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Support APAP

Join your colleagues in supporting initiatives that advance the field, increase access to programs, and support new leaders who are transforming the arts. 

APAP is the live performing arts industry. If you support the performing arts, we invite you to support APAP.
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Why Support APAP?

The arts make us human. They inspire us. They fuel creativity. They bring us joy. They express our feelings. They strengthen understanding. They are fundamental to the social fabric, enduring even in difficult times.

The arts:

  • Improve health and well-being,
  • Unify communities,
  • Improve academic performance,
  • Strengthen the economy,
  • Drive tourism and revenue to local businesses,
  • Spark creativity and innovation,
  • Drive the creative industries,
  • Generate social impact.
The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) provides professional development and educational support, networking opportunities, and leadership for the professionals who fuel the performing arts ecosystem in North America and beyond. APAP’s individual and organizational members represent every aspect of the industry—performers, presenters, producers, agents, and managers— from Broadway theaters to performing arts venues in cities and towns and on college and university campuses across the country. With more than 1,600 organizational and individual members which represents more than 5,000 performing arts professionals, APAP’s influence is felt broadly across the live performing arts industry.

As our collective work evolves, so does APAP’s role and promise for the future. By donating to APAP, you help the performing arts adapt to a changing landscape and help support, teach, and mentor the next generation of leaders who will shape the field for tomorrow. Your donation helps APAP:

  • Empower today's and tomorrow’s groundbreakers and innovators through our leadership programs;
  • Advance racial equity, diversity, and inclusion, so the presenting field truly reflects our communities and reimagines a more equitable world;
  • Support artists and other professionals through new, year-round learning opportunities.
In 2022, the nonprofit arts industry generated $151.7 billion in economic activity supporting 2.6 million jobs and generating $29.1 billion in government. (Data from Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6 from Americans for the Arts).

By investing in local performing arts groups and venues, you can see the positive impact of your investments in the communities where they operate and their employees, customers and other stakeholders live, work and play. These local organizations are strengthened further by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. We invite you to consider supporting APAP to extend your impact even further.

How You Can Support APAP

There are many ways you can support APAP today and tomorrow.

Make a Gift

APAP welcomes gifts of every size, and you may direct your contribution to any of these funds:

Consider becoming a Sustaining Donor with a monthly gift and help APAP all year long.  Email Pamela Spears, Director of Development at to learn more.

Give Appreciated Stock

Gifts of stock can provide you with additional tax benefits. For wire transfer instructions, please contact us at

Recommend a grant to APAP through your Donor Advised Fund

As a non-profit organization, APAP is eligible to accept a gift from your Donor Advised Fund. Please authorize your fund manager to contact us at for wire transfer instructions. We will be happy to provide any information or documentation needed. 

Leverage an Employee Matching Gift

Contact your employer’s Human Resources department to find out if your company offers matching gifts.

Consider an IRA Rollover

Up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs annually to charitable organizations and recognized as donations. If you are 70 ½ or older, while you do not need to take a mandatory distribution, making a gift from your IRA to APAP may have a tax benefit to you. Please check with your IRA administrator or your financial advisor for more information and contact us at for assistance.

Create a Legacy with APAP

Consider including APAP in your will, trust or beneficiary designation of a retirement plan or insurance policy. To learn more, please contact Pamela Spears, Director of Development, at Always consult an attorney or tax advisor when planning your estate.
APAP is a Charity Navigator 4-Star and Guidestar Gold Level 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Charitable donations are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Tax ID: 39-1131995
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