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Second Quarter 2015 Newsletter 

From the President | June 2015


I look around and realize that suddenly it's summer and I wonder just exactly how the time went by so quickly.  It feels like APAP was only a month or so ago and the retreat just ended last week.  But, time has a way of sneaking up on us and, before we know it, we'll all be up to our eyeballs with Regionals.  So, before it gets too far removed, I want to thank everyone involved with the remarkable retreat we had last month.  The weather, the venue and, most notably, the conversations and exchange of information and knowledge was extraordinary.  If you've not had the opportunity to attend a retreat, you owe it to yourself to make it to one and you'll be able to read more about last month's event later in the newsletter.  You will also find lots of info about the upcoming conferences and yes, there will be a caravan this year. We are still working out the customs issues on moving in and out of Canada and more details are coming soon.  There is more info below but keep an eye out for upcoming NAPAMA alerts for full details.


I want to wish everyone a great summer and remember, make sure you take time for yourself and your families the next few months - the fall conferences will be here before any of us realize it!


~Jerry Ross, President

Retreat Recap and Photos
Thanks to all who joined us for the 5th Agents & Managers Retreat in Ft. Lauderdale this May. Here are some of the comments we've heard in our evaluations so far.

I enjoyed it a lot, was great to be around my colleagues in a totally different, relaxed environment!

Highly educational, encouraging, supportive, fun! 


Appropriate depth of information in some key areas. Good speakers, good colleagues.

Good mix of topics.

It's amazing to be in a non-competitive environment and learn how my peers conduct business and deal with the various pressures.

Like getting a college semester of valuable knowledge in 2 days. Then there is the social end that builds relationships that can turn into project partnerships. Finally there is simply the FUN relaxed environment all this good stuff happens in. Invaluable.

Educational, collegial, insightful.

Conference Updates

Board member Lynn Fisher has worked with our conference liaisons to compile updates on the upcoming conferences. 2015 dates for all are below as are the host city and a link to the conference website for conference, hotel and travel information. 


Western Arts Alliance

The WAA conference will be in Vancouver, BC August 31-September 3.  Click here for the conference website. .

WAA has been generous in offering ways to make crossing the boarder a little easier. Read more..

Download our conference cheat sheet here.


Arts Midwest

The Arts Midwest will be in Kansas City, MO September 9-12.

Click here for the conference website. 
Download our conference cheat sheet here.

South Arts/Performing Arts Exchange

PAE will be in Baltimore, MD September 28-October1.

Download our conference cheat sheet here.

Arts Northwest

Arts Northwest will be in Boise, ID October 12-15 

Click here for the conference website.

Download our conference cheat sheet here.


Ohio Arts Presenters Network (OAPN)
OAPN will be in Sandusky, OH October 19-21.    

Click here for the conference website.


North Carolina Arts Market 
Arts Market will be in Durham, NC November 2-4, 2015 

Showcase applications are open and the deadline to submit is July 1. Click here for conference and showcase details.


Indie Showcase Opportunities    
The following artists, agents and managers are producing independent showcases at the regional conferences. Please reach out if you or your artists are interested in a showcase slot. A big thanks to Crandall Rogers who culled this information for us.

For indie showcase opportunities at Arts Midwest, please contact the following:

Tiffany Goodman, Goodman Artists (with Christian Howes) - Wed/Thurs/Fri 

Manuel Prestamo, PMI - Wed/Thurs/Fri

Mojo & the Bayou Gypsies

Robin Klinger, Robin Klinger Entertainment - One night only, Thursday or Friday.  

