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March 20, 2013
IAMA Conference to be held in Montreal
The International Artist Managers' Association in collaboration with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the International Exchange for the Performing Arts are proud to announce that Montreal has been chosen as host city for the first North American IAMA conference. This classical music business meeting takes place from November 6th through the 9th, 2013.
For more information:
CINARS - Québec - Canada
Phone: (001) 514 842 5866
January 29, 2013
Touring Italian Artists for New Mexico Festival
Paul Suozzi, organizer of entertainment for the Italian Arts and Film Festival in Albuquerque, NM in February of 2014, is seeking touring Italian artists to perform at the Kimo Theatre. Any NAPAMA members who are touring Italian artists through the southwest at that time are urged to contact Paul at 505-321-2802 or .
January 26, 2013
Annick-Patricia Carrière of agence Station bleue named CAPACOA Artist/Manager of the Year
Congratulations to NAPAMA member and NAPAMA Canadian Committee Co-Chair, Annick-Patricia Carrière of agence Station bleue on being named CAPACOA Artist/Manager of the year. A graduate of the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, Annick-Patricia held the position of Communications and Marketing Director at Montreal's Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM). She then founded agence Station bleue with her business partner Gabriel Paré in the year 2000. Over the past 13 years, Carrière has been devoting her efforts to developing the national and international careers of the Agency's artists, which include Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, The Montréal Guitare Trio, Quartango and many distinguished solo artists.
January 5, 2013
California Presenters Artist Spotlight Program
The Artist Spotlight has evolved as a unique opportunity for artists to engage directly with California Presenters members in a focused, intimate environment that allows for robust conversation and exchange. The Artist Spotlight Session is a pitch process that has independently generated several successful tours as well as developed substantive relationships between artists and presenters.
Representatives of the top ten ranked projects will be invited to share their artistic vision and projects to California Presenters membership as part of the "Artist Spotlight" session on May 30, 2013, at the Artist Information Exchange (AIE) conference in San Jose, California. More details and on-line application: www.CalPresenters.org/proposals or (916) 716-2349.
January 1, 2013
NAPAMA Membership Meeting in New York at APAP|NYC
NAPAMA Member Meeting - Sunday, January 13 - 10am-11am
Location: The Hilton, Concourse A
December 23, 2012
NAPAMA Professional Development Session at APAP|NYC
Making Artistic Cents III: The Complexity of Relationships Among Artists, Agents and Managers
Saturday, January 12 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Petit Trianon, 3rd floor
Speakers: Renee Chatelain, Executive Director, Manship Theatre; Larry Kosson, President, Performing Arts, The Roots Agency; Jeff Laramie, President, SRO Artists, Inc.; David Wannen, Managing Director, NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players
Examine issues that surfaced during recent regional presenting conferences around the complexity of relationships between artists, agents-managers, and presenters. Sponsored by the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA), leaders from key sectors of the presenting industry will address critical success factors (and debunk a few myths) about developing and presenting the performing arts.
December 20, 2012
NAPAMA at Chamber Music America
Chamber Music America: January 17-20, 2013
Westin Hotel Times Square
NAPAMA workshop "Making Artistic Cents: The Complexity of Relationship between, Artist, Agents and Managers"
Thursday, January 17 from 4:15-5:00 PM
NAPAMA's 2012 panel discussion "Making Artistic Cents: The Complexity of Relationship between, Artist, Agents and Managers" will be presented at the Chamber Music America conference on Thursday, January 17 from 4:15-5:00 PM. Moderated by Laura Hartmann of LVanHart Management, panelists include Armando Castellano of Quinteto Latino; Sue Endrizzi Morris, California Artists Management; and Jacob Yarrow from Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa.
November 12, 2012
Nominations for NAPAMA Board due November 30
NAPAMA is seeking Board nominations for two vacant positions. To nominate a candidate, click on "Members Only", then "Nominations & Awards" and then on "Board Nomination" (you will need to login to access this page). This is an opportunity for members to help ensure the continued excellence of NAPAMA's leadership by nominating a qualified member. Nominations close on November 30.
