This past weekend, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) concluded its all-online conference, APAP|NYC+, the world’s leading gathering of performing arts professionals in the presenting, booking and touring industries. The annual gathering, industry marketplace and members conference took place from January 10-15, 2022.
The all-online format lent itself to candid community conversations around major topics facing the performing arts sector including the status of reopening and recovery; navigating uncertainty and transformation; the future of work and workforce challenges in the arts; mental wellness and resilience; recruiting, hiring and retaining BIPOC professionals; ethical and equitable contracting practices; industry advocacy; and the role that arts and culture organizations play in a pandemic.
APAP President and CEO Lisa Richards Toney described the role of arts professionals in her closing remarks "We are not solely arts leaders. We are community leaders and community activists investing in artists for the benefit of people from all facets of the human experience."
Happening alongside APAP's famous EXPO Hall (also online in 2022) and a festival of hundreds of prerecorded performance showcases, industry leaders in conference sessions provided many insights, including these ten takeaways: