New York City Mayor Eric Adams convened the city’s first-ever Live Performance Industry Council meeting on September 18, 2023. At the meeting, leaders in live performance and government gathered to address challenges facing the live performance industry.
The new Live Performance Industry Council includes APAP CEO and President Lisa Richards Toney. The council will develop strategies to drive inclusive growth in the sector, support New York City’s creative economy, and ensure the industry recovers beyond pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.
"Live performance has long been the heart and soul of this city – that's why we're continuing to support the industry's comeback and finding ways to uplift the creative New Yorkers who drive it," said Mayor Adams. "By bringing together leaders from across the industry and city government, we are not only supporting the individuals who make the live performance industry great but also ensuring that New York City will always be a global creative capital. Let's keep finding ways to help our theatre, music, and dance industries and all the exceptional people who entertain us with creative live performances."
"New York City's iconic live performance industry is the engine of our creative economy, employing hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in good-paying jobs," said Deputy Mayor for Housing, Economic Development, and Workforce Torres-Springer. "This first-ever council will bring together diverse leaders across the industry in partnership with city government to deliver on innovative, new strategies to build a more equitable and resilient future for this sector." Learn more.
Image Caption: Lisa Richards Toney speaks at APAP|NYC+ 2023 (Adam Kissick/APAP)