October 30, 2012
Thoughts and Prayers
As hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc along the east coast of the United States and Canada, our thoughts and prayers go out to our members who have been affected by the storm. We hope that everyone is safe.
October 27, 2012
NAPAMA debuts at Ontario Contact
The very first NAPAMA meeting ever at Ontario Contact was held on Saturday, October 27 in Kitchener, Ontario. Ontario Contact is the main presenting conference in Canada's largest province. We had 31 people in attendance and the meeting was chaired by Robert Baird with the assistance of Annick-Patricia Carrière, Co-Chair of the NAPAMA Canadian Committee, and Ann Summers, one of the founders of NAPAMA.
October 17, 2012
Robert Baird Presented with Coyote Award at Arts Northwest
Robert Baird, President of NAPAMA, was presented with the Coyote Award at the Keynote Luncheon at the Arts Northwest Conference in Boise, ID. The award recognizes extraordinary leadership, service, innovation and artistic excellence. It honors an Arts Northwest member who has imagination, daring and determination - the qualities that embody the spirit of the coyote and its ability to survive and prosper regardless of surrounding conditions. This is Robert's second award this fall.
October 1, 2012
NAPAMA Signs Agreement with La Playa Insurance
North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA) and specialist arts insurance broker La Playa have partnered to launch the NAPAMA Insurance Program, supporting members with specialist insurance and expert advice, pooling buying power to achieve better terms with insurers. The NAPAMA insurance program gives managers access to expert professional advice on managing risk and structuring their insurance program in the most efficient and effective way - as well as savings through bulk purchase discounts.
September 21, 2012
Robert Baird Presented with Mary Beth Treen Award
At the annual Performing Arts Exchange (PAE) Conference held in Miami Beach in late September, Robert Baird was the proud recipient of the Mary Beth Treen Award. The Mary Beth Treen Award is presented annually during the Performing Arts Exchange to a respected member of the performing arts presenting and touring community. The award is named for Mary Beth Treen, now retired from Mary Beth Treen Artists Management, for her contributions to the performing arts presenting and touring field. For many years, Mary Beth served as a mentor for students, artists, managers, presenters, and others who are engaged in the presentation of the performing arts.
September 20, 2012
NAPAMA Canadian Committee at Contact East
The NAPAMA Canadian Committee with co-Chairs, Annick-Patricia Carrière and Marie-Catherine Lapointe held a session at Contact East in Fredericton NB in September. Stephen Barefoot, former NAPAMA Board member was in attendance and wrote: "Contact East was wonderful. It always is. And the NAPAMA info meeting even had to RELOCATE rooms because of the size of crowd! Was great to see so much interest. I'm sure Annick will fill you in as to general response, questions, etc., but just wanted to add my delight at the amount of interest that was shown..." Thank you to Annick-Patricia, Marie-Catherine and Stephen.
July 27, 2012
Invitation to NAPAMA Members from Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Romania
From the Coordinator: "For our 20th anniversary of the festival in 2013 (7-16 June) we would like to invite also artists and companies from the US. We have a long tradition of collaborating with US artists each year for our festival, collaborating closely with American Embassy and other American institutions, but Mr. Chiriac, (Director of the festival) being familiar with the activity of North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents would like to make a selection based also on your network recommendations." Send materials directly to (Lavinia Alexe, Coordinator, Sibiu International Theatre Festival) www.sibfest.eu.
July 20, 2012
NAPAMA Members-Only Forum Now Available
NAPAMA is pleased to announce that the NAPAMA members-only Forum is up and running on the website. Simply login at www.napama.org, click on the Members Only section and choose "NAPAMA Forum". Subject areas include Conferences, Showcases, Venues, People, Job Postings, Personal, Legal and Miscellaneous. The Forum will be monitored by Jerry Ross, NAPAMA VP-Communications, and members are urged to use the Forum to communicate with other NAPAMA members.
