy of Hawaiian Music, and previously, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Western Arts Alliance, Performing Arts Presenters of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Association of Music Societies) and peer review panels (National Endowment for the Arts, State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority). Her career included dancing with Aman Folk Ensemble in Los Angeles.

Michael Reed
Senior Director of Programs & Organizational Initiatives
Arizona State University, Gammage
Tempe, AZ

Michael Reed has worked with ASU Gammage since retiring in 1995 from an international dance career. Mr. Reed oversees programming for ASU Gammage and ASU’s Kerr Cultural Center Kerr, cultural participation/education programs, as well as all fiscal, artistic, marketing, administrative, personnel, and physical plant for the Kerr Center. Recently awarded the Western Arts Alliance’s Leadership Award, Michael has served as a board member for Western Arts Alliance, co-chair for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters annual conference (APAP), a Hubsite and Advisor for the National Dance Project, a British Council showcase delegate – Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a panel speaker for The Australian Council for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, The Broadway League and Dance/USA. Mr. Reed is an active member of the Broadway League and serves on that organizations conference planning committee. Michael has presented Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, The Bolshoi Ballet, Anne Bogart/SITI Company, Eiko & Koma, Batsheva Dance Company, Chekhov International Theater Festival, The Israel Camerata, Daniel Bernard Roumain, The Apple Hill String Quartet, El Teatro Campesino (Luis Valdez), and many other artists. In his work at ASU Gammage he has also commissioned original scores by Kareem Roustom, Quetzal Guerrero, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Paul Dresher. His programs have been the recipient of awards from The Met Life Foundation, 100 Black Men, and The Arizona Department of Commerce.

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
New York, NY

Daniel Bernard Roumain’s acclaimed work as a composer and a performer has spanned more than two decades, and has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. Proving that he’s “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (The New York Times), DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations span the worlds of Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga.

DBR made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 with the American Composers Orchestra performing his Harlem Essay for Orchestra, a Whitaker commission. He was the first artist to be awarded Arizona State University’s prestigious Gammage Residency, “a three-year commitment to an extraordinary performing artist that includes performance, creative time and resources, intensive training for ASU students and local artists and engagement with many of the local communities.” His outreach and residencies have garnered extravagant praise and long-term relationships with countless universities, orchestras, and performing arts centers including the Berklee School of Music (Boston), More Music @Moore (Seattle), The Academy – a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute, PACE University and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (New York City), the University of North Carolina (Raleigh) and Vanderbilt University (Nashville).

DBR is currently working on We Shall Not Be Moved, a new chamber opera commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, Meditations for Raising Boys, a new oratorio commissioned by Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and BOUNCE: A Basketball Opera in 4 Quarters, commissioned by Ardea Arts. DBR is represented by Sozo Artists and Opus3 Artists, and lives in Harlem, New York City.

2018 APAP Board Nominee Slate

Alicia Adams
Vice President
The Kennedy Center
Washington, DC

Alicia B. Adams is the Vice President of International Programming and Dance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She joined the Kennedy Center in 1992.

Adams curated the Center’s major international festivals: IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture (2016), IBERIAN SUITE: Global Arts Remix (2015), Nordic Cool (20130, maximumINDIA (2011), ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World (2009), JAPAN! Culture + Hyperculture (2008), the Festival of China (2005), African Odyssey (1997-2000), AmericArtes (2000-2003) among others. Additionally, she curates the World Stages Series and Contemporary Dance series.

Adams has worked in the field of arts management for arts institutions including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Belafonte Enterprises, Inc., New York City Center Theatre, Harlem School of the Arts and International Production Associates (NYC).

She serves as a Trustee of the Williamstown Theater Festival, International Society for the Performing Arts(ISPA), Founding Council of the Caine Prize for African Writing (UK), Africa 95 (UK), and on the Advisory Council for Lab Think Tank, Global Performance and Politics Georgetown University. She is a member of the Conference Committee for Association of Performing Arts Presenters(APAP); Advisory Council, American Dance Abroad and Advisory Committee for Harlem School of the Arts. Adams has also served as a Trustee of the All Roads Film Festival, National Geographic and; as a panelist for National Dance Panel, and Center Stage, New England Foundation on the Arts(NEFA). In 2017 she co-hosted the ISPA Congress(NYC) and curated the American Dance Platform, the Joyce Theater(NYC).

Adams has an MA from Columbia University, a BS from New York University and a Certificate in Arts Administration from Harvard University’s School of Business Administration. Adams was the APAP recipient of the Fan Taylor Award in 2012. In 2014, she was decorated by Sweden with the Royal Order of The Polar Star and by Finland with Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion.

Lulani Arquette
President and CEO
Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
Portland, OR

T. Lulani Arquette is Native Hawaiian and the President/CEO of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF); a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting the diversity of artistic expression in American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.

Under her leadership the foundation launched in 2009 and has been successfully operating since that time providing support to artists, organizations, and communities. Arquette brings over 30 years of professional experience leading organizations to their highest creativity and potential through strategic visioning and planning, innovative program development, building valuable relationships in community and developing funding partnerships across sectors.

