ATTENTION ARTS ORGANIZATIONS: You can apply for funding to offset the costs associated with attending a Conference through the OAC’s Capacity Building grant program, which has an upcoming deadline of June 1, 2020.
The OAPN Board of Directors is closely monitoring the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and considers the health and well-being of its members, artists and conference attendees with the highest priority. This afternoon, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued an update in the state of Ohio outlining the steps being taken by the state to address this national health crisis. We are taking these measures seriously, and are closely following the guidance and requirements of local, state and national authorities.
To that end, we are continuing our planning for the 2020 Conference in October 2020. For those members who are concerned about the cancellation of our fall conference, the OAPN Board of Directors will continue to monitor the COVID-19 health threat, and determine the appropriate steps to take as these first official actions by the state of Ohio to address the spread of COVID-19 are deployed. You can find the most up to date information at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/.
In the event you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms (notably fever, cough, and breathing issues), we strongly request that you stay home and take good care of yourself. Please follow the precautions and preventive measures as recommended by the Ohio Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control, which include but are not limited to:
• wash your hands often with soap and water
• avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• avoid close contact with people who are sick
• and please stay home when you are sick
Jessica Rosenblatt, Executive Director
Gary Minyard, President
OAPN offers a variety of sponsorships designed to fit your budget, amplify your brand and visibility, and support the vital work of the Conference.
Take advantage of these opportunities to support yourself, your agency, your artist or a new series. Our sponsorships range from $100-$5000.
Click the title above to download a PDF of our 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities.
Artists and Agents can now apply to showcase to OAPN 2020!
Updated March, 23, 2020:
Artist Submission fee has been waived and is $0 to submit.
Please be available all days, October 18-20, 2020 as you may be asked to tech a day prior to your showcase.
If you or your artist is selected to showcase there will be an additional showcasing fee of $350 per act. This will only be charged once you confirm your showcase slot.
Deadline to submit is now Friday, June 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
New Juried Showcase Location Added!
We are thrilled to announce that OAPN has added an additional Juried Showcase location in the beautiful Playhouse Square District in Downtown Cleveland. Here we will hold our dance and appropriate solo, comedy, and various showcases. The Music Box Supper Club will hold all other Juried Showcases.
About the Westfield Studio Theatre:
1375 EUCLID AVENUE CLEVELAND, OHIO 44103
Located inside the Idea Center at Playhouse Square, the Westfield Studio Theatre is on the building’s main level. This black box theater seats 150. Accessible seating is available. Restrooms (including accessible restrooms) are located in the building’s main lobby.
Coming Soon: OAPN will release its full 2020 Schedule where you can find shuttle details including transportation pick up and drop off times and locations.
OAPN Conference October 18-20, 2020
The Ohio Arts Professionals Network 2020 Conference will take place in Cleveland, OH on October 18-20. The beautiful Music Box Supper Club and Aloft Hotels will host this years conference. Exhibition Hall will take place at Aloft Hotels and all Juried Showcases will be held at the Music Box Supper Club.
Artist Submissions will open in March, 2020
Registration will open in April, 2020
The deadline to reserve your room at the $129 per night room rate is September 18, 2020.
Reserve your room TODAY through Aloft Hotels, visit: https://bit.ly/2ssYYVI
Music Box Supper Club: 1148 Main Avenue. Cleveland, OH 44113
Aloft Hotels: 1111 W 10th St, Cleveland, OH 44113
The Ohio Arts Professionals Network (OAPN) is thrilled to announce that Erin Cameron Miller, general manager of Cain Park, and Janet Herman Barlow, director of the Stocker Arts Center, have been named 2020 OAPN Conference Co-Chairs.
Erin and Janet both have a deep commitment to OAPN, experience with past conferences, and will work closely with the OAPN board members to prepare for 2020 in Cleveland.
