Artist visa bill introduced in U.S. Senate

Foreign Artist Visa & Tax News
February 8, 2016

Today brings important policy news for orchestras that engage artists from across the globe to partner with U.S. musicians in concerts, education programs, and the development of new artistic works. Legislation to make the artist visa process more reliable and affordable was introduced in the U.S. Senate today by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) Act, S. 2510, would improve opportunities for international cultural activity by ensuring that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes artist visas on time.

Read the full article online.

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 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

2016 Presidental Report

Thanks to our members who attended the first members meeting of 2016 at APAP. If you missed the meeting, Past President Jerry Ross opened with a report about the past year and his time as President. You can read it here.

We thank Jerry again for his dedication, time, energy, and work to serve our organization as President since 2013. Jerry remains on the board through 2016.

Aug 10th Caravan Update - including forms

First the easy part.  For those who are not attending WAA, there is a downloadable form for joining the caravan on the NAPAMA below for you to fill out and send in.  Remember it’s your responsibility to get your materials to Kansas City and then home from Baltimore.  We are still working on drayage charges for those joining in KC but in Baltimore your drayage (in and out) will be figured as part of the NAPAMA total weight so you won’t have to worry about minimums.  However, you will need to fill out and return a completed caravan participation form.

Now, for those of you who are going to WAA....first, some things you need to know:
Along with your materials, every exhibitor needs to include a packet that contains a completed Canada Customs Invoice, a completed US Form 4455, a completed caravan participation form and a copy of the CBSA issued Conference Recognition letter.   That packet of information along with all your materials are to be sent to:
Navis Pack and Ship
7082 S. 220 St.
Kent, WA  98032

All marketing materials, brochures, etc. are entering Canada under Canadian code 9830 and your booth, roll-ups, etc are considered under 9993. If you are able to split your packages, separate the 2 categories and label each package with the appropriate number, that would be nice...but if you can't no worries. We are not able to include electronics (tv's, etc) with the caravan - they must be carried separately.  AND, remember to make sure you also label all your packages with your WAA booth number and 'NAPAMA Caravan'.   IF YOU FAIL TO LABEL YOUR PACKAGES CORRECTLY THEY MAY NOT MAKE THE TRIP TO CANADA OR MAY NOT MAKE IT TO YOUR BOOTH!!!

Navis will organize and palletize all the goods, YRC Freight will pick up there, take across the border and deliver to show site.  It appears that the charges for all of that will be about $.50 per pound.   Once on site, if you qualify for the small package discount (no more than 5 boxes with an aggregate weight of 30lbs or less) then you will be directly charged $45 by the conference decorator.  If you exceed that then you will be charged the fill rate of $1.05 per pound with a $300 minimum.  IF YOU DO NOT FILL OUT AND RETURN YOUR CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM AND YOUR MATERIALS HANDLING FORM TO SHOW IN MOTION BY AUGUST 10TH YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO A 40% PENALTY TO YOUR DRAYAGE FEES!!

When we leave Vancouver, your materials will be picked up at your booth by Show In Motion and YRC will deliver them to Kansas City.  In Kansas City, the caravan pallets will be placed in an accessible location for us.  Caravan participants will pick up their own materials from pallets and then, on load out, deliver back to that area.

For questions contact Jerry Ross - or Marty Sonnenfeld at  

Download NAPAMA Caravan application

Download Canada Customs Invoice

Download US Form 4455

Official Recognition Letter is here