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Jan. 15, 2014
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World’s largest scale performing arts conference, APAP/NYC 2014 opens (Jan. 10 – 14, 2014)
The annual conference of the Association for Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) attracts more than 3,500 presenters and professionals of performing arts scene from around the world to meet in one conference. Now in its 57th holding, the conference schedule includes a large number of lectures, forums, meetings and other events at the main venues of the Hilton New York Midtown and the Sheraton New York Times Square. In the EXPO hall some 400 exhibitors put up booths and development sessions are held, while showcases are planned for over 1,000 artists and groups at venues around the city. The APAP Awards ceremony is also held to give awards to individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to the performing arts community (this year’s winners include Philip Glass, Harlem Stage and others).
Giving the keynote speeches were the 2013 Tony Award winner in the Musical Director Division, artistic director Diane Paulus, 3-time Laurence Olivier Award winning actress Fiona Shaw, comedian and best-selling author Baratunde Thurston, New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan, composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz and others. Also among the invited speakers were journalist Farai Chideya, who is instrumental as a medium linking the arts and culture, the art organization Culturebot’s founder Andy Horwitz and the producer Anne Hamburger.
The development sessions aim to effect change in the performing arts community and over 80 programs for professional development are offered in eight categories grouped around three themes of becoming mediums for partnerships between communities “Catalyzing Communities,” implementing models for new ways of connecting with audience “Making the Case” and setting precedents within the constantly changing conditions in the performing arts world “The Art of Transition.”

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters that organizes the APAP Conference is an international association of performing arts presenters from 50 U.S. states and 15 countries overseas (4,500 people as of Dec. 2013). The organization is based in Washington D.C. Having the ACUCM founded in 1957 as its predecessor, the name was changed to APAP in 1988. The Association in funded primarily through the US National Endowment for the Arts and donations by a variety of foundations and public organizations. Every year in January, APAP organizes its annual conference in New York boasting the largest number of participants in the industry, gathering presenters and artists from around the U.S. and the world for its large arts market, grants workshops and the like, as well as other seminars, showcases, workshops, etc. The APAP Conference is known as an arts market, but APAP programs are also offered in the areas of marketing management, cultural grants by two foundations and publishing of performing arts related materials. The current President & CEO is Mario Garcia Durham.