About

A cooperative voice in a competitive business

NAPAMA is the association of North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to promoting the professionalism of its members and the vitality of touring the live performing arts.

Performing arts agents and managers, along with self-represented artists, ensure that communities across North America have access to the very finest in the performing arts in the world. Agents and managers find perfocmnce opporunities in concert halls, theaters, and festivals in which to perform. They arrange regional, national, and international tours for professiona musicians,l choreographers, composers, dancers and directors as well as orchestras, theater companies, and other performance ensembles They find artists stages so audiences can hear, experience, learn, and share in the work.

NAPAMA was founded in 1979 at a time when there was little sharing of information or communication among managers. It sought to improve the image of the field. NAPAMA became the voice to work with organizations representing the interests of performing arts presenters by facilitating networking and information sharing. The performing arts industry has changed greatly in the decades since, but the need for a collective voice and for cooperation continues to be critical across all aspecits of this diverse field.

The identity of NAPAMA is defined by two things: our mission and our members.

Our Mission

amw-waa social hourNAPAMA, the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, promotes the best interests of professionals engaged in the touring of the performing arts through building and sharing knowledge, advocacy, leadership, and innovation.

Committed to the core values of equity, diversity and inclusion, NAPAMA provides members with a platform for networking, communication, information exchange, resource identification, trends in the field, research, and best practices. NAPAMA is deeply dedicated to returning value to its members, respecting the voices of all constituencies in the performing arts.

Our Members

NAPAMA membership includes agents, managers, booking agencies, producers, self-represented artists, associations, presenters, and consultants across North America engaged in the touring of professional performing artists.

Photo above: One of many Zoom calls with members, including our Weekly Wednesday Webinar series addressing COVID-19 issues and other current topics, often reaching over 100 participants from across the field.

Seeking & Returning Value for Membership

NAPAMA liaises with other organizations to ensure that the concerns and needs of performing arts agents and managers are heard and acted upon. NAPAMA also strives to secure discounts for services and products for its members, and to provide up-to-date information on visas, taxes, legislative action, and more.

 
Building & Sharing Knowledge

NAPAMA strives to build and share knowledge with our members and the field through programs like Peer Coaching and Performing Arts Connect; activities like the Agents and Managers Retreat and Making Artistic Cents panels; and resources, like the State Withholding Tax Table and Guidelines for Ethical Behavior.

 
Developing Best Practices & Ethical Standards

Through the input of our membership, NAPAMA actively creates and updates best practices and guidelines for ethics, mentoring, independent showcasing, conference etiquette, and more – with the objective to create a better working environment for all in the industry.