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January 6-10, 2017 - New York Hilton Midtown
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This information is for the APAP|NYC 2016 conference and is for reference only.
APAP|NYC 2017 information coming this spring!

Consultation Salons

The APAP|NYC consultation salons are back, and the specialists are in! Sign up for a one-on-one session and gain the knowledge and guidance you need from our team of experts and specialists.  

Grant Opportunities at Chamber Music America

Learn about CMA’s grant programs for commissioning, residency and presenting—from eligibility requirements and guidelines to completing the application. CMA’s program directors—Susan Dadian, CMA Classical/Contemporary, and Jeanette Vuocolo, CMA Jazz—will conduct consultations on grant opportunities in their specific areas. Jeanette will conduct consultations on Saturday, January 16th and Susan will conduct consultations on Sunday, January 17th.

Consultants: Susan Dadian, Jeanette Vuocolo

  • Saturday, 2-4 p.m., Sheraton, Union Square (Jeanette Vuocolo)
  • Sunday, 9- 11 a.m., Sheraton, Bryant Park (Susan Dadian)

Education Outreach: Engaging Students through the Arts

Education outreach is a crucial component in engaging and building audiences for the future.  Paul Rajeckas, Artistic Director, Telling Tales Project, and Joe Giardina, NYC Arts Education Consultant, have over 50 years combined experience in this area. This is an opportunity for artists and presenters to discuss successful strategies about implementing, expanding and growing in this area, particularly developing successful collaborations between artists and teachers/professors.

Consultants: Paul Rajeckas, Joe Giardina

  • Saturday, 5-6 p.m., Sheraton, Union Square
  • Monday, 9-10 a.m., Sheraton Union Square
  • Monday, 3-4 p.m., Sheraton Union Square

GG Arts Law Consultations

GG Arts Law is on hand for one-on-one appointments to discuss your legal concerns including immigration, tax and other issues involving foreign artists; arts-based business and non-profit organization and management; contractual issues; copyrights and licensing, artist and arts management; and new media and technology. To schedule an appointment, send an email to with “APAP Consultation” in the subject line. Indicate your topic and preferred time, and GG Arts Law will contact you to confirm the time and place with you.

Consultants: Brian Taylor Goldstein and Robyn Guilliams​                                                               ​​ 

  • ​​​Saturday, 8-9 a.m., Hilton, Concourse F
  • Saturday, noon-1:30 p.m., Hilton, Concourse F
  • Saturday, 4-6 p.m., Hilton, Concourse F
  • Sunday, 8-9 a.m., Hilton, Concourse F
  • Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hilton, Concourse F
  • Sunday, 4-6 p.m., Hilton, Concourse F​
  • Monday, 8-9 a.m., Hilton, Concourse F
  • Monday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Hilton, Concourse F

GG Arts Law Mini-Workshops

Navigating a World of Confusion: A Comprehensive Approach to Touring Foreign Artists in the U.S.

Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Hilton, Concourse F

Speaker(s): Brian Taylor Goldstein and Robyn Guilliams

While presenting and touring foreign artists in the United States brings many rewards, it also involves coordinating enormous logistical and legal challenges. In a lively session that will focus on current developments and practical skills, attendees will learn: basic visa concepts and procedures, as well as the latest updates up on the process; tax obligations of foreign artists and those who hire them; new restrictions on travel with instruments containing ivory and other banned materials; insurance available for foreign tours and performers; suggested planning and procedural timelines; and resources for further information.

I’ve Given You Money – What More Do You Want?? The Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Board Member

Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m., Hilton, Concourse F

Speaker(s): Brian Taylor Goldstein and Robyn Guilliams

The duties and responsibilities of a nonprofit board member are not the most fascinating topics… until something goes wrong! Heightened regulation of nonprofits and recent high profile scandals have caused confusion among board members as to their responsibilities and possible liability for an organization’s losses. This session will focus on basic oversight responsibilities for nonprofit board members, including how to devise a plan for proper management and control to maintain your 501(c)(3) status.

Top Ten Myths About Copyright and Licensing

Sunday, 9:30-11 a.m., Hilton, Concourse F

Speaker(s): Brian Taylor Goldstein

This session will explore the top ten copyright and licensing misconceptions that continue to confuse our industry. From BMI and ASCAP licenses, to internet use of copyrighted materials, to public domain and fair use, this discussion is essential for presenters, artists, managers and agents who require an understanding of the basic concepts and practical considerations in the field of copyright.
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Cutting Corners or Cutting Off Your Nose? The Difference between Hiring Employees and Freelancers in the Performing Arts, and Why It Matters to You!

Sunday, 2-3:30 p.m., Hilton, Concourse F

Speaker(s): Robyn Guilliams

What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee? If I designate someone as an “independent contractor” in my contract and issue a 1099, can I avoid paying employment taxes, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance? And what are the consequences if I get it wrong? This session will cover the guidelines for determining the proper work status for your performers, stage crew, administrative staffers or other “help”.

Law & Disorder: Live

Monday, 9:30-11 a.m., Hilton, Concourse F

Speaker(s): From contracts, copyrights and licensing; to visas and taxes; to profit and non-profit business organization, practices and management; bring your questions and concerns to this lively forum with the authors of Musical America’s popular blog Law and Disorder: Entertainment Division.