Below you will find information on: nominations are now being accepted online for the Governor’s Arts Awards 2010, Independent Contractor versus Employee follow-up, 2008 Montana Nonprofit Wage & Benefit Survey Report, Sarbanes-Oxley and Nonprofits: Bogeyman in the Boardroom?, Arts Policy in the New Administration,
grants for projects in a variety of artistic fields, including architecture, design, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, visual arts, and related fields;
National Endowment for the Arts recently announced recipients of the first Creativity and Aging in America grants, challenges managers face dealing with different generations in the workplace, a New York Times article Arts Leaders Urge Role for Culture in Economic Recovery, two items from the Artful Manager blog, and Helena is looking for a new Shakespeare in the Parks coordinator.
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Beck McLaughlin Education & Web Services Director Montana Arts Council PO Box 202201 Helena, MT 59620-2201 406-444-6522 Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092
Nominations are now being accepted online for the Governor’s Arts Awards 2010. The Governor’s Arts Awards program honors outstanding citizens and organizations in Montana whose achievements in the arts benefit all Montanans. The governor presents the Governor’s Arts Awards through a partnership with the Montana Arts Council and the Montana Ambassadors. Anyone or any organization in Montana with commensurate accomplishments can be nominated.
This year, MAC has introduced an electronic process which begins at our website at http://www.art.mt.gov/about/about_govawards.asp. Nominations and support materials must be submitted by April 26, 2009.
For questions, please contact:
Montana Arts Council c/o
514 Winters Lane
Stevensville, MT 59870
Independent Contractor versus Employee follow-up:
(This is from MAC’s accountant Carleen Layne)
I have again met with Labor and Industry representatives and have a proposed exemption for nonprofits from workers compensation as shown below—the wording right now says that it’s for performing arts and humanities only, but I’ve had an email exchange with the attorney who agrees this should be changed to cover all arts organizations. A further agreed to amendment is to change the dollar amount of $600 to link it to the minimum wage, so it will go up as that does. Right now it appears that amount would be $675.
I was more hopeful before I got more of the facts about the issue, which as it turns out is a very complex issue and not only relates to state, but federal requirements, as well. I saw recently on the IRS website that this is going to be a hot audit topic for them as well.
(To read more see the attached Word document.)
2008 Montana Nonprofit Wage & Benefit Survey Report
At the end of 2007, MT Nonprofit Association commisioned the first ever Montana Nonprofit Wage and Benefit Survey. The Report, published in September 2008, provides specific salary and benefit data for 2,170 employees in 16 of the most common nonprofit position descriptions. MNA has copies of the 2008 Wage & Benefit Report for sale. The new IRS Form 990 requires an organization to have a policy in place for setting executive compensation. The MNA Report can help satisfy that requirement. You can download an order from our website. Learn more at http://www.mtnonprofit.org/wagebenefitssurvey.aspx
Sarbanes-Oxley and Nonprofits: Bogeyman in the Boardroom?
Board Cafe • By Jan Masaoka • January 17, 2009 •
Somehow, all the publicity about Sarbanes-Oxley made it seem as if this legislation applied to nonprofits, too. But contrary to what is frequently thought (and said in nonprofit boardrooms!), Sarbanes-Oxley is not applicable to nonprofits, albeit with just a couple of exceptions. In other words, there are a couple of small points to note (templates later in this article), a lot to relax about, and a lesson to be learned in nonprofit leadership. To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/288
From: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Arts Policy in the New Administration
Graham Foundation Supports Arts and Artists
http://www.grahamfoundation.org/foundation/grantguidelines.aspThe Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provides Production and Presentation Grants to individual artists and arts organizations. These grants support production-related expenses necessary to bring projects from conceptualization to presentation in the public realm. Individual grants normally do not exceed $20,000; organizational grants generally do not exceed $30,000. Individuals are also eligible to apply for Research and Development Grants, which provide awards of up to $10,000 in support of projects early in their formation. Grants are provided for projects in a variety of artistic fields, including architecture, design, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, visual arts, and related fields. The 2009 deadline for organizational applications is February 25, 2009. Application information for individuals will be available online in July 2009 with a September 15, 2009 deadline. Visit the Foundation’s website for additional information and to submit the online inquiry form.
The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced recipients of the first Creativity and Aging in America grants. Fourteen projects were funded out of 55 applicants, for a total of $330,000. The new program supports projects that involve older Americans as creators through literature and music, and that promote lifelong learning in the arts. Projects were funded in cities around the country.
Zap The Gap – Part 3 “Go ahead and fire me … I wanted to go to a party tonight anyway!” Dealing with the New Millennial Generation
By Larry Johnson, CSP and Meagan Johnson, CSP
In the last two issues of this e-zine, we’ve discussed some of the challenges managers face dealing with different generations in the workplace. In the first article, Zap the Gap, Part 1, we covered the concept of signposts that drive generational behavior and we described how to work with more effectively with the Traditional Generation who came of age during the Great Depression. In Zap The Gap, Part 2 we addressed dealing with the Baby Boomer Generation (born between 1946 and 1964) and Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980.) If you missed these articles, and would like to read them, go to http://larry-johnson.com/free-articles.shtml and click on the two Zap the Gap articles listed there. (For the rest of this article see Word doc Zap the Gap 3 – Beck)
ARTS January 26, 2009 The New York TimesArts Leaders Urge Role for Culture in Economic Recovery By ROBIN POGREBIN As the Obama administration tackles the challenge of shoring up the economy, cultural leaders are urging the president not to forget arts institutions.
THE ARTFUL MANAGER WEEKLY SUMMARY FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009 a weblog on the business of arts & culture by Andrew Taylor, email@example.com
At the Arts Presenters conference in New York a few weeks back, there were several formal sessions and lots of informal conversation about knowledge sharing between generations. In all, it was clear that knowledge and insight flowed both ways.
Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2009
THE SENTINAL EVENT…
One of the key requirements for learning in any complex endeavor is time for focused reflection following action. Looking back on goals, choices, actions, and perceptions, and comparing them to actual outcomes is the one best way to become more effective over time. But where can we do this in the arts?
Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2009
Helena is looking for a new Shakespeare in the Parks coordinator. See attached letter.