July 13, 2012
Big Changes at FTM Arts Law
Effective August 1, Brian Goldstein and Robyn Guilliams will begin practicing arts and entertainment law (including artist visa and tax issues!) as Goldstein & Guilliams ("GG Arts Law"). This is the first phase of a long-anticipated transition of their operations full-time to New York City where they can be closer to many of their clients. A Press Release was sent to all NAPAMA Members. New contact information for Brian and Robyn is as follows:
GOLDSTEIN & GUILLIAMS PLC
Main: (646) 561-9886
Fax: (646) 561-9820
Brian Taylor Goldstein
Direct: (703) 385-9891
Direct: (703) 348-9918
July 12, 2012
Website Design Offer for NAPAMA Members and their Artists
Glenn Weikert, owner of Glenn Weikert Design, is offering an exclusive discount to NAPAMA members for website design. Glen, who specializes in WordPress website design, which includes client management systems (update your own website), also spent 10 years touring and performing with ArcheDream dance theatre. He knows the ins and outs of the performing arts market and has personal experience with arts market conferences including APAP, PAE, AMW, WAA, NACA and other regional conferences. While we at NAPAMA understand that many agencies and presenting organizations currently have websites that are fully functional and running, we thought this particular benefit could be an excellent pass-through to your artists. Just have them mention the NAPAMA deal when they call Glenn. These websites are fully customizable and if more features are desired Glenn will work out cost estimates on an individual basis. Essentially, he is offering a fully functional basic site for $1250. For more information and to take advantage of this benefit, contact:
Glenn Weikert, Glenn Weikert Design
July 6, 2012
Stephen Barefoot Resigns from NAPAMA Board
It is with regret that we announce the resignation of Stephen Barefoot from the NAPAMA Board of Directors. In his notice of resignation Stephen wrote: "Conflicts preventing my participation in recent NAPAMA activities have heightened personal feelings of not carrying my fair share of the NAPAMA workload. And that's not how I prefer to serve any board. NAPAMA is a remarkable organization and a vital, respected, thoughtful, active voice within our industry. My own current multiple roles as part-time presenter, part-time small agency owner, part-time presenter network & conference director simply pull me in too many directions to permit me to devote the level of service I owe to the NAPAMA organization. I shall remain a loyal and supportive member, and look forward to staying abreast of NAPAMA's continued growth and accomplishments." Stephen's position will be filled at the annual meeting in January when the Board slate will be presented to the NAPAMA membership.
July 1, 2012
NAPAMA Canadian Committee Off to a Great Start
The NAPAMA Canadian Committee which was a result of the Agent and Manager's Retreat in Chicago last May, is off to a great start with co-chairs Annick-Patricia Carriere of Agence Station Bleue and Marie-Catherine Lapointe of Boulev'Art. Plans include increased promotion of NAPAMA in Canada with a view to recruiting new Canadian members, a presentation on NAPAMA and its work in the field at Contact East in September and beginning work on a Canadian version of "Artists from Abroad". Stay tuned.
June 28, 2012
IRS Announces New Interim Requirements for Nonresidents Who Wish to Obtain ITINs!!
The Internal Revenue Service has just revised its procedures for foreign individuals who are required to obtaining an Individual Tax Identification Number ("ITIN"). Essentially, through the remainder of 2012, the IRS will no longer accept passport or other copies that have been certified by a U.S. or foreign notary with ITIN requests. To prove identity and foreign status, an individual must provide documents that have been certified as authentic by the agency that issued the document. For more detailed information about this recent development and IRS procedural change, visit "Raising the Curtain", at www.ftmartslaw.blogspot.com or www.ftmartslaw-pc.com.
June 18, 2012
NAPAMA Organizing Shipping Caravan between Regional Conferences
NAPAMA is organizing a shipping caravan for its members to transport exhibit displays and materials from regional conference to regional conference this fall. The NAPAMA Caravan will truck goods from Denver to Grand Rapids to Miami Beach, with concomitant savings for NAPAMA members. If you have not yet expressed interest in joining the NAPAMA Caravan, please contact Jerry Ross, NAPAMA Vice-President/Communications ( ) as soon as possible. Obviously, the more members who participate, the lower the costs involved. Once we know who wants to participate we will be soliciting details on size and weight of what needs to be shipped and then will provide an estimate of the cost to each members of the NAPAMA Caravan. Get on Board!
