Below you will find information on our new arts education advocacy DVD, Serve-America Act and arts non-profits, NASAA has updated information on additional sources of funding through ARRA, a Western States Roundtable discussion that Arni participates in, Partners in Performance grants, Paul G. Allen Foundation grants, grants for US film festivals, support for college performing arts projects, World Digital Library to Launched April 21, 2009, MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Grants, 2009 Save America’s Treasures grants, VSA arts International Conference Call for Presenters, Montana Communities Encouraged to Apply for Neighborhood Stabilization Program Funds, Board Café: A Board Leads an Organization Out of the Ashes, one item from the Artful Manager blog, and two items from Nonprofit Online News.
The Montana Arts Council has produced a new arts education advocacy tool called “There is More: Supporting Arts Education in our Schools.” It is a free 16-minute presentation which was designed to help arts educators and advocates clarify the importance of arts education in our schools – how it impacts our children, our cultural heritage, and our communities. Images highlighting Montana arts organizations, artists, students and teachers make this a project that reflects Montana values and priorities while also providing solid statistical arts education research that is nationally recognized and respected.
More information and a streaming video are available on our website at http://art.mt.gov/resources/resources_supportae.asp.
National Service and the Arts
On March 31st, Congress sent the Edward M. Kennedy Serve-America Act to President Obama for his signature. With the passage of this bill, national service, which has not been re-authorized since 1993, will see the greatest expansion in programs since President John F. Kennedy first issued a call to serve over 50 years ago. The Serve-America Act will more than triple the number of volunteers serving in this country from 75,000 to 250,000 and will establish four new service corps: a Clean Energy Corps to increase energy efficiency and conversation, an Education Corps to help increase student engagement, achievement and graduation, a Healthy Futures Corps to help improve health care access, and a Veterans Service Corps to enhance services for veterans.
Of note to the performing arts field is a statement in the legislation that provides the opportunity for the new Education Corps to carry out activities such as “providing skilled musicians and artists to promote greater community unity through the use of music and arts education and engagement through work in low-income communities, and education, healthcare, and therapeutic settings, and other work in the public domain with citizens of all ages.”
In addition, the Serve-America Act establishes several new programs for nonprofit organizations. These include the creation of:
1. A Volunteer-Generation Fund to award grants to help nonprofit organizations recruit and manage more volunteers.
2. A network of Community Solutions Funds to award venture capital funds to help the nonprofit sector develop and implement innovative solutions to our national challenges.
3. A Commission to study and improve how the federal government, nonprofits and the private sector work together to meet national challenges effectively.
The Performing Arts Alliance is paying close attention as the bill is implemented to weigh in on policies regarding how musicians and artists will be engaged in the Education Corps. For more information, please contact Townley Clardy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-207-3850.
NASAA has just updated its information on sources of additional funding opportunities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The new edition of “Arts Opportunities in the Economic Stimulus Package” includes more details about grant categories and funding for which state arts agencies and nonprofit arts organizations may be eligible to apply.
WESTERN STATES ARTS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
http://www.westaf.org/blog/archives/2009/04/western_states.php The Directors of the State Arts Agencies in Washington, Montana and Arizona sit down with Anthony Radich of Westaf and me for a Roundtable discussion of the impact of the economic crisis in their states, what is being done, and on the role of the NEA for the future.Join Kris Tucker, Arni Fishbaugh, Bob Booker and Anthony Radich for a insightful exploration of what is happening to the arts & culture sector amid the current crisis.
Partners in Performance – Applications for PIP program deadline June 1, 2009
Bring great chamber music to your community! Application forms and eligibility guidelines for the 2010/2011 Partners in Performance program are available for download from www.pipmusic.org. The deadline for submission has been extended to June 1, 2009. Partners in Performance provides two concerts for the benefit of the chosen presenting organization, whose financial obligation consists of a token administrative fee paid to PiP—drastically less than an artist’s usual fee. The two concerts will take place within consecutive concert seasons: the first, a recital by a high-profile artist such as Midori; the second concert to be a solo or duo recital by a rising young artist with a local connection. The presenter keeps all proceeds from ticket sales, to be used at its discretion to fund future classical music projects or programs.
