Artist Access Member Perspectives

We caught up with 5 Artist Access members to learn how they heard about APAP, the Artist Access program and their perspectives from their first year of membership.

JohnGray

John Gray — jazz bassist, composer and bandleader of The Jazz Thieves in Brooklyn, NY

How did you hear about APAP and the Artist Access Membership?
I first heard about APAP several years ago; a theatre professional I had done some transcribing work for told me that getting involved with APAP is one of the best ways to further your career as a professional creative performing artist. When I found out about the Artist Access Membership on the APAP Website, it made things much easier for me to get involved.

Describe your first year as an APAP member using one word.
Encouraging. It is encouraging to be aware of and participate in such a large like-minded community of performing artists and industry professionals. I've spent a lot of time trying to find people who were serious about their craft, and also serious about building a sustainable career. APAP members are just that.

What one piece of advice would you offer a peer who was interested in attending APAP|NYC?
Plan ahead. There is a lot to do, between masterclasses, networking sessions, visiting and playing in showcases etc. To get the most out of the conference, I would recommend a peer take a look at the event listings, and mark down the events that they feel would be educational and rewarding.


KevinSeaman

Kevin Seaman — independent interdisciplinary performer and cultural worker in San Francisco, CA

How did you hear about APAP and the Artist Access Membership?
Although I have known about APAP for years, my first introduction to the organization was through the Leadership Fellows Program (LFP). Participating in this program allowed me to forge deep connections with presenters across the United States, and helped me to navigate APAP|NYC. Through the LFP program, I received 2 years of APAP membership that allowed me to take advantage of member services. In 2018, I decided to continue my membership as an individual artist to continue to access this amazing community and the annual conference.

Describe your first year as an APAP member using one word.
Connected.

What one piece of advice would you offer a peer who was interested in joining APAP?
Take advantage of the amazing professional development tracks that APAP has to offer. When you’re new to the conference, it can be a lot! Joining the Emerging Leaders Program or even attending the new attendees session will help to orient you. Also, actively pursue relationships!


NeelimaRaju

Neelima Raju — Kuchipudi - Indian Dance - theater in NJ

How did you hear about APAP and the Artist Access Membership?
I have heard about APAP through the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Newsletter.

Describe your first year as an APAP member using one word.
Exhilarating.

What one piece of advice would you offer a peer who was interested in joining APAP.
Network and meet people. APAP is a wonderful family of artists and art professionals who are ever eager to help.