What is Kollaboration?
Kollaboration New York is an annual talent competition show and movement entirely produced by Asian and Pacific Islander (API) professionals and students throughout the New York City area. We are proud to be part of the larger, nationwide Kollaboration movement which spans across twelve major cities across the US and Canada.
Our primary mission is “Empowerment through Entertainment,” and we are dedicated to providing API youth 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.
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, Kollaboration has grown from one annual show in Los Angeles to 15 sell-out concerts in 13 cities across North America, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington DC, San Francisco, Toronto and Boston. Each show traditionally features performing artists of all types, with musicians, vocalists, dancers, lyricists and more competing for a $1000 first place prize.
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.
Furthermore, 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), Poreotics (MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew) and others.