About Erin: Erin Cameron Miller has worked for many professional theaters throughout Cleveland and New York and toured with David Copperfield as his Production Stage Manager. She served as the Production Manager for IPAY (International Association of Performing Arts for Youth) at Playhouse Square in Cleveland. In 2004, after 10 years as Events Production Manager, Erin became the Cain Park General Manager for the City of Cleveland Heights.
About Janet: Janet Herman Barlow has worked for a variety of arts organizations in Ohio and has been involved with over 185 theatre productions since the third grade. She has been the Director of Stocker Arts Center/Lorain County Community College (LCCC) since September 2004. Prior to coming to LCCC, she served as the General Manager of Cain Park in Cleveland Heights; General Manager of Fairmount Theatre of the Deaf (Cleveland Signstage Theatre); Executive Director of the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield; and the Executive Director of the Showboat BECKY THATCHER Theatre in Marietta. She was co-chair of the Arts Midwest Conference in 2017 and served on several boards throughout Ohio, including the Board of Trustees of OAPN. Janet received both the Award of Merit for Exemplary Service to the Performing Arts Field and the Richard Lenhart Award of Excellence from OAPN.
OAPN 2020 Announced!
2020 OAPN Block Booking Conference
October 18-20, 2020
Hosted by The Music Box Supper Club & Aloft Hotels in Cleveland, Ohio
Exhibit Hall in the EY Lobby at Aloft Hotels
OAPN is thrilled to announce its 2020 conference location in Cleveland, OH! Guests will enjoy a beautiful lakefront view stay at the Aloft Hotels located on the East bank of the flats. Aloft Hotels will offer a FREE Transportation Shuttle to drive guests the 1 mile trip to and from the music venue and hotel. The Music Box Supper Club, located on the West bank of the flats, offers two stages, two bars, waterfront patio seating right on the Cuyahoga River, a rooftop deck and more. Don't miss your chance to explore the beauty of Cleveland, OH while networking, learning and benefiting from another Block Booking OAPN conference!
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OAPN Announces New Board Members
The Ohio Arts Professionals Network is pleased to announce eight new board members. Our new board members include a diverse range of Directors, an Emmy nominated journalist, Executive Directors and more.
Please join us in welcoming:
Anna Kelberg-Kim, Eric Gnezda, Margo Ohlson, Chris Parthemore, Colleen Miller, Sarah C Barr, Janet Herman Barlow and Violet Rae Webster
New Board Member Biographies:
Anna Kelberg-Kim is an entertainment lawyer and represents a diverse roster of clients in the music industry as well as literary artists, filmmakers, visual artists, performers and performing arts organizations. Anna combines business and legal knowledge of the industry to offer comprehensive representation to entertainment professionals on matters pertaining to Copyright and Trademark; Clearance and Licensing rights; Formation of Business Entity; and Contract Drafting, Review, and Negotiation.
Anna’s passion for helping people to build their careers in entertainment comes from her personal experiences as a musician and as being a parent of a music artist. Anna, classically trained violinist and pianist, grew up in an arts-rich environment - her family, professional music educators and music artists always stressed the importance and value of the arts as an integral part of their lives.
Anna believes that one of the keys to professional success is continuous learning and keeping current with industry trends. She is committed to the support of the community by serving as a committee member of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Anna served as a Vice Chair for 2018-2019 and, currently is a Chair for 2019-2020.
Eric Gnezda is creator and host of the Ohio-based national television series, Songs at the Center, seen on more than 320 PBS stations across America. An award-winning singer-songwriter himself, he is a regular performer at Nashville’s iconic venue, The Bluebird Café, and a recipient of the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, joining Michael Feinstein (American Songbook), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller).
Eric is an Emmy-nominated broadcast journalist and educator, having been a faculty member at Ohio Wesleyan University in public speaking and communication. He is a founding partner of the Ohio Songwriting Festival, a curator of regional songwriting concerts, and is frequently called upon to lead songwriting workshops around Ohio.
