APAP|NYC 2019 Highlights

Thank you for joining us at APAP|NYC 2019 as we harnessed "The Power of WE", coming together to rethink how business gets done, voicing our thoughts and ideas in the APAP Town Hall, and examining how we as an industry strengthen the arts and contribute to the vitality of our communities. 

APAPNYC 2019 Sunday Plenary by Adam Kissick/APAP


APAP|NYC 2019 by the Numbers

  • Over 3,600 attendees, with 617 new colleagues and more than 200 international colleauges
  • 29 countries and 49 U.S. states represented
  • 52 professional development sessions
  • 26 networking and forum meetings
  • 1,060 showcase performances
  • Almost 400 EXPO Hall booths

Plenary Videos

Each year our plenary speakers help us learn, connect and engage in discussions around pressing current cultural, artistic and professional issues. You can watch all of the plenary sessions and the Awards Ceremony for continued inspiration about future of the industry.

Opening Plenary Session: The Power of Art: Jane Chu

Jane Chu celebrates the leadership role the arts play in our world. Bringing her unique perspective as an artist, former arts presenter, recent head of the National Endowment for the Arts, and now adviser to PBS, Chu has seen first-hand how the arts are a positive force that brings people together across the U.S. and across differences.

Saturday Plenary Session: 5 Provocations for Rethinking the Industry: Leading into the Future

In the face of a chaotic present and a wildly uncertain future, artists and arts leaders don’t have the luxury of “business as usual”. The leaders of today and tomorrow must take charge of making and remaking the present and future of our art, our sector, ourselves and our world. Following two years of research and active learning, members of APAP’s Leadership Fellows Program question, provoke and challenge the field to think differently about widely held assumptions, the way we do business and the status quo.

Sunday Plenary Session: APAP|NYC Town Hall: The Power of WE

Make your voice heard as we forge the future of the field together! This year we will host a true Town Hall to tackle tough questions facing our field about the roles, rules and realities of the evolving performing arts industry. Are the tried and true approaches still working? Are we relying on assumptions about each other—presenter, manager, artist, rising leader or veteran leaders—that warrant more honest and open discussion with one another? Can we share perspectives that might shift our points of view? Whether you're an early, mid-career, or seasoned professional—an artist, agent, manager, presenter, producer, or entrepreneur—if you're a performing arts professional, you’ll want to take part in this important interactive dialogue with your peers!

Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon

This special event honors achievement, service, excellence and advocacy in the performing arts field.

Closing Plenary Session with Kristin Chenoweth

Closing this year's conference is the Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth. Beloved for her roles on Broadway, television and film, Chenoweth performs to sold-out audiences and rave reviews around the world. She released The Art of Elegance in 2016 and will release a new album in May 2019 on Concord Records. She has a master’s degree in Opera Performance, honors from GLAAD, PFLAG, and The Trevor Project, and was immortalized as a custom-designed Barbie doll "Shero," someone who inspires girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere. A passionate supporter of charities, she founded the Kristin Chenoweth Art & Education Fund fostering young talent in the arts and partners with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center Foundation in her home state of Oklahoma. She chronicled her life in the upliftingly candid and comedic New York Times best seller A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love and Faith in Stages, and will share her stories and adventures with APAP|NYC 2019 attendees.

APAP|NYC 2019 Photos

APAP|NYC 2019 was a whirlwind of networking, professional development sessions, the always-bustling EXPO Hall and more than 1,000 showcases. We captured some of the highlights from conference in our photo archive on Facebook. View it here.

Future Conference Dates

January 10-14, 2020

January 8-12, 2021

January 14-18, 2022

January 13-17, 2023