APAP’s mid career Leadership Fellows Program

Dear Manager Colleagues,

I am writing to you today to let you know about APAP’s mid career Leadership Fellows Program and seek your help in finding people on the manager side of the field for whom this program could be useful. We are accepting applications now for the second year of the program and while we would really like to have a more robust participation from artist managers whether directly affiliated with a performance company, from an agency with a roster of artists, or even self representing. I am hoping you can help us find potential applicants.

For the past three years I have been working with Scott Stoner and a broad cross section of the field to develop a Leadership Program that is targeted to mid career professionals. We are using the mid career language somewhat loosely - generally looking for people who have 7 to 10 years of expericene in the field and are planning to remain in the field for the foreseeable future. This is not for “emerging leaders” for which APAP has other programs.

Our thinking has been that the upheavals in the field of the last several years are causing all of us to think about how we can continue to do the work we do and how we might need to rethink our approach to our work. We spent two years talking to various groups of professionals about this and from that emerged this program the details of which you can find at http://www.apap365.org/KNOWLEDGE/LeadershipInitiatives/Pages/Leadership-Fellows-Program.aspx. As you will see when you check it out, it’s an 18 month program and the time commitment, while substantial, is not completely onerous. The expectation is that participants integrate the work they are doing in the program into their daily work in their company. Also, because we have funding form AMEX, Wallace and others, the cost is quite reasonable for what you get.

I want to stress that this program is about the FIELD of presenting and is not just for presenters! We are serious about embracing the full range of the presenting field but we can’t do that without strong participation by managers.

Please take a look at the web site and see what you think. Feel free to pass this email on to anyone you think might be interested or who would know people that are. The deadline for application is soon - February 11, 2016. 

Thanks in advance for your help. If you have any questions pleas don’t hesitate to contact me.


Ken Foster
Director, Arts Leadership at USC