What is Kollaboration?

Kollaboration is a performing arts organization with an annual showcase produced by a diverse group of students and working professionals. We are a nationwide movement which spans across fourteen major metropolitan cities across the US and Canada.

Our primary mission is “Empowerment through Entertainment,” and we are dedicated to providing Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) with a creative outlet to showcase their talents on stage. By hosting shows across the nation, Kollaboration seeks to gather diverse Asian American talent and bring their presence into mainstream media and the entertainment industry.

Brief History

Launched in 2000 by Executive Director Paul “PK” Kim, Kollaboration has since become incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (January 2006). Under the guidance of Executive Producer Roy Choi, the Kollaboration Showcase has grown from one annual show in Los Angeles to 15 sell-out concerts in 14 cities across North America, including Los AngelesHoustonAtlantaChicago, Washington D.C., and Boston. Each show features performing artists of all types, with musicians, vocalists, dancers, lyricists competing for a chance to be part of the Kollaboration Star Show in LA. The organization is currently led by Global Director Minji Chang.

Since its inception, Kollaboration has had the honor of working with a dynamic network of esteemed individuals of the entertainment industry, such as John Legend (Singer, Grammy Award Winner), Teddy Zee (Producer, The Pursuit of Happiness, Hitch), John Cho (Actor, Star Trek, Harold & Kumar), Tom Anderson (Founder of MySpace), Ken Mok (Executive Producer, America’s Next Top Model), Joseph Kahn (Music Video Director, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, U2, Backstreet Boys), Drunken Tiger (Rapper group, Korean Hip Hop) and more.

Kollaboration has headlined a number of celebrity performers including Far*East Movement (#1 Billboard Top 100 Singer, ‘Like a G6’), BoA (Singer, Korean Pop Star), Ed Cho (Comedian), KABA Modern (MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew), Quest Crew (MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew), David Choi, Kina Grannis (MTV O Music Awards) and others.

Then what’s Kollaboration New York?

Kollaboration New York is the second largest chapter of Kollaboration run purely by volunteers. Our chapter was founded in 2002 and is currently led by Executive Director Tanner Chung with 20 staff members. Since our early days as an annual showcase, we have expanded our activities to a wide variety of high production entertainment centric events including open mics, concerts, workshops, video and sound productions, and even speaking engagements. The organization has been featured in national publications like Huffington Post and NBC and even international publications like Sinovision.

We aim to develop and cultivate a community surrounding Asian American artists by giving them a platform through our events to hone their craft and collaborate with others. We believe that designing a creatively strong and supportive environment for these artists will ultimately give them the tools to further their own career. Kollaboration New York not only offers opportunities to be part of high quality and high visibility events but also provides connections in services in media and entertainment that would be otherwise hard to reach.

In 2014, the winner of our Showcase Sung Lee went on to the Kollaboration Star show to win a grand prize of $10,000 and has also won all rounds of the Amateur Night at the Apollo. On March 6, 2015, Sung will be represented the United States in the 2015 Bscene Grand Beatbox Battle in Switzerland.

Our newest project is to build a greater reach through digital media. If you’re interested in hearing more about this initiative please apply to be part of our digital team. We’re looking for writers, editors, graphic artists, videographers, and even web developers.

Curious who’s been running the New York branch?

Meet The Team