In 2013, LAPD founder, John Malpede, received the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

The Doris Duke Artist Awards invest in exemplary individual artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theatre and related interdisciplinary work who have proven their artistic vitality and commitment to their field. Launched in 2011, the Awards program honors individual artists in contemporary dance, theatre, jazz and related interdisciplinary work.  John was one of 20 jazz, theater and dance artists in the nation to receive the award.  The only other Los Angeles based artist was jazz musician Billy Childs.