Seth Lepore

For indie showcase opportunities at PAE, please contact the following:

Crandall Rogers running for East Coast
Entertainment,, 518 461-4080
Lee Moore, East Coast Entertainment,

Billie Wells, Wells Entertainment, 954.536.5260

Manuel Prestamo, PMI, 786.592.1868

Lisa Rock, Close to You, Inc., 847.321.0856

Melissa Baum, Kid Power Programs, 316.831.9560

Patrice Kaluza, SeaSound Entertainment, 919.426.5176

Robin Klinger, Robin Klinger Entertainment, 516-472-7130
Caravan Update    
We will be operating the annual caravan again this year but are still working out details.  We are figuring out how to work out handling the customs clearance issues.  We may wind up having to have all your materials shipped to a collection point in the U.S. and then shipped across the border to show site...or directly into Canada to a clearance company to handle.  It's going to be a bit more than we are all accustomed to spending so we are working hard to make it as inexpensive as possible.  Make sure to watch for the upcoming NAPAMA alerts for more info.  Or you can check in with Jerry Ross - - for additional details.  
Technological Systems Update regarding Visas
Technological Systems Issue
June 17, 2015
Visa Systems Issues
The Bureau of Consular Affairs continues to experience technical problems with our visa systems. This is a global issue, and we are working around the clock to fix it. More than 100 computer experts from both the private and public sectors across the United States are working on this problem 24/7. That said, we do not expect the system will be online before next week.
Read the entire update here.
CAPACOA Update    
Below is a link to a press release from CAPACOA about the action taken by the advisory group about the Regulation 105. You will note the links on the press release which will take you to the actual letter sent to Govt of Canada, and the link that takes you to more info about the Reg 105, a required withholding tax on fees paid to foreign artists.

CPAE Update    
The fifth year of Certification for Performing Arts Executives / CPAE begins on October 13. Specifically designed for agents and managers, company directors, artists, and presenters who want to expand their knowledge of the industry, certification helps you better negotiate and build career success and achieve goals in an increasingly competitive field. Seasoned industry professionals teach the online classes on the second Tuesday of the month, October through May. The full certification program consists of 8, 3-hour classes offered through The University of New Orleans' Program in Arts Administration. Scholarships are available through NAPAMA and Arts Northwest if you register for all eight sessions at once. Read more about the program and scholarship process here.
Comings and Goings

Our Facebook feeds have been over run with news of colleagues leaving positions, retiring, and starting new endeavors. Below is a round up of who is where as of mid June.

Mike Morelli is leaving the PAC at Kent State/Tuscarawas to head the Arts Mgnt. program at the Univ of MT.

Renee Chatelain, of the Manhship Theatre, announced as the new director of the Art Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

Retiring: Deb Smith is retiring in Newberry, SC, Elliott Sroka retiring at The Tilles Center,  Elise Kushigian at Butler University and Tom Weidemann at The Clemens Center in Elmira, NY - as these positions are being advertised. 

Pierre Audi, from the Dutch National Opera, has been announced as the new AD for the Park Avenue Armory.

Chad Herzog named as the new Director of Programming at the International Festival of Art & Ideas!

The Memphis Development Foundation (MDF), which operates the historic Orpheum Theatre, announces that Ron Jewell, current Director of the Bartlett Performing Arts Center, will join the MDF staff as Vice-President of Operations at the forthcoming Centre for Performing Arts Education. The $14.5 million Centre is expected to formally open in August of this year.

Ben Cameron leaves Doris Duke and returns to Minnesota to run
the Jerome Foundation.

Gena Buhler, theater director at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek since 2008, has accepted the role as executive director at Aspen's Wheeler Opera House.

Brenda Lee Johnston is leaving the Schauer Center in Hartford, WI the end of July. She has accepted a new position as Assistant Professor of Arts Administration at Butler University in Indianapolis.

The Sheldon Theatre Board announced this week it has found a new executive director for the historic downtown venue. Bonnie Schock, former program officer with the Minnesota State Arts Board and a University of Minnesota lecturer, will take over the position this summer.

Patricia Mitchell, generally credited with transforming the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts from the start of her tenure in 2007, plans to retire at the end of 2015. Her accomplishments include overseeing the completion of the Center's 1,100-seat $42 million Concert Hall, which opened last February as home to the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Schubert Club, and the Minnesota Opera.

