A cooperative voice in a competitive business.
Founded in 1979, NAPAMA is the association of North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to promoting the professionalism of its members and the vitality of the performing arts.
Performing arts managers and agents are the glue that binds the performing arts. They ensure that communities across the nation have access to the very best avant-garde, classical, and modern performing artists in the world. Agents and managers find artists concert halls, theaters, and festivals in which to perform. They arrange regional, national, and international tours for choreographers, composers, dancers, directors, orchestras, theater companies, singers, and youth ensembles. They find artists the stages on which to perform so that audiences can hear, experience, and share in the work. NAPAMA is the service organization that represents the voice of managers and agents.
The identity of NAPAMA is defined by two things: our mission and our members.
To promote the best interests of performing arts agents and managers through leadership, professional development, and alliances in the performing arts industry.
NAPAMA is comprised of agents, managers, booking agencies, self-represented artists, associations, and presenters across North America.
How do we honor our mission?
NAPAMA serves the performing arts industry in the following ways:
Seeking & Returning Value for Membership
NAPAMA liaises with other organizations to ensure that the concerns and needs of performing arts agents and managers are heard and acted upon. NAPAMA also strives to secure discounts for services and products for its members, and to provide up-to-date information on visas, taxes, legislative action, and more.
Building & Sharing Knowledge
NAPAMA strives to build and share knowledge with our members and the field through programs like Peer Coaching and Performing Arts Connect; activities like the Agents and Managers Retreat and Making Artistic Cents panels; and resources, like the State Withholding Tax Table and Guidelines for Ethical Behavior.
Developing Best Practices &
Through the input of our membership, NAPAMA actively creates and updates best practices and guidelines for ethics, mentoring, independent showcasing, conference etiquette, and more – with the objective to create a better working environment for all in the industry.
NAPAMA was founded in 1979 at a time when it was a difficult environment to be an artist manager: there was little sharing of information or communication amongst managers, and the profession overall did not have the best image in the field or as a vocation. NAPAMA ultimately became the voice for managers and agents – working with organizations representing the interests of presenters, and facilitating networking and information sharing amongst managers and agents to create a stronger presence and more cooperative industry. While the performing arts industry has changed greatly in the ensuing decades, the need for a collective voice and for cooperation continues to be as important as ever. Learn about the history, highlights, and milestones of the NAPAMA here.
NAPAMA is led by a rotating, all-volunteer 12-member Board of Directors, and a wide range of Committees comprised of our members. The organization is guided by an Executive Committee that includes a President, two Vice Presidents, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.
Mike Green, President
Kevin Spencer, VP Membership
Lynn Fisher, VP Professional Development
Hank Knerr, Secretary
David Briggs, Treasurer
Laurel Canan, Immediate Past President
Board Members At-Large
Block Booking Initiative
New Colleagues Program
Performing Arts Connect
NAPAMA is pleased to partner with the following organizations in order to better serve our membership and the field at large:
Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP)
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) is the national service, advocacy and membership organization for the performing arts presenting industry and the convener of APAP|NYC, the world's leading gathering of performing arts professionals, held every January in New York City.
Arts Midwest (AMW)
Arts Midwest is a non-profit regional arts organization that serves audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states Midwest, and beyond. Arts Midwest’s portfolio of programs include an annual booking conference, grants for presenting organizations, leadership development initiatives, and more.
Western Arts Alliance (WAA)
Western Arts Alliance is a membership association advancing excellence in performing arts throughout the western states and provinces. WAA's annual booking conference and its year-round programs are essential for artists, artist managers, presenters, and other performing arts professionals in the west.
South Arts / Performing Arts Exchange (PAE)
South Arts is a regional arts organization strengthening the South through advancing excellence in the arts. South Art’s annual conference Performing Arts Exchange /link is the primary marketplace and forum for performing arts presenting and touring – artists and work, ideas, learning and information – in the eastern US.
Arts Northwest is one of the region's largest gathering of artists, their management, and presenters of the performing arts.
North Carolina Presenters Consortium / ArtsMarket
North Carolina Presenters Consortium is a not-for-profit a member-based resource network, forged in a spirit of non-competitive cooperation and dedicated to enhancing the availability, quality, variety, and affordability of professional touring arts and entertainment attractions presented throughout the state. One of NCPC’s program is ArtsMarket - a bi-annual booking conference.
Ohio Arts Presenters Network (OAPN)
The purpose of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network is to provide programs, including an annual booking conference, and services that strengthen the quality and scope of the performing arts in Ohio. OAPN serves its membership which includes presenters (organizations that engage performing artists), as well as artists, management agencies, and service organizations.