The Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO) began almost 30 years ago when a group of organizations providing services to their performing arts communities got together to share their experiences as a way of learning from each other. Today APASO is a national association that includes cross-disciplinary nonprofit arts service organizations, performing arts service organizations, and cultural alliances from all across the country.

We share many common goals, and many common passions drive our work. Almost all of us work to increase public awareness of, engagement with, and support for the arts in our local communities. Almost all of us engage in public advocacy for the arts and for arts in education.

Many of us provide similar services to our constituents: marketing, ticketing, technical support, capacity building, and professional development. Some of us serve only other arts organizations, and some serve organizations and individual artists. A number of us have developed specialized services in the area of online calendars, ticketing services, fiscal sponsorship programs.

We meet once a year to share best practices, share resources, and recharge our batteries. It’s the one time we meet with our peers, with others who are doing what we do. It is enormously helpful and strengthening to the field. We stay connected with each other throughout the year via a very active listserv.

Some of the initiatives that have come out of our APASO meetings include Free Night of Theatre, “Big Lists” (shared community marketing databases), discount ticketing systems, and the expansion of the Artsopolis network of calendar sites. A soon-to-be shared initiative is a new 15-city study of the intrinsic impact of the arts.

APASO began and still is an informal, unincorporated, ad hoc learning community. We are not an incorporated dues-paying association. Any nonprofit arts/cultural organization providing similar services to their constituents is always welcome to join us at our conferences.

LA Stage Alliance – Los Angeles
Riverside Arts Council
San Diego Performing Arts League
Theatre Bay Area – San Francisco
Arts Council Silicon Valley – San Jose
Artsopolis – San Jose
Santa Barbara Perf. Arts League

District of Columbia
Americans for the Arts (national)
Cultural All. of Greater Washington
League of Washington Theatres
Dance/USA (national)

Theatre League of S. Florida – Miami
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Central Florida – Orlando
Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs
Florida Cultural Alliance – West Palm
Florida Professional Theatre Assoc.

Alternate ROOTS
Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts

League of Chicago Theatres

Northwest Indiana Theatre Alliance

Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

Arts Boston
Worcester Cultural Coalition

Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance
Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan

Minnesota Theater Alliance

North Carolina
North Carolina Theatre Conference

New Jersey
ArtPride New Jersey
New Jersey Theatre Alliance

New York
A.R.T./New York
Broadway League
High Five Tickets to the Arts
Fractured Atlas (national)
Theatre Communications Group (national)
Theatre Development Fund

Cleveland Theatre Collective
Ohio Theatre Alliance

Portland Area Theatre Alliance

Art-Reach (Philadelphia)
Avenue of the Arts
CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Partners for Sacred Places (national)

Rhode Island
Arts & Business Council of RI

South Carolina
The League of Charleston Theatres

Austin Creative Alliance
TACA – The Arts Community Alliance – Dallas

Ticket/Ticket Ticket Window
Theatre Puget Sound


Alliance for Arts & Culture – Vancouver
Edmonton Arts Council – Alberta
Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance
ProArt Alliance of Greater Victoria
Theatre Alberta
Professional Association of Canadian Theatres
Tickets Tonight – Vancouver
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts

Melbourne, HalfTix

Society of London Theatre

Luderic Evenement – Paris

HekTicket Organization – Berlin

Know of an organization that is missing from this list?  Send it to twilhelm@pittsburghartscouncil.org.

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