Press Room

Here you will find press releases for APAP's year-round programs and grants as well as APAP|NYC conference press releases.

APAPNYC 2017 Magazine Stack by Adam Kissick/APAP


2017 Press Releases

​9.12.17 APAP Emerging Leadership Institute Announces 2018 Class of Participants.​ Rare opportunity for each participant to reflect on and develop their ideas about leadership and their own career.

​9.5.17 APAP changes name to Association of Performing Arts Professionals.​ APAP and its annual conference (APAP|NYC) aims to widen access and embrace change.

​8.22.17 Save-the-Date for JanArtsNYC 2018 Global Performing Arts Convergence.​ JanArtsNYC, the most comprehensive annual celebration of the performing arts around the globe and annual convergence of 12 major performing arts industry forums and public festivals, announces its 2018 event dates and descriptions. For details visit

​8.16.17 Save-the-Date for The Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ 61st Annual Global Gathering of the Performing Arts Industry at APAP|NYC 2018, January 12-16.​ APAP|NYC is the world's premiere gathering of the performing arts presenting industry and the annual members conference of APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.

​5.23.17 APAP Announces Third Cohort of Leadership Fellows Program.​ Continuing evolution of leadership and ever-changing performing arts field demands new avenues for personal and professional development.

​1.10.17 At APAP| NYC 2017 Laurie Anderson and Other Arts Luminaries Honored at Annual Awards Luncheon, New Board Members Named, Hamilton’s Brandon Victor Dixon Pays a Surprise Visit and Taylor Mac Brings Gathering to a Close.​ Save the Date for APAP|NYC 2018: January 12-16.

​1.5.17 APAPNYC 2017 Preconference Starts Today! Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ 60th Annual Global Gathering Runs Friday-Monday, January 6-10. At New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square. More than 1000 Performance Showcases of Dance, Music, Theater and More at Venues around New York City.

​1.4.17 7 Things Not to Miss at APAP|NYC 2017 January 6-10,and Pre-conference January 5-6Here’s the “APAP|NYC 2017 Don’t Miss” list for the estimated 3,600 performing arts industry professionals and hundreds of enthusiasts coming from all 50 U.S. states, more than 30 countries and every borough of New York to check out what’s new, hot, and about to be seen on stages and at performance spaces near and far. For full details see and APAP’s full press release.

​1.3.17 APAP|NYC 2017 Draws 3,600 Performing Arts Leaders, Risk-Takers and Rising Stars to New York, January 6-10; Pre-conference Open to the Public January 5-6​Celebrating APAP’s 60th Anniversary and the Contributors to the FLOW of creativity and business in the performing arts industry

2016 Press Releases

​12.28.16 January In NYC’s 2017 Global Performing Arts Convergence Spotlights Newest and Most Exceptional in Theater, Dance, Opera and Music January 3-22Updated Highlights from 12 Festivals and Conferences Set to Engage 45,000 Enthusiasts and Industry Professionals from New York, the U.S. and Around the Globe

​11.18.16 APAP Announces 2017 Award Winners.​ Avant-garde Artist, Composer, Musician, Film Director Laurie Anderson; Grand Performances’ Executive Director Michael Alexander; The New Victory Theater’s Director of Artistic Programming Mary Rose Lloyd to be Honored at Association of Performing Arts P​resenters Awards Luncheon January 9. Surprise “Distinguished Service Award” Winner to be Announced at Luncheon.

​11.17.16 APAP|NYC 2017 Showcases New Class of Young Classical Music Stars​.​ Free Concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall January 9 Celebrating 20 years of developing careers of classical musicians.

​11.3.16 45,000 Performing Arts Professionals and Enthusiasts Await the Most Comprehensive Celebration of the Performing Arts Around the Globe, January 3-22​January In NYC links 12 major performing arts festivals and conferencess around APAP|NYC 2017.

​10.26.16 APAP Announces 60th Annual Global Performing Arts Gathering January 6-10 in New York​APAP|NYC 2017 features Taylor Mac, Laurie Anderson and other shapers of arts and culture, 60 professional development sessions, 1,000 performance showcases, dynamic 370-booth EXPO Hall, public classical music concert.

​10.13.16 APAP Awards $1,416,000 in Grants for Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity ProgramFour individual organizations and one consortium receive funding to carry out projects that expand awareness of Muslim arts and culture.

​9.8.16 APAP Emerging Leadership Institute Announces 2017 Class of Participants. ELI is an intensive two and a half-day seminar that develops critical leadership skills for emerging performing arts professionals. Each year, a new cohort is invited to participate in ELI and attend APAP|NYC, APAP's annual members conference held in New York City every January.

​8.2.16 The Association of Performing Arts Presenters Announces its 60th Annual Global Gathering of Performing Arts Professionals at APAP|NYC 2017. ​ 

​8.2.16 Save-the-D​ate for January In NYC’s 2017 Global Performing Arts Convergence, January 3-22​. January In NYC, the most comprehensive annual celebration of the performing arts around the globe and annual convergence of 12 major performing arts industry forums and public festivals, announces its 2017 event dates and descriptions.

​6.8.16 APAP Announces Second Cohort of Leadership Fellows Program. Ever changing landscape in the performing arts field demands personal and professional development from future leadersThe second cohort of 26 was chosen from a diverse pool of applicants. Building upon the program’s inaugural launch in 2015, the APAP Leadership Fellows Program continues to expand the knowledge and proficiency among mid-career professionals in the performing arts field.

