All Photos By Arnie Goodman
APAP 59, the annual meeting of the best in entertainment presenters and promoters, is a multi-faceted event, essential for anyone associated with the performing arts.
APAP hosted informative seminars ranging from: Are you Ready for an Agent?, Emerging Markets, Tech Budgeting, and Meet the Artist Saloon, Arts & Community, to name a few. These seminars’ panelists were the biggest music professionals in the industry, including Glen Knight, Brad Stewart , Michael Morris, Jean Cook, Paula Kerger and Rita Moreno.
The Expo Hall was also made up of a Who’s Who of agents, artists and promoters from all over the Globe, including ICM Partners, IMG Artist, The Roots Agency, Patron Technology, Universal Attractions Agency, IDAM, Monterrey International, In House Booking, The Kurland Agency, The Russian String Orchestra and the China Association of Performing Arts among many others.
Music showcases were held all over the city in the best venues for their genres, from the Blue Note, Lincoln Center, B.B. King’s, the Highline Ball Room, the Iridium and Merkin Concert Hall. The showcases ranged from dance, classical, rock, jazz, Latin, hip hop, blues—if has performances, APAP covered it all. My favorites of the showcases were the Prodigals, a great Irish Band. The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies is a great Swing Band, Heritage Blues Orchestra a great traditional blues band, and the Blind Boys of Alabama remain national treasure; Veteran Solomon Hicks performed, as did up-and-coming blues guitarists from Harlem.
All in all, the thing that made APAP for me and many others was the networking opportunity. With over 3600 attendees from every part of the entertainment industry, I ran into countless people who were new to me, plus old associates that I have not had contact with in years. Of course another highlight was swapping war stories at the Hilton bar—but for that, you had to be there.
See you at APAP in 2017!
– Arnie Goodman