The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) closed its annual conference on Tuesday, January 14, with a conversation on this year’s focus on “Risk and Resilience” with Ben Folds, multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter and arts education champion.
“Having the license to fail is what we need when we’re making anything, “ Mr. Folds said when asked about the risks he takes in pursuing his artistic endeavors. As host of the “ArtsVote 2020” podcast series, Mr. Folds has been interviewing 2020 presidential candidates. He shared why he felt these conversations were so important for our industry as well as the wider public to hear. “The arts are a big part of our economy…a big art of life and how we express ourselves, communicate and measure our happiness,” said Mr. Folds. “I want to know that people who are making policy, commandeering a big part of the economy like this, understands how it works and have ideas for it. That would tell me about how they view the rest of life and how they would steer other policy – get to the center of who they are.”
The 63rdannual global performing arts gathering brought together thousands of arts professionals from around the country and 31countries. With an EXPO Hall boasting nearly 400 booths, dozens of professional development sessions, pre-conference intensives and forumsand featuring more than 1000 world-class artist showcases, APAP|NYC concluded its six-day event with Mr. Folds reminding us that “music is communication”and that our field is helping to make a differencein this world throughour creative pursuits everyday.Every year, the APAP membership meets at the conference to elect board members for the organization.
On January 13, APAP members voted in new 2020 board members: Amy Lam, Artistic Programmer, Celebrity Series (Boston, MA); Omari Rush, Executive Director, Culture Source (Detroit, MI); Beatrice Thomas, Consultant, Arts Equity Strategist, Artist (San Francisco, CA); and Cristina Vazquez, Director, Contenidos Artisticos (Chicago, IL)