May 30, 2012
Artists From Abroad "Live" Again
The League of American Orchestras and Association of Performing Arts Presenters are pleased to announce the relaunch of Artists from Abroad -- the most complete and up-to-date online resource for engaging foreign guest artists, providing essential guidance, forms, and useful links. The newly redesigned website makes it even easier to find the information performing arts organizations and artist managers need to successfully navigate the U.S. visa and tax procedures required when engaging international artists for performances in the U.S. The new site includes:
- RSS feed that can automatically notify you of site updates
- Improved, intuitive navigation
- Updated content and links throughout!
Bookmark ArtistsFromAbroad.org today!
May 19, 2012
PAE Update – Busing
NAPAMA is pleased to note that the busing for attendees between the hotel and the Colony Theatre will be in the hands of a professional staff (not volunteers) who will ensure the smooth running of the buses on schedule. This is reassuring news after some busing problems encountered at past PAE conferences. Thanks to Leland McKeithan and SouthArts for their attention to this.
May 18, 2012
PAE Update - Hotel Policy on Accommodation Needs to be Taken into Consideration
NAPAMA has discovered a policy at the Hotel Fontainebleau that requires a $150 a day room security deposit for anyone who stays there. The charge is placed on your credit card and then refunded between 5-7 days after your stay. If you are paying cash, the hotel requires full payment of the room and tax, plus $600 deposit, the deposit to be refunded on check-out. PAE has made every effort to have the hotel void this policy for attendees at the PAE Conference, to no avail. Find out more information on the hotel and its policies.
May 17, 2012
Strict U.S. Visa Rules Are Keeping Artists Out
You may have missed this article, from the New York Times, Sunday, April 11, 2012, by Larry Rohter. A young Spanish flamenco star was slated to debut in the United States, but when he went to the embassy in Madrid to pick up his visa, he was denied entry because he shared the name of a known terrorist and that name was on the "no fly" list. Disturbing trends in the visa process yet again. Read the full article.
May 14, 2012
Agent Retreat a Resounding Success
The Agent's Retreat in Chicago was a resounding success for the second year in a row. Participants started the 3-day session with a roundtable of moments of achievement and moments of challenge in the past year. Dinner that first evening featured entertainment from Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies and a wonderful menu. The next day was spent in two sessions, one on Business Planning, led by Jenny Morris and one on everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Split Deals, presented by Jeff Laramie. Both sessions were extremely well-presented and valuable for everyone. The third day's session was on Conferencing, led by Laura Colby and the final business of the retreat was the NAPAMA Annual Meeting, followed by a NAPAMA reception. With 48 agent/managers in attendance, the sessions were lively and opinionated!
May 4, 2012
Agent/Manager's Retreat and NAPAMA Annual Meeting
The second Agent/Manager's Retreat is about to take place in Chicago (May 6-8) in conjunction with the NAPAMA Annual Meeting. More than 50 agent/managers will gather at the University Centre in Chicago to participate in professional development, roundtable discussions and various activities.
April 3, 2012
Canada Council Support Agent's Retreat
Kudos to the Canada Council for supporting the attendance of Canadian agents and managers at the 2012 Agent's Retreat and NAPAMA Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago, May 6-8. The Council solicited applications across Canada for applications for a subsidy to attend the retreat and 10 agent/managers will be in attendance.
March 27, 2012
Robert Baird appointed to two APAP Committees
Robert Baird, NAPAMA President, has been appointed to two APAP Committees which will convene via conference call over the next month. The two committees are the APAP Expo Hall Working Group and the APAP Showcase Listing Book Working Group. Results of these two working groups will be shared with NAPAMA members later this year.
