Annual Conference

National Performance Network is thrilled to return to New Orleans for its 2019 Annual Conference December 10-13 in collaboration with local Partners Ashé Cultural Arts CenterContemporary Arts Center NOLA and Junebug Productions

We are committed to building a more just and equitable arts presenting field. Through a diverse community of arts organizations around the U.S., we:

  • support artists in the creation and development, touring and exhibition, and community engagement of new work
  • seek to center artists, organizations, and communities that have been historically marginalized
  • foster engagement in our field for collaboration, learning, and resource-sharing
  • invest in leadership and capacity-building within our network
  • advance more equitable policy and practices throughout the arts sector

NPN’s Annual Conference is a dynamic international forum for artists, arts leaders, activists, organizers, funders and others – all are welcome! For more than 30 years, the Annual Conference has provided an opportunity to share insights, celebrate creative work, examine policies, seek alternative models, explore the local community, and address the most critical issues of our time in an environment that welcomes participation, peer-to-peer exchange, challenging discourse, and joyful celebration.

At the conference, artists are integral to the meeting, and great care is taken to create a respectful and equitable atmosphere where their voices are heard. The Annual Conference directly addresses artist equity issues by subsidizing artists’ attendance, creating a platform where artists and presenters are equal peer participants and by partnering with the local community.


  • Attendance: 350-375 people
    • Roughly 1/3 NPN Partner organizations, 1/3 local and national artists, 1/3 other colleagues
    • 80-100 scholarships for local and national artists
  • Schedule
    • Pre-conference workshops and tours (Tuesday)
    • Conference sessions: one full day (Wednesday) and two half days (Thursday and Friday)
    • Opening night reception (Tuesday), closing night reception (Friday), and one other evening activity
    • Culture tours (one afternoon)
    • Performance showcases (TBD)
  • Facilities: Conference sessions take place at the hotel (New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center). Off-site venues are used for evening events, tours, and other excursions.

Past meetings have been held in the following cities. Links indicate years in which information is still available online:


Past Issues