Emerging Leadership Institute

The APAP Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI) is an intensive two and a half-day seminar that takes place during the pre-conference of the annual APAP|NYC conference. Each year, APAP invites a new cohort of approximately 25 individuals with 3-7 years of experience to participate in this program where they will learn about leadership and then take that knowledge and apply it first-hand.

APAPNYC 2020 ELI Group Photo by Adam Kissick/APAP


What you’ll find here:

  • How ELI can help APAP members develop leadership skills and learn from your peers

  • What past participants say about their ELI experience

  • See who is part of our extensive ELI alumni network

  • When and how you can apply to ELI

How ELI helps develop leaders:

  • Develop critical leadership skills and tools that will help you take the next step in your career

  • Collaborate with and learn from other emerging arts leaders – your peers

  • Engage in new professional relationships, exchange ideas, and become part of a growing network of over 400 ELI alumni

  • Expand your individual perspectives to provide strategies that can permeate your organization

When and How to Apply

Applications for ELI 2020 have closed. The deadline was June 20, 2019.

  1. Review the ELI 2020 Guidelines and Application Preview.
  2. Prepare an updated resume and your responses to the short answer questions.
  3. Applications have closed. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application no later than Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Please note, any applications submitted via email will not be accepted.

Questions? Contact Robbie Ottley, programs and resources associate, at rottley@apap365.org.

Eligibility requirements

Eligible participants are in the first 3-7 years of their career in the presenting and touring field who are either APAP members or employed by an active APAP member organization. ELI includes but is not limited to individuals that are performing artists, presenters, managers, agents, creative directors, arts managers that work for arts councils or service organizations etc. ELI also partners with the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) to conduct an exchange between three ELI participants and three ISPA Fellows.