2020 Membership Vote

New York Hilton Midtown, New York City
11-11:45 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2020

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 Thursday, January 2, 2020. Members may also cast votes in-person at the Annual Member Meeting at APAP|NYC, 11 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2020.

Your membership must be current through January 2020, 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 is January 2. If you did not vote electronically, you can vote at the Member Meeting on Monday, January 13.

Active Board Members Eligible to Serve a Second Term


Jean Cook
New York, NY

Jean Cook is an artist, producer, and advocate for musicians. From 2005-2015, Jean directed research, education, and advocacy initiatives for Future of Music Coalition. Her portfolio for FMC mapped some significant impacts of emerging digital structures on marginalized segments of the music industry; key areas of work included jazz and classical music metadata, jazz radio playlist composition (and how to improve data collection), “last mile” royalty payment infrastructure, and understanding how copyright impacts indigenous artists in places like Ethiopia, Tajikistan and Australia. She was co-director of FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams research project, assembling the broadest and deepest existing data set on US-based musician income and copyright to date. Jean served on the founding Steering Committee for the Cultural Research Network (USA), and is a member of BMI, American Federation of Musicians Local 802, and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammys). As a musician, she has performed on over 100 albums and concert films, including two Grammy nominations, and has toured over 1,000 dates on four continents with various groups including Art Ensemble of Chicago, Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Jon Langford, Beauty Pill, and Ida. Prior to FMC she worked in jazz and classical radio and for a major multidisciplinary performing arts presenter. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and the Tri-Centric Foundation, the Steering Committee of the Local 802 Indie Music Caucus, and is a member of the Music Policy Forum Action Network. She has been the Program Associate for the Technology and Society Program at the Ford Foundation since 2016.


Renae Williams Niles
Chief Operating Officer
USC Kaufman School of Dance
Los Angeles, CA

Renae Williams Niles has been working in the arts for over 25 years and in her current role, she oversees all administrative aspects of the school and co leads the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion efforts. Previously she held the position of Vice President of Programming at The Music Center in Los Angeles. Prior to The Music Center, Niles was the Director of Grant Programs for the L.A. County Arts Commission and also served on the artist review panel for the Ford Amphitheatre; Company Manager of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Special Projects/Marketing Manager with Grand Performances. She continues to consult and guest curate with many presenters across the country including the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

Niles served in several capacities during her 13 years on the Western Arts Alliance Board including chairing the conference and governance committees as well as various officer positions including President. She was previously on the Dance/USA Board of Trustees and served as an advisor for New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Niles has been an active member of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals since 1995 and currently serves on the governance, finance and executive committees. Niles has also been a grant review panelist for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, MAP Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts and United States Artists among others. She graduated from the USC School of Journalism, Public Relations and is an adjunct professor for Claremont Graduate University’s Arts Management program.


Francine Sheffield
Owner and Founder
Sheffield Global Arts Management
Richmond, VA

Francine Sheffield started her dance career in New Jersey, where she was born and raised. She went to Montclair State University where she received her BFA in dance performance. Francine has performed with choreographers such as H.T. Chen, Wendy Perron, Amy Pivar, Marlies Yearby and Baraka De Soleil. She was a company member of Urban Bush Women under the leadership of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar for 6 years, where she traveled and performed all over the world. Francine pursued and received a MA in Performing Arts Administration from New York University, where she interned at IMG Artists as a Dance Division Representative in New York and ADAD (Association for Dance of the African Diaspora) as the Audience Development Specialist in London, England. She also studied abroad in Uganda, East Africa, for a cultural exchange of learning and teaching dance to underserved children. Francine then went on to work as Artist Representative for Pentacle, where she booked engagements for emerging dance companies. With her knowledge of dance and skills in arts administration, Francine decided to start her own arts management company, Sheffield Global Arts Management in 2014.

As an APAP exhibitor, Francine was selected for the Emerging Leadership Institute, class of 2013 and was a recipient of the inaugural APAP|NYC Participation Assistance Fund for the 2016 conference.<=

2020 APAP Board Nominee Slate


Amy Lam
Artistic Programmer
Celebrity Series
Boston, MA

Amy Lam is the Artistic Programmer of the Celebrity Series of Boston. In this capacity, Ms. Lam curates and programs over sixty diverse events each season, ranging from orchestras, chamber music and recitals, to contemporary dance, jazz, pop and world music. Under Ms. Lam’s direction, the programming palette of the Celebrity Series expanded beyond the tradition of presenting the world’s finest classical artists to include a variety of disciplines such as new music, contemporary folk music, speakers, theater and interdisciplinary productions. Ms. Lam’s creative and skillful introduction of new artistic voices and initiatives have led to a steady growth of the organization over the past two decades, and the eclectic mix of events has become the signature brand of the Celebrity Series today.

