Welcome to the 2020 APA Conference!

We've designed this year's program to give attendees MORE of what they want. MORE time for Publishers to conduct business, MORE sessions that answer day-to-day questions and concerns, MORE conversations about diversity, and MORE chances for Producers and Voice Talent to connect.

NEW for Publisher Attendees: If you plan to participate in Speed Dating and/or Meet the Producers, please register for the PRODUCTION TRACK and select these sessions.

If you plan to attend for the afternoon only (business meetings, keynote, and membership meeting) please register for the BUSINESS TRACK. Note that check-in opens for the BUSINESS TRACK at 1:30pm.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, May 27, at the Javits Center (429 11th Ave, NY, NY 10001)!

This is the selection for anyone attending the full day

Early Fees: Members: $275 | Non-Members: $375
Standard Fees: Members: $375 | Non-Members: $475
Early registration discount ends on March 12

Voice Talent Registration

Producer and Casting Director Registration

Cancellation Policy

This half-day ticket includes access to business meetings, keynote address, and membership meeting

Early Fees: Members: $100 | Non-Members: $200
Standard Fees: Members: $200 | Non-Members: $300
Early registration discount ends on March 12

Business Track Registration

Cancellation Policy

2020 Conference Schedule and Details

If after registering for APAC you do not receive a confirmation via email, please email info@audiopub.org.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

8:30 AM: PRODUCTION TRACK CHECK-IN OPENS (Speed Dating Participants Only)

9:00 – 10:30 AM: SPEED DATING
Voice Talent, Casting Directors, and Producers meet in short, one-on-one conversations. This session has limited availability for Voice Talent. To be considered please review the full criteria, and then select this session when you complete your APAC registration. Producers and Casting Directors should also select this session when registering. Chair: Julie Wilson, Penguin Random House Audio.

APA Membership Ambassadors meet and greet APA Voice Talent members who have joined in the past year. A great opportunity to make connections to new and veteran members alike. By invitation only.


10:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Meet the Producers (6 sessions, 12 minutes each)
Formerly called Director Diagnostics, Meet the Producers is an opportunity for Voice Talent to meet with and be evaluated by Casting Directors and Producers. To be considered, please review the full criteria, then select this session when you complete your APAC registration. Producers and Casting Directors should also select this session when registering. Chair: Laura Jennings.

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Ask an Expert (round-table small-group discussions)
Get answers to everything you’ve wanted to know but weren’t sure who to ask! Choose from among 20 experts addressing your questions on a variety of topics including networking, the SAG-AFTRA union (not rates), sex scenes and intimacy, marketing, vocal health, reviews and awards, technical best practices, and much more. Experts include: Elise Arsenault, Steve Campbell, Matthew Lloyd Davies, Jessica Escalona, Richard Ferrone, Anne Flosnik, Paul Heitsch, Khristine Hvam, Michael Kinsey, Richard Larkin, Erin Mallon, Justin Marra, Jayme Mattler, Melissa Moran, Rochelle O'Gorman, Shannon Parks, Xe Sands, Siiri Scott, Patrick Smith, Suzanne Toren, Judith West, Robin Whitten, Karen White, Elizabeth Wiley, and Nancy Wu.

12:15 – 1:30 PM Lunch, sponsored by OverDrive

1:30 – 2:30 PM - Breaking In: How to Establish Yourself with Publishers in Today’s Industry (panel)
Tips and tools for emerging narrators on how to make a great first impression with publishers and market yourself in a way that fosters fruitful relationships in mainstream publishing, from narrators who recently found success and understand the struggles new narrators face today. Panelists: James Anderson Foster, Joe Hempel, Emily Lawrence, and Nancy Peterson, with Leon Nixon as moderator.

1:30 – 2:30 PM: Making the Most of Networking (Master Class)
Seasoned Voice Talent will learn winning secrets to make an impression, build lasting relationships with publishers and producers, and create the career you want. Participants will work in small groups to hone skills in effective networking philosophy and practice as demonstrated by producer Amy Rubinate (Mosaic Audio) and award-winning narrator Ronnie Butler who can provide both the Voice Talent and Producer/Publisher perspectives on networking. A practical workshop for capitalizing on in-person meetings, with proven strategies for follow-up.

