APAM champions contemporary Australian performance nationally and internationally by deepening relationships and stimulating new markets and pathways through exchange, reciprocity, and hospitality.
APAM is a strategic initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts. It is designed to showcase Australian and New Zealand contemporary dance, theatre, emerging and experimental arts nationally and internationally. APAM has operated for 24 years as a biennial market event in Canberra (1994-1998), Adelaide (1998-2012), and Brisbane (2014-2018). For 2020-2024, APAM is delivered by Creative Victoria and has evolved to reflect the increasingly connected, sophisticated and established Australian and New Zealand performing arts sector.
The key functions of APAM are:
+ An APAM Office, open year-round to facilitate visitors to Australia
Based in Melbourne with a national remit, a small, dedicated staff of advocates is ready to welcome, host and connect international artists, presenters, and partners with contemporary Australian performance.
+ Hosting 1–2 annual APAM Gatherings at established festivals around Australia
Gatherings replace the previous biennial market events, increasing the number of APAM events and the diversity of contexts in which to visit performing arts communities around the country.
+ Market intelligence for contemporary Australian performance
APAM will serve as an Australian-based hub of market intelligence that will benefit contemporary Australian performance and its advocates internationally.
For more information, and to read frequently asked questions about how APAM can service you and your work, read the APAM Program Overview.
If you’re planning to visit Australia – whether for an APAM Gathering or at another time of the year – email us and we can connect you with a diverse range of companies and artists across Australia. Consider APAM your performing arts industry Visitor’s Desk.