Terri Guerrisi accepted an early retirement incentive offered by Harrisburg Area Community College and will be retiring effective Tuesday, June 30, 2015, after serving in her position for over 26 years.  

Additional moves can be read and downloaded here.
Member News
Wow, NAPAMA members had a very busy spring. Lots of exciting news from our members.

GAMI/Simonds, LLC went solar New Years Eve

Baylin Artists Management welcomes new Midwest Artist Representative
Baylin Artists Management is proud to welcome Alexis Parente as our new Artist Representative for the Midwest. Alexis has made a name for herself as a Performing Arts Marketer within Philadelphia. Having worked with Peter Nero and the Philly POPS, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Alexis is familiar with a variety of music genres, and performing artists. We are excited about this new addition to our team. Welcome, Alexis!

BiCoastal Productions announces new offices
BiCoastal Productions has moved to new offices--down the hall! Thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way, as we started verrrrrrry late in life. We've expanded our office space about 50%, new furniture/phones, and will be adding some new agents. Fran and Ron invite you to stop by to say "hi" when you are in the 'hood--247 West 38th St, Suite 403 NY. 

Larry Kosson and Robin Spielberg are proud to announce their new agency, Kosson Talent
The married couple, who formed SMG Artists in 2000 and then joined forces with The Roots Agency, formed this new enterprise to handle a select number of clients.

Piccadilly Arts is shifting focus this summer and offering marketing consulting and mentoring in addition to continued work with a few special touring projects. Piccadilly Arts also has a new home in the 9th St./Italian Market area of Phila - the upstairs office of the Kun Yang Lin/Dancers studio. Chrissie also spent the spring immersed in the dark room, working on silver gelatin prints after an 8 year hiatus. Two prints were part of a group showing at Red Hook Cafe in Philadelphia (below, left middle (adirondack chairs) and top right (Swarthmore College arch).

In  Remembrance

Margaret Juntwait has passed away. Margaret was known best as the Broadcast voice for the Metropolitan a Opera. She had succeeded Peter Allen. And was one of the loveliest people on planet. We knew her through our work with WNYC and WQXR radio. She will be missed. Read her obituary here.

Lurea Murphy with Lurea Artists Management passed away on April 4. Details were not made public. 

Ronald A. Wilford, Manager to a Host of Legendary Maestros, Dies at 87. Read the Times article here.

Harry S. Beall, Jr., died Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, after a brief illness. In 1964 he was a founding partner in Judson O'Neill Beall and Steinway that was the beginning of his career as a classical music manager, which he did until his retirement in 1992. During his career in classical music he worked with Lily Pons, Van Cliburn, Arthur Fiedler, Gary Graffman, Jessye Norman and the Guarneri String quartet for 35 years as well as many others. He made many dear friends in the business of producing classical music concerts. Read his obituary here


Chrissie DiAngelus thanks the board and her communicaitons committee for their help culling a wealth of information for this quarter's newsletter, particularly Sue Birch (SueBMusic), Fran Heller (BiCoastal Productions) and Lori Andersen and Brian Marsh (Andersen Associates).

Be sure to visit the website for updates including joining/renewing your membership in our new membership database.  

Wishing you a relaxing summer!
In This Issue
From the President
Retreat Recap
Conference Updates
Indie Showcases
Caravan News
Visa Update
Comings & Goings
Member News
In Remembrance
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Don't hesitate to use your entire NAPAMA network for mentoring and connecting  if you have questions that need answering. Reach out to one of our Board members - we are happy to help in any way we can. There is a NAPAMA MEMBER only Facebook group now that is growing.

Through representation and power in numbers NAPAMA ensures that your voice will be heard at the highest levels of the performing arts marketplace.  If you are new or old to NAPAMA and you have any questions about membership, feel free to contact me. 
David Wannen 
V.P. Membership