Questions may be addressed to:Kelly GehrsProjects DirectorPartners in PerformanceEmail: email@example.com
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Funds for Pacific Northwest Arts Organizations and Libraries
Paul G. Allen Family Foundation The mission of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is to transform lives and strengthen communities by fostering innovation, creating knowledge, and promoting social progress. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations located in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington). The Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry in the following selected grant categories: In response to the new economic landscape, the Foundation’s grantmaking in the Arts and Culture Program is focused on efforts that help arts organizations strengthen their financial performance. Through the Community Development and Social Change Program, the Foundation supports projects that help public libraries and library systems engage and serve diverse populations and growing communities. Letters of inquiry must be submitted by May 22, 2009. Visit the Foundation’s website for online application instructions.
Grants Enhance U.S. Film Festivals
Grants Enhance U.S. Film Festivals
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Festival Grants ProgramThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Festival Grants Program provides grants of up to $30,000 to a wide variety of film festivals based in the United States. Grant recipients include major international film festivals, independent and alternative festivals, and those that support social and cultural diversity. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, give screening access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and bring the public into contact with filmmakers. Grants are available only to festivals that have been held on at least five occasions over at least five years. Applications must be received by July 1, 2009. Grant range information and application guidelines are available on the Academy’s website.
Support for College Performing Arts Projects
Association of Performing Arts Presenters: Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program The purpose of the Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, administered by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, is to support cross-campus interdisciplinary collaborations that integrate the work of performing arts presenters in the academy and the surrounding community. In 2010, Arts Presenters will award between eight and ten one- to two-year project grants, ranging from $100,000 to $200,000, to college and university presenters for projects that go beyond conventional practice and perspectives, feature innovative or experimental approaches, connect with arts and non-arts constituencies, and stimulate discussion and debate. Funded projects should incorporate a variety of campus-based activities that integrate the work of presenters into the life of the academy and the community by working collectively with other college and community partners to maximize resources in the performing arts. The application deadline is June 30, 2009. Program details and online application information are available on the Association of Performing Arts Presenters website.
The Obama administration has hired actor Kal Penn as a liaison between President Obama’s administration and arts groups. (See attachment to read more.)
World Digital Library to Launch April 21, 2009
The World Digital Library, a joint project of The Library of Congress, UNESCO, and national libraries worldwide, is scheduled to launch on April 21 after a four year planning process. The library “will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials.” The project, underwritten by Google, represents not only a technological achievement but also a groundbreaking level of international cooperation and coordination. The goals of the World Digital Library are “to promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, provide resources to educators, expand non-English and non-Western content on the Internet, and to contribute to scholarly research.”
MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Grants
The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and MetLife Foundation have announced the renewal of the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. In 2009, the project will award grants of up to $20,000 to support exemplary arts education partnerships during the 2009-20010 school year.
MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Grants are designed to support exemplary partnerships which
demonstrate best practices in creating and sustaining effective collaborations;
serve large numbers of public school students;
provide sound arts education experiences;
prioritize student learning and achievement; and
address national, state, and/or local arts education standards.
Grant applications and guidelines are available at http://www.nationalguild.org/programs/partners.htm .
The application deadline is May 23, 2008.
For more information, contact:Ms. Jay SamiosProgram ManagerNational Guild of Community Schools of the Arts(212) 268-3337 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
2009 Save America’s Treasures Applications Due May 22
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the National
Park Service are seeking applicants for the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) 2009 grant program. Grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and historic structures and sites. To be considered for an SAT competitive grant, the collection or historic property benefiting from the funding must be nationally significant and meet the selection criteria. The deadline for applications is May 22, 2009. http://www.saveamericastreasures.org/funding.htm
VSA arts International Conference
Call for Presenters
Submission Deadline: May 29, 2009
VSA arts recognizes the arts as vital to all three: creativity as inclusive practice, arts learning as fundamental to everyone’s education, and the arts as a viable career path for people with disabilities. VSA arts International Conference will address advancing inclusive education and 21st-century learning skills through the arts including a career development forum for artists with disabilities, which will take place at the downtown Grand Hyatt Washington, June 10–12. For more information: http://www.vsarts.org/PreBuilt/showcase/gallery/exhibits/Calls/Int_Conference/index.html
Montana Communities Encouraged to Apply for Neighborhood Stabilization Program Funds
Web Workshops Available for Applicants
(HELENA) – Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds are now available to eligible Montana communities in need of funds to address foreclosed properties. Communities in 24 Montana counties and all tribal reservations are eligible and encouraged to apply for the $19.6 million in NSP grants made available to the Montana Department of Commerce through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Montana’s NSP is part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act signed into law on July 30, 2008. The Montana Department of Commerce will be hosting a series of free webinar workshops to walk applicants through the application process.