Before coming to the Foundation, Arquette worked in Hawai`i with Native Hawaiian organizations in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. She was instrumental in developing the first for-profit subsidiary of ALU LIKE, Inc., the largest multi-service organization in Hawai`i serving Native Hawaiians. With a strong interest in leadership development, she created the Hawai`i Leadership Center, a unique leadership program for executives and managers, that looked at leadership through the lens of three distinct ethnic groups – Hawaiian, Asian and Caucasian. She earned a master’s degree in political science and has been an advocate for Native self-determination and social justice.

Holding a second degree in drama and theatre from the University of Hawai`i, she has performed and participated in stage productions, television shows, and film projects. Arts and cultures has always played a strong role in her personal life and professional development, and she greatly admires her grandmother who was an accomplished musician and singer.

Public service and giving back are part of Arquette’s passion. She is currently a board member for Grantmakers In the Arts, and past board service includes the National Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Hawai`i Capitol Culture District, Organization of Women Leaders and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.

Eddie Cota
Champion City
Los Angeles, CA

Eddie Cota is an arts and cultural strategist in Los Angeles, and founder of creative marketing agency Champion City. Over the past 12 years, he has developed some of the most innovative programs with brands, nonprofits, and festivals that have shaped the cultural landscape of the city.

His career started in radio marketing for pop station 102.7 KIIS-FM in 2006, and was later recruited by the first bilingual radio station on the West Coast, Mega 96.3. Mega represented a new frontier of marketing to a bilingual audience, which paved the way for several new media networks that wanted to reach the crossover Latino demographic.

In 2008, he became Artistic Director of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Pasadena, a non-profit dedicated to providing free access to the arts in underserved communities through a summer concert series. He also acquired programming responsibilities for sister organization the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park in 2010. Over the course of six seasons, Cota programmed 500 total concerts that served an audience of more than 600,000. The LA Times profiled Cota in both 2011 and 2012 for his innovative multicultural programming that made both Pasadena and MacArthur Park cultural destinations in Los Angeles. The program was recognized nationally as a musical tastemaker for breaking emerging talent and giving international artists their U.S. debuts. To this day, several artists that were seen at the Levitt Pavilion first are being discovered by major festivals and PAC’s, and winning Grammy Awards.

His work at the Levitt Pavilion led to energy drink Red Bull hiring Cota as a consultant to lead their new Hispanic marketing initiatives and develop more music programs. In 2013, he became the Cultural Programmer of creative agency Imprint Projects, where he developed cutting-edge programs and content platforms for clients such as Sonos, Levi’s, Virgin, Moog, Google and more.

In the Fall of 2015, Cota founded creative marketing agency Champion City to focus on clients that are interested in making a cultural, social, or creative impact through the arts. In 2017, he was recognized as one of CSQ Magazine’s NextGen Top 10 leaders in the category of “philanthropy, arts and culture.”

Beth Macmillan
Executive Director
Reno, NV

Beth Macmillan joined Artown as Festival Manager in February 2001 and was promoted to Executive Director in November of 2003. Macmillan, formerly a professional dancer and actress expanded into arts administration through various roles such as Production Company Manager, Public Relations Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Founder and Owner/Director of a small, highly successful arts education business, Executive Director of a major dance organization and business owner and distributor.

Macmillan thrives in a fast paced work environment while managing a wide range of responsibilities. As Executive Director she has produced Artown events, created “out of the box” approaches and strategic partnerships to presentations, co-presentations and future Artown commissions. Currently, Beth has expanded her commitment to the Arts with a recent two-year appointment as President of the Western Arts Alliance (WAA), a membership association of performing arts professionals throughout the western states and provinces.

Macmillan was awarded Woman of Distinction and Woman of Achievement in 2009. She has made several presentations about Artown regionally and nationally including Arts Presenters, California Travel & Tourism Commission, Nevada Travel and Tourism, World Choir Games, and several regional service organizations. In 2016 Beth was presented an award from The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) for exceptional leadership.

Toby Tumarkin
Senior Vice President
IMG Artists
New York, NY

Toby Tumarkin is the SVP and Global Head of Artists & Attractions at IMG Artists where he directs the growth and management of IMGA’s international shows, attractions, world music, jazz and Folk/Americana roster from the company’s New York office. He also manages the development, co-production and representation of new projects under the IMG Artists Presents banner. Prior to joining IMG Artists in February 2016 Toby enjoyed a 17-year career at Columbia Artists Management and CAMI Music where he served as Executive Vice President.

Toby has represented more than a dozen Grammy®-winning and nominated artists and has been instrumental in introducing and expanding the reach of diverse musical genres to many theatres across the United States. Toby is one of the founders of NextGen (now WAA 35 Below), the Western Arts Alliance’s program designed to foster relationships between young professionals in the performing arts. He is also a member of the inaugural class of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Emerging Leaders Institute. A native of New York City, Toby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vassar College and a Post-Graduate diploma in voice from Trinity College London.