** there will be no conference admission for the business track before 1:30pm**

2:00 – 3:45 PM
: Business Meetings (pre-reserved meeting spaces)
Space has been set aside to conduct business meetings at pre-reserved tables, exclusive for this purpose. Business Track attendees will have the opportunity to conduct business at APAC on a customized and prearranged basis. Those who select this option during registration will be given a reserved table and will have the ability to set up their own meeting schedule. The ultimate networking opportunity!
Each interested attendee may reserve one table in this space for their company's exclusive use. If more than one person from a company reserves a table, these reservations will likely be combined.

2:30 – 3:45 PM: Inclusive Voices
What does inclusion in audio look like? Let’s dive into the topic in a safe and open environment. Bring a learner’s curiosity and a child’s openness to play, and we’ll engage, educate, and stimulate ideas on how to include all voices in the audiobook industry. Learn about varying comfort levels with sharing different types of identifiers, the absence (or prevalence) of inclusion in our industry and lives, the challenges of facing the facts, and what we can do to improve. Facilitators include Deepti Gupta, Teri Linden, and Jocqueline Protho.

2:30 – 3:45 PM: The Professional Ear (formerly Listeners Lounge)
The traditional Listeners Lounge is now an active, engaging learning experience focused on technique and demonstrating the building blocks of great storytelling. Three or four Voice Talent members will take turns at a 2-minute live narration, followed directorial coaching from three director/producers exploring script interpretation and ways to elevate the text. Includes time for audience Q&A at the end, with an MC to guide the discussion. Featuring Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Vikas Adam, Lisa Cahn, Inés del Castillo, Nick Martorelli, and Jayme Mattler.

2:30 – 3:45 PM: Basics for Publishers
As the popularity of the audiobook format grows there are more and more opportunities for publishers. This panel discussion with audio experts will give you an insight into the audio industry and publishing process with experts sharing tips and personal insights! Whether you are brand new to the world of audiobooks or are just interested in hearing from those in the know this panel will give you the tools to better navigate this exciting space!

4:00 - 5:00 PM: Business Diagnostics (private and semi-private conversations)
Business Diagnostics gives Voice Talent the opportunity to receive personalized help with their businesses (not vocal skills) from expert Voice Talent and Coaches. Topics include starting or maintaining a business, branding, marketing, networking, and recommended next steps. Experts may meet with Voice Talent in small groups. To be considered, please review the full criteria, then select this session when you complete your APAC registration. Experts include Scott Brick, Karen Commins, Tanya Eby, Jeffrey Kafer, Sean Allen Pratt, and Teri Schnaubelt.

4:00 - 5:00 PM: Improving Quality of Life: Narrator GPS Goals (Interactive Master Class)
Creating Goals, Policies & Systems (GPS) to Go from Here to There. Take a pause from working IN your business to work ON your business. Let narrator-producer Andi Arndt help you set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals and connect those goals to action steps and systems that support and track your business and quality of life. We’ll go through the process with an audience member’s real goal – brainstorming all of the research and actions and systems related to one SMART goal, and then putting the steps in order and setting a timeline for achievement. Panelists include Andi Arndt, Suzanne Barbetta, and Susan Eiden.

4:00 - 5:15 PM: APA Member Meeting and Keynote Address
Member Meeting
APA President Ana Maria Allessi shares an update on the state of the association, and voting members (publishers) elect Directors to the 2020-2022 term on the Board.

Keynote Address by Skot Welch

Skot is recognized as a leader in utilizing the principles of global quality standards for the development and implementation of sustainable, systematic and measurable diversity initiatives. He has worked in the area of Diversity Management for nearly 20 years and his sought-after in-depth knowledge of organizational diversity management systems development brings together and maximizes the perfect blend of people and process.

5:00 - 6:30 PM: Networking Reception, sponsored by Hoopla