February 21, 2012
CelebrityAccess Now Available to NAPAMA Members at Special Reduced Rate
NAPAMA is pleased to announce another NAPAMA Member Benefit: NAPAMA members are now able to get a subscription to CelebrityAccess at a special reduced rate. CelebrityAccess is a state-of-the-art database containing profiles on over 40,000 performers, including extensive contact information on musicians, comedians, lecturers, agents, managers, record companies, talent buyers and venues. Information such as artist touring schedules, box office scores, performance fee ranges, responsible agents and managers - direct phone numbers and email addresses, bios, and web site links, industry news, and more - are all available through CelebrityAccess. Find out more about CelebrityAccess.
February 17, 2012
SouthArts Introduces Gerri Combs Scholarship Fund
SouthArts has established the Gerri Combs Scholarship Fund to help individuals serving arts and culture organizations to improve their expertise and skills. The scholarship covers registration fees for the Performing Arts Exchange or Folklorists in the South plus a stipend to help defray the expenses of travel and accommodations. To reach underserved constituents, scholarships will be offered to arts professionals living in the south who have never attended these events in the past, providing an opportunity to those who would not otherwise have been able to attend.
Support the Scholarship Fund. Accepting donations through June 30, 2012.
Your donation will be acknowledged with a note letting Gerri know that a contribution has been made in her honor. The amount of the gift is kept confidential and the tax deduction is yours. As a supporter of the Gerri Combs Scholarship Fund, you will be part of a distinguished group ensuring a bright future for the arts in the south. Your investment in professional development for arts professionals will help produce rich cultural and educational rewards for years to come. Information about applying for the scholarship will be available Summer 2012.
January 20, 2012
NAPAMA Scholarship for CPAE Program Awarded
NAPAMA has awarded its first CPAE Scholarship to Nina Reynolds, Office Assistant, SRO Artists in Middleton, WI. Scholarships are awarded on an ad hoc basis to NAPAMA members (or persons working for a NAPAMA member organization). Successful applicants are required to complete two modules of the course before they receive their scholarship money. Interested applicants may contact , NAPAMA Secretary, for more information.
January 9, 2012
NAPAMA Board Slate Approved at Membership Meeting in New York
The NAPAMA Board Slate for 2012 was approved at the NAPAMA Membership meeting held in New York City in conjunction with the APAP Conference. Three new Board members were confirmed: David Wannen, General Manager of New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players; Mike Green, of Mike Green & Associates; and Chad Herzog, Director of Performing Arts, Juniata College. Confirmed for a second term were Mark Smith , 1st Mark Artists Management, LLC and Robin Pomerance, Cal Performance, UC Berkeley.
January 9, 2012
NAPAMA Awards Presented at APAP Awards Luncheon
President Robert Baird had the privilege of presenting two NAPAMA Awards at the APAP Awards Luncheon at the APAP Conference in New York. The NAPAMA Award for Excellence as an Agent or Manager in the Performing Arts was presented to Ann Summers Dossena of Ann Summers International in Toronto, Canada. The NAPAMA Award for Excellence in Presenting the Arts was presented to Mike Ross, Director of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
January 9, 2012
Ann Summers Donation for CPAE Program
The NAPAMA Membership meeting was delighted by the surprise donation of $1,500 from Ann Summers in support of the Certified Performing Arts Executive (CPAE) Program. In making the donation, Ann indicated her wish to support a program that is of value to the performing arts industry and that has been long-awaited. Ann's gift will be used to provide scholarships for the program.
December 27, 2011
NAPAMA Membership Meeting at APAP
Monday, January 9, 2012
11 a.m. - 12 noon
New York Hilton, Concourse A
Please note that this is an OPEN meeting and everyone is welcome to attend. The membership will vote on the Nominations Slate, by-law revisions and other business as required.
December 2, 2011
Brian Goldstein named to 2011 "Best Lawyer" List
Washingtonian magazine has named Brian Taylor Goldstein to its 2011 list of Washington's Best Lawyers. Brian was named as one of the "Stars of the Bar" in the area of Performing Arts and Entertainment and was recognized as among the top 10 "dealmakers" who "represent authors, athletes, and other clients in media and the arts."
