COVID-19 and APP Conference

 
APP Conference 2020 COVID-19 Update
April 30, 2020, 2:00pm PDT
25th Annual APP Conference
July 5-10, 2020

After a long and complicated process, the APP has successfully come to an agreement whereby we will not be penalized the $200,000+ for cancelling the 2020 Conference.

We have felt strongly that cancelling this year's conference is the very best action for our association, our attendees, and for the industry, worldwide. Piercers, studio owners, jewelry/counter specialists, and manufacturers face numerous challenges from the impact of this health crisis. Not only is this in the interest of health and safety, but this will also allow all of us to focus on business and family at home and to make sure we are opening under safe protocols.

We will miss all of you and the positive energy we all get from our Annual Conference and Exposition. We appreciate that you have remained steadfast in face of uncertainty.

Attendees
  • The APP has sent an email to those who have registered for the 2020 Conference. If you need a refund now, or did not receive the email - we ask that you complete this very brief form to request the refund (in full or in part).
  • If you do not request a refund by May 15th - we will roll over your payment to next year. Attendees who rollover their fees will need to register next year but will use a code to apply their credits at the time they register. If you rollover your registration fees, at any time between now and next year, May 1, 2021, you may request a full refund without penalty.
  • The annual Conference is the primary source of income for the Association. Should you be financially able to contribute any part of your fees towards this year’s APP operating expenses, we would greatly appreciate it. Please use the same form to designate your contribution amount.

Vendors
  • The APP has sent an email to vendors who have registered for the 2020 Conference. If you need a refund - we ask that you respond to the email and request the refund (in full or in part). If you didn’t receive the email, please contact the office at info@safepiercing.org
  • If you do not respond to this email by May 15th - we will roll over your payment to next year. Vendors who rollover their fees will need to register next year but will use a code to apply their credits at the time they register.  If you do a rollover, and at any time between now and next year, May 1st of 2021, decide you need a refund, the APP will honor that.
  • For those companies who contributed to the Al D. Scholarship fund we ask that if you are able, to leave those funds with the APP. The APP has informed the scholars that their scholarships will rollover to next year. These scholars will fill our slots - if all scholars are able to make it next year - we will not take on additional scholars for 2021.
  • The annual Conference is the primary source of income for the association. Should you be financially able to contribute a portion of your fees for this year to the APP, we would greatly appreciate it.
Regardless of your decision - know that we are all a part of a really awesome community and we will get through this.

Hotel Room Block
Planet Hollywood will automatically cancel any room reservation booked in the Association’s room block, which will trigger the refund of any deposit/payment. It will usually take 7-10 business days before you see the credit in your account. You will get an email confirmation from Planet Hollywood. 

2020 APP Members’ Retreat / Camp APP & In-Person Meetings
In addition, we have cancelled the 2020 APP Members’ Retreat / Camp APP and all in-person APP gatherings including board meetings and committee workgroup meetings. For questions regarding Camp cancellation, please contact Marina at mpecorino@safepiercing.org.

Please stay healthy and financially well as the world moves forward through this crisis.  
We look forward to seeing you June 6-11, 2021 at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas for Conference and the APP Members’ Retreat in 2021! 
The next scheduled APP in-person events:

2021 —
  • Annual Conference & Exposition — Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas — June 6 - 11.
  • APP Members’ Retreat — Atlanta, Georgia — Dates to be determined.
2022 —
  • Annual Conference & Exposition — Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas — June 12 - 17.
  • APP Members’ Retreat — Atlanta, Georgia — Dates to be determined.
2023 —
  • Annual Conference & Exposition — Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas — June 11 - 16.
  • APP Members’ Retreat — Atlanta, Georgia — Dates to be determined.
2024 —
  • Annual Conference & Exposition — Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas — June 23 - 28.
  • APP Members’ Retreat — Atlanta, Georgia — Dates to be determined.
2025 —
  • Annual Conference & Exposition — Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas — June 22 - 27.
  • APP Members’ Retreat — Atlanta, Georgia — Dates to be determined.