First-Time and International Attendees

APAP is here to help you navigate your conference experience. We look forward to welcoming you!

APAPNYC 2017 New Colleagues Orientation

For First-Time Attendees

Did you know that every year more than 500 people attend APAP|NYC for the first-time? (That’s about 15% of all conference attendees.) You are not alone. In fact, you belong to a great group of performing arts leaders.

APAP|NYC Mentoring

When registering for APAP|NYC, you are given the opportunity to be matched with a mentor who is a seasoned field professional. This time-honored APAP tradition of connecting newcomers to our volunteer mentors foster wonderful relationships that span entire careers.

If you want more information or forgot to sign up for a mentor when you registered, contact Membership Director, Sue Noseworthy at

New Colleagues Orientation - Friday, January 12, 2018

Plan to join us for this special informational and networking event right before the conference opens! You’ll learn how to make the most of your time in New York City, whether you are a new professional in the performing arts field, or someone who simply wants a refresher course on how to navigate APAP|NYC. Come meet and mingle with your colleagues and mentors. All are welcome!

First-Timer Webinars​

Whether you are brand new to APAP or in need of a refresher, APAP is hosting four webinars designed for first-time attendees, showcasers, exhibitors and new APAP members, so that you can get the most out of the APAP|NYC conference.

All are welcome to any of the four webinars. Pre-registration is encouraged.

  • How to APAP: Getting the most out of APAP|NYC 2018 - replay now
  • How to APAP: Exhibiting at APAP|NYC 2018 - replay now
  • How to APAP: Showcasing at APAP|NYC 2018 - replay now
  • How to APAP: Getting the most out of your year-round APAP membership - replay now

For International Attendees

With 3,600+ conference-goers from 36 countries in 2017, APAP welcomes hundreds of international attendees each year.

International Delegations

Special registration arrangements may be available for international delegations. If you are part of an international delegation that plans to bring between 10-60 people to APAP|NYC, please send an email to describing your delegation and your group's needs.

Visas for International Artists Performing in the U.S.

International artists who will be performing in the U.S. are required to obtain an O or P work-related visa. Learn more about the artist immigration process at For more information about APAP's peer consultation letter to support your I-129 petition package, visit our Visa Assistance page.


APAP can help arrange for special rates and packages at the Sheraton New York Times Square for our international attendees. Contact for more information and to request accommodation.