Leadership Fellows Program

Launched in 2015, the APAP Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) is a 20-month-long program for mid-career professionals. For those who seek to transform the world through their work as arts leaders, APAP provides you with the knowledge, experience and leadership skills you need.

APAPNYC 2018 LFP Cohort III by Adam Kissick/APAP


What you’ll find here:

  • Learn what LFP offers mid-career professionals

  • Understand how LFP helps fuel a stronger performing arts industry

  • Meet APAP’s Leadership Fellows

  • When and how you can apply to LFP

What LFP offers arts leaders:

  • Participate in a 20-month program arc, including attending the APAP|NYC conference in NYC and starting with a five-day summer intensive at USC

  • Engage in ongoing peer-to-peer mentoring and continuous virtual engagement

  • Prepare an action learning plan around a complex challenge facing your organization

  • Be challenged to explore assumptions about presenting and its role in the world

  • Join a prestigious network of Leadership Fellows

The vision of LFP

In partnership with the Arts Leadership Program at the University of Southern California (USC), APAP developed the Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) to seek long-term impact on professionals in the field. LFP works to create a dynamic knowledge network that enables APAP members to exchange information and ideas across sectors, cultivating more effective leaders in the performing arts presenting industry.

The application process for Cohort IV is now open. The deadline to apply was Thursday, February 15, 5 p.m. (EST).

When and how to apply

In order to assemble as powerful of a group as possible, we have designed a comprehensive application process. Please follow the six step process below.

  1. Review the LFP Guidelines and Application Preview
  2. Prepare an updated resume and responses to the short answer questions
  3. Collect a completed Nomination Form
  4. Collect a Letter of Support
  5. Mail/fax a Payment Form to APAP along with a $50 application fee
  6. Submit all application information and support materials through the LFP online application system. If you are a first-time user of APAP’s application portal, you will need to create a free account. You can do so by clicking on the “Apply Now” button below and following the sign up instructions.

Questions? Contact Kevin Hasser, manager, programs and resources, at khasser@apap365.org.‚Äč

Eligibility requirements:

Eligible participants are APAP members (or must become a member upon acceptance) and have a minimum of 7-12 years of experience with artistic and/or managerial responsibility in an organization that is actively engaged in some aspect of the presenting field. Candidates must confirm organizational executive support to fully participate in the Fellows program activities and take the lead in organizing an action research project within professional capacity at their organization. 

Opportunities to Engage

Meet the Cohorts

Get to know the mid-career professionals who have or are participating in the Leadership Fellow Program. 

Inside Arts articles

APAP has followed the development of the Leadership Fellows Program, why it was developed and what has come out of it so far.  You can read the articles to go in-depth with the program's co-directors and group leaders here.