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"January in NYC is the Place to Be for the Performing Arts" celebrates the unmatched convergence of performing arts professionals, audiences, and events in New York City. Every January over 48,000 people from around the globe flock to New York City for public festivals and industry gatherings, featuring over 1,500 performances by thousands of world-class artists of all disciplines and genres, including world music, theatre, dance, jazz, and more. With the growing collaboration by leading performing arts organizations, the breadth and scope of theater, dance, music and opera performance presented makes January In NYC the best time of the year for artists, colleagues and audiences to get a snapshot of contemporary performance and glimpse into the future of the field.


COIL: 10th Anniversary Festival
January 2-18, 2015

COIL is Performance Space 122's annual winter performance festival full of contemporary, textured, global, local, contemplative, grounded, rigorous, and always very live performance. What was originally established as a contemporary dance festival of remounts from past seasons, COIL has evolved into a festival that highlights the work and artists PS122 commissions that spans genres. The 10th annual COIL features theater, dance, music and media arts in multiple venues throughout the city.



Under The Radar
January 7-18, 2015

Under The Radar is a festival of new theater widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad. UTR offers a crash course in theater created by some of the most dynamic artists working today, including past appearances by Elevator Repair Service, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Gob Squad, Belarus Free Theater, Mariano Pensotti and more. The festival also features a symposium for industry professionals (Jan. 8 and 9) and a late night club with music programming.


January 7-10, 2015

Since launching as a one-day festival in 2005, Winter Jazzfest has expanded to multiple days and numerous venues, showcasing hundreds of artists and attracting thousands of attendees each year. In 2014 the festival celebrated its 10th year and featured over 100 and 400 musicians in 10 venues while welcoming over 7500 attendees. Set against the historic backdrop of the Village the festival helps to redeem the rich jazz heritage of the downtown neighborhood while providing an intimate and energized environment for audiences to experience today's incredibly diverse and thriving jazz and creative music community. In 2015 Winter Jazzfest celebrates 11 years of showcasing prominent and new jazz talent to a growing audience.


PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now
January 8-17, 2015

PROTOTYPE is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering artists from New York City and around the world, co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE. The third edition of PROTOTYPE will feature two world premieres a contemporary family opera, a multimedia music-theater work an international co-presentation, cabaret music-theater, two operas in development and more.


January 8-9, 2015

In just its third year, the Jazz Connect Conference has become one of the leading gatherings for jazz professionals around the world. Under the theme of Strength Through Community, this year the conference will be held in a separate location from the APAP|NYC conference, at Saint Peter's Church in New York City. In-depth programming includes 12 workshops and five plenary sessions on a variety of timely and engaging subjects. Moderators and panelists include an impressive cross-section of worldwide artists and professionals.


January 8-9, 2015

Organized by music PR firm Rock Paper Scissors, the APAP World Music Pre-conference is the largest gathering of world music professionals in the U.S. The two-day World Music pre-conference at APAP|NYC will include lively discussions on the latest issues and concerns in the world music field.


January 8-18, 2015

Created by Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor in partnership with the Abrons Arts Center in January 2010, American Realness is a festival of contemporary dance and performance. An internationally recognized platform for the discovery of new works from subversive artists, tearing at the boundaries of their forms, American Realness commands attention for the proliferation of choreographic and performative practices transcending the traditions and rewriting the definitions of American dance and performance. Since 2014, the eleven-day festival has expanded its scope to include the work of international artists, engaging a global dialogue around the practice and presentation of contemporary dance and performance.


January 9-13, 2015

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) presents the world's premier gathering of more than 3600 performing arts professionals, and its 58th annual membership conference, APAP|NYC 2015, in New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square. APAP|NYC features more than 1000 world-class artist showcases held around the city, an EXPO Hall boasting nearly 400 booths, dozens of professional development sessions, A-list keynote speakers, and pre-conference forums, many of which are free and open to the public. See more conference information at, and APAP membership information at


January 11, 2015

GlobalFEST opened the public-facing door to APAP's artistic critical mass in 2004, and will take place for its 12th year at Webster Hall. The ticketed January event will once again feature a dozen diverse artists. Since its early days, globalFEST has rippled out forming a non-profit; creating a touring fund to help festival alumni go deeper into American communities; releasing globalFEST Selector, a compilation recording of exclusive content from past performers; curating critically-acclaimed stages at Bonnaroo and SXSW festivals; and, recently expanded to an additional summer edition in partnership with Lincoln Center Out of Doors.


ISPA's (International Society for the Performing Arts) 67th New York Congress
Dynamic Leadership: Creating the Future
January 13-15, 2015

ISPA is a global network of more than 400 leaders in the performing arts with representation from more than 185 cities and all regions of the globe.

Leadership. As generations shift and global worldviews are realized, both the concept and practice of leadership in the arts evolves in new and surprising directions. What does it mean to lead today? As artists, organizations and a field, are the performing arts trending ahead or lagging behind? What are the best practices and the next great ideas? Join ISPA in a dialogue that embraces diverse global voices and the freshest formats over the course of three days in New York City.


January 15-18, 2015

CMA is the national network for the chamber music profession, which includes ensembles, presenters, composers, educators, music businesses and others involved in early, classical, contemporary, jazz and world chamber music. CMA's national conference includes inspiring keynotes, small group sessions and workshops, ensemble showcases, concerts and networking events. This year's pre-conference day entitled, How to Succeed in a Changing Musical World, will be presented by the Eastman School of Music's Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research, and will tackle the issue of reaching new audiences while remaining true to your artistic mission. This theme will be carried through the conference itself, which will culminate in an Awards Banquet honoring The Emerson String Quartet on Sunday, January 18.