The Association des Professionnels de l'Administration du Spectacle aims to become an umbrella organisation bringing together professionals from the fields of administration, production, distribution and communication, that work within companies and independent collectives in the live performance sector in order to think through and address the issues at the heart of these professions.
In France, since the 80s, careers in arts administration in the field of live performance have thrived alongside growing public policies in favour of contemporary creation. These jobs have enjoyed increasing professionalization and many new training courses have been introduced to meet the industry’s needs. Over the years, a number of difficulties have come up: heavy workloads, versatility required from the various positions combined with the necessity to hyper-specialize, loneliness in relationships with artists, jobs not properly recognized by the key actors in the sector, low pay, devaluation of these duties...
In response to these observations, the association was set up in September 2013 by and in partnership with a group of professionals in the hope of bringing them together, discussing current issues and suggesting ways in which to tackle them.
Annual membership is personal and individual. Thus LAPAS wishes to highlight and promote the experience that each and every one of its members has accrued over the years.
2018 in numbers for LAPAS:
-27 men, 76 women
-spread across 12 French regions and Europe
-working for over 350 companies-involved in the fields of: dance, theatre, circus, street art, puppetry, music.