ISPA Preview & Timeline

New York ISPA Congress: Bridging the Gap
(9-11 January, 2024)

Congress Day 1 – Tuesday 9 January

11:30-15:45 – Registration/Check-in

13:30-14:15 – Opening Ceremony and Welcome

14:50-15:05 – Regional Update

15:05-16:45 – Session 1: “The Road Not Taken – Sustainable Touring”

17:30-20:30 – Opening Reception/New Member Welcome

From 21:30 – Cocktail Klatch

Congress Day 2 – Wednesday 10 January

11:30-16:30 – Registration/Check-in

10:00-11:45 – Pitch New Works with Host, Anthony Sargent CBE (Koffler Centre of the Arts in Canada)

11:45-13:45 – PROEX (Professional Exchange)

14:00-15:15 – Session 2: “The Generational Divide”

15:15-15:25 – Regional Update

15:25-17:00 – Session 3: “Welcome to Your New Audience”

From 21:30 – Cocktail Klatch

Congress Day 3 – Thursday 11 January

09:00-15:00 – Registration/Check-in

10:00-11:30 – Session 4: Coffee Klatch / ”Exploring New York” (including venue tours)

13:30-13:40 – Regional Update

14:40-15:30 – Session 5: “Just Art”

15:30-15:45 – Invitation to Perth with Katherine Connor, ED of PAC Australia

15:45-16:45 – ISPA Awards Presentation

16:45-18:30 – Closing Reception

From 21:30 – Cocktail Klatch

Timeline: A Short History of ISPA

First New York Congress and decision to organise as the National Association of Concert Managers (NACM).

NACM incorporated in Texas and Patrick Hayes is appointed as founding President.

A group of university managers split off to form the Association of College and University Concert Managers (forerunner of APAP).

Organisation name changes to International Association of Concert and Festival Managers (IACFM).

Annual Congress held in Washington, D.C..

Beverly Sills receives the first Distinguished Artist Award.

Patrick Hayes Award introduced and bestowed on the award namesake.

Incorporation of the International Society of Performing Arts Administrators Foundation.
Clinton Norton is appointed as the first (part-time, volunteer) Executive Director.

First international congress takes place in London with 200 delegates from four countries.

Clinton Norton retires, leaving a membership of 480 in 27 countries.

Organisational name changed to the current International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA).

50th anniversary celebration.

First fellowships introduced.

ISPA Office established in New York City.

65th anniversary celebration.

Bogotá 2014 ISPA Congress attracts a record 503 delegates from 37 countries.
New branding introduced.

First bi-city, bi-country congress held in Malmö, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark.

10th anniversary of ISPA Fellowship programmes celebrated by exceeding more than $1m in grants. ISPA’s 100th congress takes place in Montréal, Canada.

ISPA membership celebrates a record of 526 members from 60 countries.

A record 73 Fellows participate in one of New York’s or Guadalajara’s congresses.

2020 New York ISPA Congress is sold out with record attendance of 673 delegates from 245 cities and 57 regions.

New York City and the world shuts down as the Coronavirus spreads beyond all expectation.

ISPA launches its first online programme, “ISPAconvenes”.

ISPA’s first fully virtual congress and a digital membership are introduced to engage members around the world.

Despite the emergence of the Omicron variant, ISPA moves forward successfully with its first hybrid congress.

ISPA’s 75th Anniversary.