Professional Engagement Opportunities

Deepen your engagement with your colleagues at APAP|NYC through these application-based opportunities at the APAP|NYC conference. 

APAPNYC 2019 5MTS audience by Adam Kissick/APAP


Emerging Leadership Institute

APAP's Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI) is an intensive two and a half-day seminar that develops critical leadership skills for emerging arts professionals in the first 3-7 years of their career. A new cohort of approximately 25 individuals will be selected to participate in ELI this year and attend APAP|NYC 2020. ELI is a collaborative process where learning from each other is highly valued and also a rare opportunity for each participant to reflect on and develop their ideas about leadership and their own career. 

Deadline to apply is Monday, June 14 at 5 p.m. (EDT).

Learn more about ELI.

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Young Performers Career Advancement

Young Performers Career Advancement (YPCA) is a program designed to support classical musicians in the formative stages of their careers by offering opportunities to meet and work with established presenters, managers, agents and artists. YPCA participants will attend specialized seminar activities at APAP|NYC 2019 that provide a practical overview of the presenting and touring industry and receive expert instruction in the development of audience engagement skills. Artists will also perform at the only APAP coordinated showcase held at the prestigious NYC venue, Carnegie Hall.

Applications will open mid-May, 2019.

Learn more about YPCA.

UP NEXT! Pitch Session

UP NEXT! provides presenters and producers with the chance to discover what’s in the pipeline of new work currently in development or recently completed and ready to tour! The format is simple – artists, agents and/or managers have 5 minutes to spark the interest of presenters and producers with a pecha kucha style presentation of slides and/or video. This is not a typical showcase program, but a rapid fire curated session for artists, agents and/or managers to pitch new projects, generate interest and connect with colleagues for potential bookings.

Applications will open mid-June, 2019.

Learn more about UP NEXT! and RSVP to the session.

5 Minutes to Shine 

An APAP|NYC annual favorite, 5 Minutes to Shine (5MTS) showcases the most innovative engagement and audience-building work from the field. Participants will walk away with a compelling presentation - an invaluable tool to galvanize a board, engage funders and community leaders, and hone their message. Finalists will receive one complimentary full registration to the APAP|NYC 2020 conference and one night’s accommodation.

Applications will open mid-July, 2019.

Networking/Consortia Meetings

Connect and collaborate! This is an opportunity for state and regional consortia of presenters and other performing arts groups to gather on common issues and timely topics. Learn more about the sessions being offered on the Networking page.

Room request applications will open (TBD). Email if you have questions.