2000-2003: Monica J. Felkel, Director of Artist Management, Young Concert Artists, Inc.
My tenure on the Board was incredibly rewarding, both personally and professionally. I had the opportunity to serve on the Board for four and a half years, including three years as President (2000-2003), where I had the unique opportunity to lead a wonderful constituency through challenging times.
As the Board began a period of transition, we restructured to operate again as an all-volunteer organization. We celebrated our 20th Anniversary, sponsored the Arts Presenters Conference Luncheon and bestowed the first Manager’s Award of Excellence to Joanne Rile.
In 2001, thanks to the tireless work of Treasurer John Tomlinson (Paul Taylor Dance Company) we became a registered 501(c)(3) and entered into and completed a strategic planning process to clarify our organizational goals, objectives and message.
The Education Committee of NAPAMA’s Board launched the NAPAMA Institute, a first-ever series of workshops in 2002 that was presented at the three regional conferences and culminated with a special wrap-up session at Arts Presenters. That year the sessions addressed the topic of relationship marketing in the arts and were the foundation of the now annual series of educational sessions that NAPAMA presents to the industry on the hot topics and concerns of the day. It was also during this time that the Board established the NAPAMA Award for Excellence in Presenting the Performing Arts. The Award for Excellence was created in cooperation with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters to recognize those presenters who forge exemplary partnerships with artists and their managers and agents. One of my last acts as President was to present the first award to Tom Weidemann of the Clemens Center in Elmira, NY.
On a personal note, many people reading this know that probably the most interesting detail of my involvement with NAPAMA is that it is how I first met Brian Taylor Goldstein of FTM Arts Law who is now my husband! I must say that as much as I gave to NAPAMA during my time on the Board, I got back tenfold in return. Happy Anniversary!!