Agents & Managers Retreat

Like getting a college semester of valuable knowledge in two days, then there is the social end that builds relationships that can turn into project partnerships. Finally, there is simply the FUN relaxed environment all this good stuff happens in. Invaluable
— Respondent, 2017 Retreat Survey

About the Retreat:

Started in 2011, the retreat has grown since both in numbers, and in ideas and content. The NAPAMA Agents & Managers Retreat is open to any agent, manager, self-managed artist or presenter who is interested in being part of the conversation. The Retreat provides small business owners who operate within the performing arts industry an opportunity to network, learn, and share information and resources with other agents and managers. It is three days where agents and managers step away from their daily operations to focus on business planning and solutions for current issues. Topics typically include sales training and strategy, agency methodology, social media, equity in the arts, and work/life balance.

The next NAPAMA retreat will be in 2020.


A quick reference to when and where conferences are occurring. Please visit the linked conference websites for full conference details. In addition to the conferences, check each organization's website for other meetings that may be open to members and/or the field. Conference that happening every other year are noted as such. The conferences are ordered according to the performing arts season (fall through summer).

Western Arts Alliance (WAA)

Dates: August 27-30, 2018

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Conference Website

Arts Midwest

Dates: September 5-8, 2018

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Conference Website

Performing Arts Exchange (PAE)

Dates: October 1-4, 2018

Location: Orlando, FL

Conference Website

Arts Northwest

Dates: October 8-11, 2018

Location: Eugene, OR

Conference Website


Mid-Atlantic Arts Market

Dates: November 8-10, 2018 (every even year)

Location: Lancaster, PA

Conference Website

NC ArtsMarket

Dates: November 4-6, 2019 (every odd year)

Location: Durham, NC

Conference Website


Dates: January 4-8, 2019

Location: New York, NY

Conference Website

ISPA Congress

Dates: January 8-10, 2019

Location: New York, NY

Conference Website



Dates: January 15-19, 2019

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Conference Website

Chamber Music America

Dates: January 17-20, 2019

Location: New York, NY

Conference Website

ISPA Congress

Dates: TBD 2019

Location: Guadalajara

Conference Website

League of American Orchestras

Dates: June 3-5, 2019

Location: Nashville, TN

Conference Website


NAPAMA member meetings are open to all. Join us at our member meetings and hear updates from the board on initiatives, communications, professional development, upcoming conferences, and more. Membership meetings take place at Arts Midwest (AMW) Conference, Western Arts Alliance (WAA) Conference, Performing Arts Exchange (PAE), and Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Conference.


2019 Member Meetings

Sunday, January 6 at 10:15am
Hilton Concourse G

New Colleagues Sessions

NAPAMA works with performing arts conferences to sponsor the new colleagues sessions, which follow our mentoring guidelines. In the 2018-2019 conference season, NAPAMA is sponsoring the new colleagues sessions at Western Arts Alliance, Arts Midwest, and Performing Arts Exchange. Support NAPAMA, welcome your new colleagues to the field and conferences, and join us.

Know a new colleague? First time conference goers can feel overwhelmed and alone. Please support them by sharing this with them — and let them know about NAPAMA.

new colleagues session at arts midwest

new colleagues session at arts midwest

Professional Development Series

NAPAMA curates a series of professional development sessions called Making Artistic Cents at performing arts conferences. Each session features different speakers, with the underlying theme consistent across the conference season. For 2018-2019, the subtitle of Making Artistic Cents is Mission & Money.

Making Artistic Cents . . . Mission & Money

We explore how conversations between presenters, artists and agents/managers can culminate in presenting “out of the box” work that meets a presenter’s mission and is successful for the artist and agent/manager.  Whether we’re talking about a performance, a residency, or a combination of the two, we’ll hear specific ways that artists, agents/managers and presenters have used good communication as a tool to unite mission and budget. This can apply to new and groundbreaking work, ideas that challenge current norms, music and dance from other cultures, or anything that may not be an obvious “easy sell.”

Making artistic cents panel at western arts alliance 2018

Making artistic cents panel at western arts alliance 2018

Sunday, January 6, 9:00- 9:45 am | Hilton, Concourse G
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NAPAMA Reception at Arts Midwest

NAPAMA hosts a reception at Arts Midwest, open to members, former members, and potential members on the first day of the conference. RSVP required.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Exhibit Hall Lounge