Atlanta Ballet Receives $1 Million Towards Outreach Programs

The Atlanta Ballet receives major funding to support its nationally renowned arts education and outreach programs. The Molly Blank Fund of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation awarded Atlanta Ballet a $750,000 three-year grant to support all activities within the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, including scholarship support, dance classes and community programs. Additionally, Read More …

What does a great plate of charcuterie have to do with the arts?

Recently my wife and I ordered a charcuterie plate a local restaurant; we love charcuterie and often begin meals with an order, taking our time to savor the flavors as we enjoy a wonderful glass of wine. We even fancy ourselves connoisseurs of these delicious meats, often served with toasted bread, mustards, fruit spreads. It’s Read More …

Why Arts Education cannot function without Art

So often we hear that donors will fund “arts education “or “outreach”, because those important components touch the lives of children, often economically disadvantaged youth.  And it’s true – these programs should be essential to the mission of any non-profit arts organization. But how often do we hear the contrary position: donors do not want Read More …

What is sustainability? A huge Illusion

So often non-profits hear from institutional funders that they want the organizations they support to magically reach what they call “sustainability”. I’ve been in the non-profit performing arts world for over thirty years and I have no idea what sustainability means. I believe that what our well-meaning funders really mean by “sustainability “ is, “Please Read More …

The Voice of the Performing Arts is now heard nationally

The Voice of the Performing Arts, a weekly radio show hosted by WICR/ 88.7 FM on the campus of the University of Indianapolis, announces that it has been accepted by iTunes for Podcasts. The Voice of the Performing Arts focuses on arts education, advocacy and the enduring value of the arts to society by interviewing Read More …

How the Arts made the GDP Sexy?

Well in case you have not heard, the Bureau of Economic Analysis within the United States Department of Commerce has released a major study which for the first time provides an analysis of the Arts and Cultural Sector’s contribution to our Gross Domestic Product. And the results are amazing. In 2012 the arts and cultural Read More …

Why do organizations poke the funder in the eye?

It happens all the time. You apply for a grant; you include lofty language about how amazing your organization is, you include data that demonstrates your impact and even testimonials from satisfied customers. Then your organization is awarded the grant. And after the celebrations end, you make a series of blunders. You stop communicating with Read More …

The important lessons my mom taught me about Fund Raising

Did my mom know that by teaching me important life lessons, she was also teaching me how to be a successful executive and fund raiser? I’m not sure, but I do know that manners were very important to her. Let’s begin with the most important words I was taught. Please And Thank you Although simple, Read More …

Don’t use a dart board to balance a budget

Too often the battle cry of community leaders to executives of arts organizations is “cut the budget”, “reduce the expenses”, “and eliminate the fat”. Well, truth be told, most arts organizations, regardless of size, just don’t have any fat to trim. They are operating as lean, effective, productive organizations. Sure, there are some that pay Read More …

Are we really in the customer service business? I thought I worked in the arts.

Why is it that so many non- profits, especially performing and visual arts organizations, create arcane rules that frustrate the experience for the customer? No – you cannot exchange your ticket! No – you cannot bring your drink into the theatre. No – our museum is not open after 5pm! Now, once the performance begins, Read More …