NAPAMA in Canada

We are excited to announce that we have a new Canadian liaison - Eoin Ó Cathåin with Latitude 45 Arts.

What this means is we are looking forward to renewing and deepening our relationship with our northern colleagues. NAPAMA members Ann Summers Dossena and Laurelle Favreau have helped make in roads with several organizations and we are pleased to announce that we will have an opportunity to speak at the upcoming IAMA conference in Toronto this November. This is an opportunity to engage with other international managers and talk about our organization and work.

More information can be found here.
More about IAMA is here.

NAPAMA Members Accepted to APAP Leadership Fellows Program

Several of our members ave been accepted into the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Leadership Fellows Program. The 2 year program has two aims, to grow and enhance the leadership skills of the 'mid-career' folk as well as create a wide impact on the performing arts field and add to the growing knowledge base of arts leadership in our contemporary world. Congrats to our leader David Wannen as well to Amy MillerSarah Watland McCarthy, and Dani Kefeckollett and all accepted into the program.

In partnership, APAP and the Arts Leadership Program at the University of Southern California (USC) developed the Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) to seek long term impact on individuals and the arts field. The program has a 20 month arc, launching with a five-day summer intensive at USC, followed by ongoing peer-based mentoring, annual gatherings at the APAP|NYC conference in New York City and continuous engagement in an online resource and discussion platform. Scott Stoner, vice president of programs and resources at APAP, and Ken Foster, director of the Arts Leadership Program at USC, are co-directors of the program in consultation with leadership experts for each cohort tasked at guiding the program and the individual participants.

More about the program and the full list of both cohorts is available on the APAP website. Congrats!!

New Ivory Rules Support Musical Instruments

June 2, 2016

On July 6, 2016, new rules will take effect for both international travel and domestic commerce with musical instruments that contain small quantities of African elephant ivory. Finalizing new rules under the Endangered Species Act to institute a near-total ban on the domestic commercial trade of African elephant ivory has been a top priority of the Obama Administration. Since the plan to issue new rules was announced in February 2014, the League and its member orchestras have played a key leadership role in national conversations with White House officials, top leadership at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Congress, and conservation organizations to successfully seek solutions that would address the ongoing use of legally crafted musical instruments.

The final rules broaden access to travel permits, allow for domestic interstate commerce in existing musical instruments containing "de minimis" quantities of ivory weighing less than 200 grams, and very helpfully clarify that legally-crafted musical instruments are not contributing to the poaching and trafficking crisis.  

In announcing the rules to reverse a current travel restriction and provide opportunities for ongoing domestic interstate commerce in musical instruments, USFWS Director Dan Ashe said, "We listened carefully to the legitimate concerns raised by various stakeholder groups and, as a result, are allowing commonsense, narrow exceptions for musicians, musical instrument makers and trade items that have minimal amounts of ivory and satisfy other conditions. These items are not drivers of elephant poaching and do not provide cover for traffickers."

League President and CEO Jesse Rosen said, "We look forward to ongoing engagement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as further guidance is crafted to inform orchestra musicians about the de minimis sales exemption and expanded travel permit eligibility. The Administration's ultimate approach to the African elephant ivory rule demonstrates that it is possible to address urgent conservation needs while also supporting global cultural activity."

Between now and July 6, USFWS will be working on creating new resources to guide compliance with the new requirements. In the meantime, the League has analyzed the 114-page rule and new USFWS Q & A to provide a summary of the top items that relate to musical instruments.

See the League's Overview on the Ivory Ban and Musical Instruments

The League is grateful to our partners at Chamber Music America, The Recording Academy, the American Federation of Violin and Bowmakers, NAMM, the American Federation of Musicians, Carnegie Hall, and our other national collaborators in ongoing efforts to make progress on this complex policy issue.

Further action is still to come on a broader array issues related to international travel with protected species material, particularly as the U.S. prepares to enter into international negotiations on this topic at this September's Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Getting Past the Inbox: Email Marketing to Trigger Opens (and Action) from Busy Presenters

Does your email marketing feel like shouting into the void? Are you looking for a better to way to engage presenters and avoid the dreaded spam "blacklist?" Join us for this free, three-part webinar on email marketing methods tailored for artists, agencies, and producing companies.

You'll learn how to:

  • Write exciting copy that will keep your readers engaged.
  • Turn up the volume on your communication skills.
  • Strengthen your brand, credibility, and reputation with presenters.

The webinars will be led by Nate Wright of Small Biz Triage, a California-based studio specializing in email marketing for small businesses and nonprofits. Nate will joined by expert guests from the field of performing arts touring and presenting.

Small Biz Triage is obsessed with relentlessly helping small biz owners grow their kingdoms to support an independent (and generous) lifestyle, while injecting humanity into their business.

These webinars will run on June 14th, June 28th, and July 12th.

They start at 11AM PDT, with replays to be announced.

Registration is free, so save the date! Register now.

Brought to your desk by the Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences in partnership with NAPAMA and Arts Northwest.

The Alliance of Performing Arts Conference is a loose-knit network including Arts Midwest, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), International Performing Arts for Young Audiences (IPAY), South Arts/Performing Arts Exchange (PAE), and Western Arts Alliance (WAA). The Alliance is pleased to partner with North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents for this series of webinars.

Updates from Canada

Learn the latest news from Canada through the All Access CAPACOA newsletter. Highlights of the March issue:

  1. dialogue on International Taxation begins with Canada Revenue Agency
  2. Electronic Travel Authorization Comes into Force March 15!

Learn more and check out past issues

The next annual national CAPACOA conference will be held in conjunction with CINARS
on November 14-19, 2016
Read about it here

More news about Canada can be found on the CAPACOA website.
Contact: Frederic Julien, Director of Research and Development with questions.