In addition to her work at the Celebrity Series, Ms. Lam also consults for a wide range of cultural institutions. Recent projects include guest curation for American Dance Platform at the Joyce Theatre, NYC, project management and international relations for New England Conservatory, artistic planning for Milton Academy, strategic planning for Boston University Tanglewood Institute, among others.

Prior to joining the Celebrity Series in 1991, Ms. Lam held positions at Aaron Concert Management in Boston, MidAmerica Productions in New York City, and the Anderson Center for the Arts in Binghamton, NY.

Since 2013, Ms. Lam has been a member of the Artistic Committee for Music Accord, a national consortium of performing arts presenters dedicated to new music commissioning. She was a board member of Dance/USA and served as the organization’s Treasurer. She also served as a director on the boards of Dover Cultural Council, Soldiers Field Park Children’s Center at Harvard Business School, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Massachusetts and Boston Dance Alliance.

Ms. Lam holds an MBA in Arts Administration from Binghamton University of New York, and graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a BA in Music.


Omari Rush
Executive Director
Detroit, MI

Omari Rush has engaged the arts as both a passion and profession, and in each mode, he continues to enjoy discovery and deepening impacts. As executive director of CultureSource in Detroit and as the governor-appointed chairman of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, he advances efforts to have creative and cultural expression thrive in diverse communities. Complementing that work, Omari is a board member of Arts Midwest in Minneapolis and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in Washington, D.C.

Omari earned degrees in music from Florida State University and the University of Michigan, and extended his love for learning by managing the K-12 education program of the University Musical Society (UMS), by serving on the John F. Kennedy Center's Partners in Education National Advisory Committee, and by serving as the chairman of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation.

A lapsed clarinetist, Omari now uses his voice to co-host an arts-focused radio show on WEMU-FM and recite Robert Frost poetry.


Beatrice Thomas
Consultant, Arts Equity Strategist, Artist
San Francisco, CA

Beatrice Thomas is an arts equity consultant, multi-disciplinary artist, and creative producer whose social practice lies at the intersection of arts, equity and accountability. Thomas nationally advances the work of queer, trans and POC artists. And for nearly a decade, she has worked in a number of arts sectors in from Austin, TX to the San Francisco Bay, dedicating her career to philanthropy and professional development for individual artists. Previously she held senior and senior consulting positions at San Francisco Arts Commission, foolsFURY Theatre, and SAFEhouse Arts. She was an inaugural APAP Leadership Fellow, is an 2020 APAP conference co-chair and received her MFA from the University of Texas.


Cristina Vázquez
Contenidos Artisticos
Chicago, IL

In 2013, Cristina Vázquez founded Contenidos Artisticos, Produccion y Difusion A.C. in Mexico. Working in partnership with other performing arts and culture producers, she facilitates events and performances. To-date, these have included: the Jose Alfredo Jiménez International Festival (2012 & 2013); operas for the Teatro del Bicentenario (2011-2016); and performing arts programming for the State Institute of Culture of Guanajuato (Since 2013). Vázquez developed and staged the concept of the Urban Encounter: Todo sobre Ruelas (Everything of Ruelas) in the city of Zacatecas; and the Anniversary Parade of Leon, Guanajuato (2018). Since 2013, Vazquez has worked as a producer for the National Institute of Fine Arts and the National Dance Company, and since 2015 for the National Opera Company and the National Theater Coordination. Currently Vázquez is the acting producer of the international piano festival “en Blanco y Negro” at the National Center of the Arts (CENART).

Cristina Vázquez is a specialist in Cultural Management, certified by institutions such as the Secretary of Mexican Culture and the 17 Institute of Critical Studies. She received certification in Critical Thinking in Cultural Management (2013) and Cultural Management in Latin America (2005) from the 17 Institute of Critical Studies. Vazquez’ achievements in arts and culture include: consultant for the Municipality of Zacatecas in the preparation of its cultural development plan (2010); National Book Fair (FeNaL) Coordinator (2006 – 2009); consultant for Hay (literary festival, 2009) Zacatecas; programmer of the Teatro del Bicentenario, Leon, Guanajuato (2010). In 2006 Vázquez graduated from the University UNIVER in her hometown of León, Guanajato with a BA of Arts, majoring in communication. She currently lives in Chicago.