Margo Ohlson is the Director of E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall at The University of Akron with a decade of successful theatre management. Her strengths are ensuring the sustainability of the Theatre’s operations, programs, finances, and community support. She believes in the importance of collaborating with University staff and departments to effectively implement the objectives of the University’s goals and mission. As an APAP Leadership Fellowship recipient, she hopes to fuel a stronger performing arts industry through the work of an arts leader. In her spare time, Margo enjoys spending time with her family of three children, husband, and dog or a long slow jog through the metro parks.
Chris Parthemore is a native of Sandusky, Ohio and has a Bachelor of Education in Sport Management from Bowling Green State University. He is currently the Executive Director of the Sandusky State Theatre. Chris is a graduate of Leadership Erie County and a former board president of both North Coast Young Professionals and the Sandusky State Theatre. He has been in this role since 2017 and lives in Sandusky with his wife Julia and their daughter Emerson.
2020 marks Colleen Miller's 30th year as a promoter. Getting started at the gritty Chicago roadhouse Biddy Mulligan’s in 1990 was invaluable. Small club, big acts, Tito Puente, Gil Scott-Heron, Ohio Players. From there, Coronet Theatre, Bela Fleck, Flaco Jimenez, They Might Be Giants. Then Colleen spent 17 fabulous years at Old Town School of Folk Music, Joan Baez, Townes Van Zandt, Alejandro Escovedo. Colleen founded and ran Chicago Folk & Roots Festival 15 years, Wilco, Tinariwen, Patti Smith, attendance 30,000. In 2012, she programmed City Winery Chicago’s launch, which included Lindsey Buckingham, Mavis Staples, Rosanne Cash.
In 2014, Colleen and her husband opened the Music Box Supper Club, a 2 venue complex in Cleveland, 400 public events annually and an equal number of private events. Her main focus is programming, and… everything else. While the Music Box boast big names, we're most proud of the local talent we feature, and the community that's been created.
Sarah Barr is the Executive Director of Marysville Uptown Theatre the non-profit organization that owns and operates the Avalon Theatre in Marysville, Ohio. She is currently heading up a $3.2 million dollar capital campaign to transform the historic venue back into an Art Deco cultural arts center. After the construction, she will oversee the operations & programing of the Avalon.
Previously, Sarah has successfully raised $3.7 of a $3.5 million dollar capital campaign in Sidney, Ohio where they too are transforming the Historic Sidney Theatre into a venue in which to experience performing and cultural arts.
It is Sarah's mission to advocate for the arts and create new traditions and lasting memories through quality cultural arts activities. Sarah sees the value of the arts not only as an economic driving force but also as the unique thread that defines who we are as a community and the experiences we want for future generations.
Sarah shares her love of the arts with her husband Eric, daughter Elizabeth (Lizzie) and two fur babies Max & Bentley. In her free time, she creates pottery, paints and loves to entertain family and friends in her home.
Janet Herman Barlow has worked for a variety of arts organizations in Ohio, and has been involved with over 185 theatre productions since the third grade. She has been the Director of Stocker Arts Center/Lorain County Community College (LCCC) since September 2004.
Prior to coming to LCCC, she served as the General Manager of Cain Park in Cleveland Heights; General Manager of Fairmount Theatre of the Deaf (Cleveland Signstage Theatre); Executive Director of the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield; and the Executive Director of the Showboat BECKY THATCHER Theatre in Marietta. She was co-chair of the Arts Midwest Conference in 2017 and served on several boards throughout Ohio, including the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network (now the Ohio Arts Professionals Network - OAPN). Janet received both the Award of Merit for Exemplary Service to the Performing Arts Field and the Richard Lenhart Award of Excellence from OAPN.
In 2016, Violet Rae Webster joined the professional staff of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati as Sales Manager for TCT On Tour, the organization’s touring division. Her focus is booking that division into schools, libraries, performance venues and theatres throughout the tri-state and beyond to present live educational productions that explore historical events, celebrate cultural heritage and new takes on literary favorites.
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