In January, New York played host to APAP, where 3,000 people gathered for the biggest performing artist conference in the world. Jumbie Records Artist Management made its first appearance this year, hosting an artist workshop, attending panels, and handing out cupcakes at our booth. We saw many old friends, and made many new ones--arts presenters, press, and fellow artist/entrepreneurs like Vladimir the Russian piano virtuoso and the Dutch Jazz Coalition.
We saw a lot of interest in world music at the countless forums on the state of performing arts today. Radio producer Marco Werman (PRI's "The World") hosted an excellent panel whose title seemed to capture the spirit of the event - "It's All World Music!" A very nice article by Evangeline Kim on Afropop.org digs into the range of issues raised at these and other APAP sessions discussing the state of world music and ideas that are succeeding to strengthen it.