The Washingtonian's "Best Lawyers" list, which is now available in the December 2011 issue, highlights "the very best in legal talent" within the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
With offices in Fairfax, Virginia and New York City, Brian is a partner in FTM Arts Law, the entertainment division of the law firm of Fettmann, Tolchin and Majors, P.C., and Managing Director of the arts management and consulting firm of FTM International.
November 23, 2011
PA Presenters Releases Conference Survey Results
At the PA Presenters General Meeting on November 15, 2011 at State College, PA, it was decided that the results of a recent member survey regarding attendance at PAE conferences would be disseminated to the field. The report is an indication of what some attendees are thinking in regards to PAE and what drives their decision on attending. Thanks to Chrissie DiAngelus for compiling the results. Please direct any questions or comments to at PA Presenters.
November 18, 2011
Gerri Combs To Retire
Gerri Combs, executive director of South Arts, announced recently that she intends to retire in June 2012. The announcement came last week during a regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Combs became executive director in 2005, coming to South Arts from the Kentucky Arts Council, where she was the agency's executive director since 1996. Read full story
November 16, 2011
Memorial Tribute to Michal Schmidt
The Memorial Tribute to celebrate Michal Schmidt, her wonderful life and the special legacy that she has left to the world of music and to all who knew her, will take place on December 6, 2011 at 5 p.m. at the Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87th Street in New York. We hope that many of you will be able to attend.
November 16, 2011
Flynn Center Artistic Director Arnie Malina to Retire
Arnie Malina, artistic director for the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington VT and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, will retire at the end of January 2012.
Perhaps one of the strongest legacies Malina will leave is an artistic vision spanning popular, experimental and international work. Some of the most memorable performances Malina brought to the Flynn include David Byrne, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Abbey Lincoln, Cirque Eloize, Sonny Rollins, Eiko and Koma, Ornette Coleman, and Broadway National Tours of Sweeney Todd and The Producers; lesser-known but powerful international artists Rokia Traoré and fado singer Mariza; and such international choreographers as Marie Chouinard, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and Wim Vandekeybus.
Malina will continue to consult with the Flynn through June 2012 to finish programming the Flynn's 2012-13 season. The search for a new artistic director will begin in early 2012.
November 2, 2011
NAPAMA Seeking Nominations for Board
NAPAMA has two openings at this time:
Michael Blachly, Secretary, will be stepping down after two terms of excellent service for which we are all extremely grateful. Eric Bricking, Vice President, was obliged to resign from the board before the end of his first term and was gallantly replaced by David Wannen who is currently serving in Eric's place.
We will therefore call for nominations for someone to replace Michael and someone to serve the remainder of Eric Bricking's unexpired term.
The nominations committee consists of:
Laura Colby, Elsie Management - Past President
Tim Drake, The Roots Agency - Past Board Member
Laura Hartman, LVanHart Artist Productions
Michael Mushalla, Double M Arts and Events
Eleanor Oldham, 2Luck Concepts - Nominations Committee Chair and Immediate Past President
Please send your nominations for these two vacancies to Eleanor Oldham at , as soon as possible. In addition to the name of your nominee, please send your own contact information and your reasons for the nomination. Please be sure to speak to the person you are nominating before nominating them to ensure that they are interested, willing, and available to serve on NAPAMA's board.
November 2, 2011
New NAPAMA Website Launched
The new NAPAMA website is now active! I urge all members to take it for a test drive - we would love to have your reaction, comments, constructive suggestions, etc. Canada Web Design did an amazing job from designing the new logo, to working diligently to ensure that the new website would be attractive and useful. Please let me know if there are ways to improve it from the user viewpoint.
The new website also offers an opportunity to promote your artists and your company through our Photo Gallery which appears on each page of the website. Please feel free to send me some pics of your main artists and your company logo (at least 72dpi - the bigger the better) and we will include them in the NAPAMA Photo Gallery. Send to: .
