Frequently Asked Questions

Who attends the NPN Annual Conference?

The NPN Annual Conference is open to all, and we are excited to welcome almost 400 amazing artists, presenters, and colleagues from around the world!

  • NPN Partners, board members and staff

  • New Orleans host committee and colleagues

  • U.S. and international colleagues — arts presenters/producers, curators, cultural organizers, and funders

  • Artists

    • National artists who have previously received funding from NPN

    • New Orleans-based performing and visual artists


When should I arrive and depart?

The conference is December 10-13, 2019. We recommend you arrive by the afternoon of Tuesday, December 10 to take advantage of pre-conference cultural tours and networking activities, and depart on December 14 to take advantage of the closing night party on Friday, December 13!


What are the objectives of the Annual Conference?

  • Building and strengthening relationships

  • Expanding professional development

  • Connecting with what’s going on creatively around the country

  • Deepening the field’s knowledge of New Orleans culture


Tell me about the Annual Conference philosophy!

  • To build a community of learning and practicing toward a more just and equitable arts presenting field

  • To create an environment where artists and presenters can develop peer relationships, not power relationships

  • To share the practices of artists, arts presenters, and colleagues committed to racial and cultural justice

  • To activate new collaborations and partnerships

  • To create a platform for learning and sharing about the local community


What special events are included in the registration fee?

Your registration fee includes:

  • All conference sessions and events
  • A ticket to the Live & On Stage Performance (select which night you will attend)
  • Culture tours and/or workshops of your choice


What is the Cancellation Policy?

Cancellation requests must be received by Friday, November 1, 2019. No refund requests will be accepted after this date.
All registration cancellations prior to November 1, 2019 are subject to a $100.00 USD service fee. For cancellations or questions regarding the cancellation policy, please email
Should circumstances arise that result in the cancellation or postponement of the conference, NPN will issue a full refund for registration fees but is not responsible for any travel and/or other related costs incurred by conference attendees.  


How will we get around New Orleans?

NPN will provide transportation for events and cultural tours outside the immediate vicinity of the conference hotel. If you have questions or concerns about accessibility, please contact Brynn ( For navigating on your own, cabs, ride-sharing and bike-sharing are plentiful. As in all cities, use common sense, be aware of your surroundings and be intentional when walking, especially at night. We recommend walking in groups.


What is the conference hotel and how can I make reservations?

Our conference hotel is the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center and you can make your hotel reservation in the NPN block with the following link:



Should I plan to make my own hotel arrangements?

The answer is most likely yes! (While NPN staff make reservations for a small number of attendees, you would have heard from us directly if this were the case. If you’re unsure, you can always email Brynn at


What should I wear?

Wear what makes you feel good! Attendees wear everything from jeans and sneakers to heels. We don’t have many suit-wearers, but if that’s your game that’s great! Definitely bring a pair of comfortable shoes, as several activities will take you out and about in New Orleans. The weather in December is unpredictable, so an umbrella might come in handy.


This will be my first Annual Conference -- will I be the only one who doesn't know anyone?

Usually about 40% of attendees are new to the conference. Plan to attend the Newbie Orientation on Tuesday, December 10 (5:00pm) to help you navigate the activities and meet other newbies. The people who attend the Annual Conference are a pretty special bunch — you should feel comfortable introducing yourself to them. And remember: this conference is about networking!


Should I bring promotional materials?

We will have resource tables available and you are welcome to bring brochures or handouts. In many instances, large amounts of paper products are disposed of at the end of the meeting, so please consider this in quantity and your methods of disbursement. Digital media can also be a great way to share!


More questions?