NSP funds can be used to assist Montana communities in purchasing and redeveloping foreclosed properties within areas of high need. HUD has identified 24 counties and seven Indian Reservations as Montana’s Areas of Greatest Need. Montana counties, cities, towns, and Indian tribes located in an Area of Greatest Need will be eligible to apply for NSP funds. Montana’s Areas of Greatest Need are as follows:
Montana’s Areas of Greatest Need as defined by HUD: Counties:
Anaconda-Deer Lodge, Big Horn, Broadwater, Butte-Silver Bow, Cascade, Custer, Flathead, Gallatin, Glacier, Golden Valley, Lake, Lewis & Clark, Lincoln, Meagher, Mineral, Missoula, Petroleum, Pondera, Powell, Ravalli, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sanders, Yellowstone.
Blackfeet, Crow, Flathead, Northern Cheyenne, Fort Belknap, Fort Peck, Rocky Boy.
HUD has identified five eligible activities that NSP funds can be used for. These eligible activities are as follows:
Montana NSP Eligible Activities:
* Establish financing mechanisms for purchase and redevelopment of foreclosed or abandoned homes.
* Purchase and rehab foreclosed or abandoned properties.
* Establish land banks for foreclosed properties.
* Demolish blighted structures.
* Redevelop demolished or vacant properties
The Montana Department of Commerce will host two webinar workshops to provide technical assistance to NSP applicants. The webinar workshops are free and open to the public. Only a phone and computer are needed to participate.
April & May 2009 NSP Application Webinar Workshops: (Thursday, April 16 – passed)
Thursday, May 7
* 9:00-11:00 a.m.
* 1:00-3:00 p.m.
To access the NSP application webinar workshops or for more information on NSP contact Jennifer Olson at 406-841-2773 or visit http://comdev.mt.gov/CDD_CDBG_NSP.asp
A Board Leads an Organization Out of the Ashes
Board Cafe • By Tom Siino • April 15, 2009
Perhaps the least-appreciated aspect of nonprofit boards is their role as a safety net. Even boards that don’t seem to be doing much, or that may even have contributed to deep problems, rise up and do heroic work to fix things. Here is a First Person Nonprofit story from a board chair about such a breakthrough — how an organization walked to the precipice of bankruptcy and then walked away.
Tom Siino, long-time board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the East Bay:
“Three years ago our financial troubles started when we lost our executive director. Then we made a couple of false steps in hiring a replacement. At one point we were down in the ashes with one staff person and a lot of debt. Our budget had gone from $700,000 to $75,000. Now … To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/319
THE ARTFUL MANAGER WEEKLY SUMMARY a weblog on the business of arts & culture by Andrew Taylor, email@example.com
FROM SEARCH TO SOCIAL…
What does it mean to our web sites and our on-line strategy, when Facebook is becoming the new window to the digital world, rather than Google?
Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Nonprofit Online News: http://news.gilbert.org/
+ Finance Fear Factor Ratios
Steve Zimmerman’s recent article for Blue Avocado is entitled Finance Fear Factor Ratios. (I think that’s a reference to a TV show, though I’m sure I’m displaying my terrible pop-culture ignorance here.) Basically what he covers is four numbers that nonprofit leaders could benefit from understanding and which would help them manage risk: (1) the ratio between cash on hand and the total outlay for one payroll cycle, (2) the ratio between this month’s payables and last month’s, (3) the ratio between this year’s revenue and last year’s, and (4) the ratio between cash on hand plus receivables and outstanding obligations to funders.
+ How to Quickly Build Your Email List
The only thing I’m less likely to link to than an article entitled How to Quickly Build Your Email List would be an article entitled “Seven Free Ways to Quickly Build Your Email List” and yet here I am linking to it. The author of the article, Ken Mahar, is the CEO of a company called Email Broadcast, which also just makes me want to cringe. (Sorry Ken.) But I now I could learn a few things from his advice: (1) Just start with what you have, right now. (2) Consider all the points of contact you have and use the best ones to consistently collect email info. (3) Get your people on board. Measure and recognize good performance. (4) Always ask permission before adding anyone to your list, and give it a cool name. (5) Disregard temptation of list buying as fools-gold. (6) Deliver great content and your list will grow virally. (7) Collect more than just an email address so you can make content relevant.