APAM 2018 Artist applications NOW OPEN

Brisbane PowerhouseThe Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) is calling for applications from Australian and New Zealand performing artists and organisations to be part of APAM 2018 to be held in Brisbane in February 2018.

Established in 1994 by the Australia Council for the Arts, APAM is Australia’s leading internationally focused industry event for contemporary performing arts – with a key focus on increasing international and national touring outcomes and business development opportunities for the sector.

“APAM is integral in developing the international profile and reputation of Australian artists as creators of outstanding work,” said Australia Council for the Arts CEO Tony Grybowski. “In 2016 the program showcased 28 artists and companies from Australia and New Zealand and hosted 655 delegates from 30 countries.”

“The Australia Council is proud to support APAM, as it supports a significant networking and showcase platform to international and national presenters of diverse Australian work including strong representation from contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island performing arts.”

The event brings together more than 1,200 participants from the Australian and international performing arts industry, including influential Artists, Artistic Directors, Creative and Associate Producers, Companies, Festival Directors, Executives, CEO’s, and Program Managers.

Artists and companies can participate in the event in a number of ways – including applying to the Showcase and Pitch Program or to exhibit as part of the On Display Booth Program, as well as attending networking events. In 2018, Brisbane Powerhouse will again present APAM activities and performances, with additional events held across local partner venues including the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

Brisbane Powerhouse Artistic Director Kris Stewart said APAM provides a valuable platform for Australian artists to showcase tour-ready productions: “If you have ambitions to get your show on the national or international touring circuit – apply to APAM. From theatre, circus, to dance and more, the opportunity to present at APAM is open to all performing art genres.”

“Successful applicants perform live to an audience of key international and national delegates – there’s no better event for exposure, touring opportunities and industry networking in Australia,” said Mr Stewart.

Teena Munn, International Programming Manager at Circus Oz participated in APAM 2016: “APAM presents a fantastic opportunity to know where to benchmark yourself and what’s happening across the global performing arts industry,” said Ms Munn. “It’s an incredibly inspirational event to be a part of, a great place to make new connections, talk, discuss, and get inspired.”

APAM 2018 will be presented by the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse. Brisbane City Council is the Principal Supporter of APAM. The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland, also proudly supports the event.

APAM 2018 runs 19 – 23 February. Artists and arts organisations interested in applying and / or attending APAM are invited to attend Roadshow information sessions to be held across Australia and New Zealand in March – April 2017. For more information or to apply online, visit: www.performingartsmarket.com.au for details – Artist applications close midnight (AEST) Monday 3 July 2017.

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