This information is for the APAP|NYC 2020 conference and is for your reference only.
APAP|NYC 2021 information will be updated in the summer.

5 Minutes to Shine

An APAP|NYC annual favorite, 5 Minutes to Shine (5MTS) showcases the most innovative engagement and audience-building work from the field. Inspired by the Wallace Foundation’s Nine Effective Practices for Building Audiences in the Arts and ongoing APAP/Wallace research on Small and Mid-sized Presenting Organizations, this session will highlight stories of building and engaging community through the performing arts specifically featuring our “Small and Mighty” presenting organizations.

APAPNYC 2020 5MTS Presentation by Adam Kissick/APAP


Finalists will each present at the popular 5MTS event Sunday afternoon, 1:30-2:45 p.m. (EST), January 12, 2020 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. One 5MTS participant will be chosen by a live audience to present at the annual APAP Awards Luncheon on Monday, January 13, 2020.

Read our Inside Arts article and hear directly from past participants about their experiences and get tips on how to apply!

Meet the APAP|NYC 2020 Participants

Attend 5MTS on Sunday, January 12, 1:30-2:45 p.m. in the Hilton Rendezvous Trianon and help choose one participant to present at the annual APAP Awards Luncheon.

Have questions? Contact Kaitlyn Sakry, manager, programs and resources, at or 202.212.6865.

Opportunities to Engage

Getting started

Need help developing your idea? You can watch videos of 5MTS highlights from previous years and read the Wallace Foundation's inspiring reports on building arts audiences.