​1.19.16 Ben Vereen Speaks at APAP|NYC 2016 Annual Awards Ceremony; MK Wegmann, National Performance Network, Receives “Distinguished Service Award” Joining Honorees Dr. Charles “Chuck” Davis, Jedediah Wheeler, Sheila M. SmithNext Year Marks the 60th Annual APAP|NYC: Jan. 6-10, 2017.

​1.12.16 APAP|NYC 2016 Draws 3,600 Performing Arts Leaders, Icons and Rising Stars to New York City, January 15-19Over MLK Day weekend, the performing arts industry explores the MAKING of art and opportunities for collaboration.

​1.11.16 Association of Performing Arts Presenters Announces Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity Grant ProgramGrants aim to build knowledge and appreciation for arts and culture with roots in Muslim-majority societies.

​1.7.16 Rita Moreno, Bill T. Jones, Paula Kerger, Bartlett Sher Lead Line-up of more than 200 Artists and Speakers Set to Inspire Global Performing Arts Community Gathering for APAP|NYC 2016, Jan. 15-19; Pre-conference Jan. 14-15.​  ​

​1.4.16 Convergence of 12 Major Performing Arts Industry Forums and Public Festivals, January in NYC, Runs January 5 - January 19. Event draws, 45,000 performing arts leaders, artists, professionals and avid fans of dance, theater, music and opera to New York City.

2015 Press Releases

​12.22.15 APAP Announces 2016 Award Winners​.​​ Creat​ive Minnesota Project Chair Sheila Smith; Peak Performances Founder Jedediah Wheeler; DanceAfrica America's Dr. Chuck Davis to be Honored at Association of Performing Arts Presenters Awards Luncheon on Jan. 18.

​11.18.15 APAP|NYC 2016 Showcases New Class of Young Classical Music Stars.​ As part of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) annual conference, APAP|NYC 2016, five exceptional young classical musicians and ensembles will be showcased at a free concert at Merkin C​oncert Hall in New York City on January 18 at 6:00 PM.

​11.10.15 January In NYC Is a Growing Platform for Innovation in Performing Arts.​ Leading U.S. and global performing arts organizations will present a concurrence of 12 performing arts public festivals and industry gatherings drawing 45,000 attendees, January 5-19 in New York City.

​10.22.15 APAP|NYC 2016 Announces Highlights of its 59th Annual Global Performing Arts Conference this January.​​ The conference theme, MAKERS, recognizes the craft and contributions of artists and all people critical to the process of making art and bringing live performances to communi​ties worldwide.

​9.15.15 Save-the-Date for January In NYC's 2016 Global Performing Arts Convergence​​​​. January In NYC, the annual convergence of 12 major performing arts industry forums and public festivals in New York City in January, announces its 2016 events.

7.29.15 The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards $250,000 for APAP’s Cultural Exchange Fund (July 29, 2015) - The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) is pleased to announce the award of a $250,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of its Cultural Exchange Fund (CEF). The grant will be used over two years as part of a travel subsidy program for performing arts presenters, artist agents, managers and artists to travel abroad, establish new international partnerships and foster cultural exchange.

6.2.15 APAP Announces New Leadership Fellows Program, Best of today’s arts leaders welcome personal and professional development amidst changing industry Washington, DC (May 26, 2015) - The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) in partnership with the USC Arts Leadership Program announces its inaugural class of participants for the APAP Leadership Fellows Program. The 2015 cohort of 24 was chosen from more than 50 competitive applicants. Launching in June 2015, the APAP Leadership Fellows Program seeks to build a body of knowledge and contribute to the growth and development of the field of performing arts presenting in a time of unprecedented change.

1.12.15 APAP Members Honor Annual Awards Winners and Confirm New Board Members, Dates Announced for APAP|NYC 2016: Jan. 15-19.​ The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) celebrated the industry’s shining stars at the 58th Annual APAP Awards Ceremony and Luncheon in New York City. The group honored talented artists, innovators and advocates whose service to the performing arts has had a significant impact on the industry and on communities worldwide. The awards event was part of APAP|NYC 2015, the association’s annual conference and the world’s premier gathering of performing arts professionals. APAP members also confirmed the incoming board members and marked their calendars for APAP|NYC 2016: Jan. 15-19.

2014 Press Releases

12.22.14  APAP Announces 2015 Award Winners.​ Grammy-Winning Violinist, Midori, Dartmouth’s Margaret Lawrence, NEA Deputy Patrice Walker Powell to be honored at January APAP Awards Luncheon. Surprise “Distinguished Service Award” winner to be announced at event.

12.10.14  APAP|NYC 2015 to Offer Free Live Streaming of Select Events.  Professionals and enthusiasts not able to attend in person can tune in to see Angélique Kidjo, Misty Copeland, Rosanne Cash, Tanya Tagaq, Lemon Andersen and more.

12.9.14  APAP|NYC 2015 Announces Line-up of Speakers for January Conference. Grammy-winning singer Angélique Kidjo featured with public radio host Ira Glass, American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland, Rosanne Cash and more.

11.18.14  January In NYC 2015: Annual Performing Arts Convergence of 11 Major Forums and Festivals Announces Events. The growing collaboration called “January In NYC” offers a breadth and scope of theater, dance, music and opera performance presented in New York in January making it the best time of the year for artists,colleagues and audiences to get a taste of contemporary performance and a glimpse into the future of the industry.