What's the best feature of the new website? Online membership renewal has become even easier to accomplish. I encourage all lapsed members to renew their membership on the new website as soon as possible. Don't know if your membership has lapsed? Login to your account to check your membership status.
October 22, 2011
Death of Michal Schmidt of Schmidt Artists
Schmidt Artists International announced the passing of their founder, Michal Schmidt, on Saturday, October 22nd due to complications from a fall in Munich last year. No one thought that her life might actually be threatened until very recently. Schmidt Artists was the great joy of Michal's life. The company will continue under the leadership of her associate, Patricia Handy. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Michal's life later this fall in New York City.
October 6, 2011
GEM Booth Situation Resolved through NAPAMA/APAP Cooperation
An innovation for the 2012 APAP Conference was the re-allocating of exhibit spaces in terms of size and numbering and the placement of additional GEM booths in one of the America's Halls. This was apparently done because of the popularity of the booths last year. The GEM Booths are more expensive and were placed without consultation with NAPAMA or exhibitors. Laura Colby and John Castonia organized a petition which clearly demonstrated that the GEM Booths were NOT popular and that the lack of consultation and advance notice has created hardships for exhibitors. Thanks to consultation and cooperation between NAPAMA and APAP the GEM Booth situation was resolved: the GEM Booths were removed and refunds were given.
September 24, 2011
Jerry Ross Chairs NAPAMA Meeting at PAE
Jerry Ross, NAPAMA Board Member, chaired a very productive NAPAMA membership meeting at PAE in Baton Rouge, LA. The meeting was attended by Geri Combs and Leland McKeithan. The membership discussed future PAE locations and the fact that PAE seems not to be convening in the northeast. A resolution was passed asking NAPAMA to seek information from Southarts as to their intentions for future conference locations and how NAPAMA and PAE might cooperate to serve the presenter constituency along the eastern seaboard and in the northeastern United States. This will be followed up by NAPAMA President, Robert Baird.
September 23, 2011
NAPAMA Assists Exhibitors at PAE
In cooperation with Leland McKeithan, the new PAE Director, NAPAMA was able to rectify some exhibitor problems at PAE. Because of the hall configuration, several exhibitors were placed in an unfortunate location, and NAPAMA was able to negotiate alternate locations for these exhibitors. We were also able to work with another unhappy exhibitor who was tormented by the air conditioning in the hall and she was given a financial break for next year by PAE. NAPAMA at work!
September 20, 2011
NAPAMA to Broker AV Fees at APAP Showcases
As in past years, NAPAMA will broker an agreement with PSAV at the Hilton in New York to facilitate the AV requirements for showcasing. Last year, in cooperation with the Hilton and APAP, NAPAMA was able to work closely with PSAV at the Hilton to provide AV equipment and services for the many showcases at the Hilton.
September 13, 2011
Passing of Bruce Beers
Bruce Beers died from a massive heart attack on September 13. He was most recently with Temecula Presents in Temecula, CA. He will be remembered for being "an adventurous and ardent supporter of dance in a place once difficult to present dance. He made big things happen in a small community. He was also a wonderful human being, humorous, and concerned about educating his community about dance" (Rachel Cohen) and the arts. He had a great sense of humor.
September 8, 2011
Certified Performing Arts Executive (CPAE) Program Launched
The Certified Performing Arts Executive Program (CPAE) was officially launched at Arts Midwest in Minneapolis. The CPAE Program is a joint venture of NAPAMA, Arts Northwest and the University of New Orleans. Harmon Greenblatt, from UNO, attended the conference and in conjunction with Karen Hanan of Arts Northwest, and Robert Baird of NAPAMA, presented information on the program to interested presenters and agents. The first course will be rolled out in January of 2012. Check the NAPAMA website for more information.
Throughout my career, I have considered NAPAMA members valuable partners in presenting the performing arts.
Joyce Smar, Director of Programming and Performing Arts Chair for the Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
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