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The Arts Compensation Project (ACP) is a dynamic data platform that gives presenting organizations and venues access to real-time data on staffing, compensation and benefits to inform decision-making, helping arts leaders and arts workers alike. 

In addition to staffing and compensation data, ACP will also collect demographics, making it the first large-scale initiative in the performing arts that will help the industry understand these trends through the lenses of race and gender.
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"We have been hungry for this kind of data for it seems like forever. I’m really happy to say that the outcome for us, as a pilot program participant was extraordinary. The data is terrific...Thank you to APAP for doing this."

– Numa Saisselin, The Florida Theatre, ACP Pilot Participant

What's New for Spring 2024

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APAP announces some exciting updates to the Arts Compensation Project for Spring 2024.

  • New & Improved Pricing: Thanks to the generosity of foundation funders, APAP is now able to substantially subsidize participation in the Arts Compensation Project during our Spring 2024 enrollment period. Some additional discounts may be available through your presenter consortia.
  • Invitation for Non-Members to Join APAP for only $150: ACP enrollees whose organizations have never been members or who have lapsed for more than 12-months may join APAP for a special rate of $150 for their first year.
  • Additional Support for Fall 2023 Enrollees and Pilot Participants: Thanks to additional funding, fall enrollees will now have their subscriptions underwritten for an additional year through December 2025. Pilot participants who have not yet enrolled will have their participation underwritten 100%.
  • Annual Compensation Report Release: APAP will release a detailed annual report on presenter compensation each year for the next three years. The first report will be available for purchase in May 2024 based on the data collected from November 2023 to April 2024. Participants who enroll this spring and enter data by April 15th will access the detailed report for free. 
  • The Spring 2024 enrollment period is March 1 through April 8, 2024.
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About the Arts Compensation Project

In 2022, APAP announced the pilot phase of the Arts Compensation Project (ACP), a ground-breaking initiative examining performing arts salaries and compensation. In 2023, in partnership with AMS Analytics, APAP invites U.S. and Canada-based presenters and venues to enroll in the ACP, an interactive platform that gathers data and provides insights vital to arts leaders and arts workers alike.

An important step towards greater pay transparency, parity and equity for arts workers, this industry-specific and customizable tool gathers comparative compensation data on key positions in presenting organizations and venues across the United States and Canada.

At the APAP|NYC 2023 conference, APAP and AMS Analytics presented a sample report of salary and compensation data from the pilot cohort of the ACP. Read the ACP Pilot Study Report here.

Performing arts presenting organizations are eligible to enroll in the Arts Compensation Project. (Not a current APAP member? If your organization is new to APAP or your membership has lapsed for more than 12 months, you can join APAP for a special rate of $150 from now until April 2024.) You can join or renew now.) The Spring 2024 enrollment is open from March 1 through April 8.

Benefits of Participating in ACP

The APAP Arts Compensation Project offers the following benefits: 

  • Real-Time Data: The ACP platform gives you access to the most current data on staffing, compensation, and benefits for presenting organizations available in real time.
  • Comprehensive: The data collected within the ACP platform includes all levels of staff (executive, director, manager and administrative), compensation, benefits, and tenure for positions according to organizational budget, staff size, region, number of performances, geographic setting (urban, rural, suburban) and type of presenting organization (independent, municipal, university/college, festival). 
  • Dynamic, Not Static: The ACP is not a static report, but an interactive tool in which you enter your own data, search anonymized data from peer organizations, and build your own reports and charts based on what you need to know.
  • Customizable: By participating, you and your organization help customize the ACP platform and the kinds of data collected to fit your evolving needs, the needs of your presenting colleagues, and our industry as a whole.
  • Supports Data-Driven Decision-Making: The ACP provides you with the data you need to inform your organizational decisions and policies, measure your organization against regional and national benchmarks, and influence key stakeholders to allocate resources accordingly.  
  • Promotes Equity: Because the ACP collects demographic information, it is the first of its kind in the performing arts, giving the field an understanding of staffing and compensation trends through a race and gender lens.
  • Representation: By participating, you provide your organization’s data and ensure that the insights and analytics include organizations like yours.
  • Advocacy for the Industry: The ACP will give the performing arts community authoritative data on salaries and compensation in order to advocate for our industry and workforce. 

"The benefit of doing this is not just for my organization, but for the field. We need to support each other by providing as much of this information as possible, so that we have the bigger picture. Your participation will uplift the field and that’s critically important right now."

– Leslie Rodriguez, Performing Arts Center, Dominican University, ACP Pilot Participant

Spring 2024 enrollment is now open until April 8.
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What to Know Before You Enroll

  • APAP’s Arts Compensation Project is a multi-year initiative launched in partnership with AMS Analytics.

  • U.S.- and Canada-based presenting organizations and venues that are current APAP Organizational Members and meet other eligibility requirements can enroll. You can join APAP or renew your membership to participate. Are you a Small or Mid-Sized Presenters (SAMPs)?  View SAMPs APAP membership benefits and rates here

  • Not a current APAP member? If your organization is new to APAP or your membership has lapsed for more than 12 months, you can join APAP for a special rate of $150 from now until April 2024.

  • Only one person per organization should enroll, and the person who enrolls does not need to be the same person who will submit data.

  • ACP enrollment is available on an annual subscription basis (12-months). Subscription rates are based on organizational budget size. See pricing table below.

  • Spring enrollment is about to open. Stay tuned for the enrollment form.

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Getting Started and What to Expect

  1. First, complete the enrollment form which will ask you for organizational and budget information to determine your eligibility and subscription rate.

  2. Next, once you get confirmation from APAP on your eligibility and subscription rate, review and agree to the terms and conditions of the ACP.
  3. Then, once you have signed the terms and conditions, APAP will send you an invoice after which you will submit payment for your ACP subscription.

  4. Lastly, once payment has been received, you will get instructions from APAP and AMS on how to access the platform, including information about onboarding. The process of onboarding will begin September 12, 2023 and entering your data will begin October 2, 2023.
ACP Pricing Table Spring 2024
 Budget figures and pricing are in USD.
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