Below you will find information on the next Coming Up Taller Awards, the next Big Read application deadline, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’ Arts In Crisis Initiative is looking for mentors, three items from the Artful Manager blog, VSA arts and CVS Caremark All Kids Can, and one job opening.
2010 Coming Up Taller RFP Announcement
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is inviting nominations for the 2010 Coming Up Taller Awards. In partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), we are embarking on the thirteenth year of the Coming Up Taller Awards, which recognizes the accomplishments of exceptional arts and humanities after-school and out-of-school programs. Coming Up Taller finalists receive a $10,000 award, an award plaque, and an invitation to attend the Coming Up Taller Leadership Enhancement Conference in Washington, DC. In addition, the Coming Up Taller awards ceremony is traditionally held in the Fall at the White House, with the awards bestowed by the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama.
More information: http://www.cominguptaller.org/
The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 29, 2010.
The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to conduct month-long, community-wide reads between September 2010 and June 2011. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read will receive a grant ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, access to online training resources, educational and promotional materials, inclusion of your organization and activities on The Big Read Web site, and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national program. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected by a panel of experts.
The deadline for applying is Feb 2, 2010
To download the Guidelines & Application Instructions visit The Big Read Web site.
Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org
Mentoring Arts Organizations
The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts’ Arts In Crisis Initiative is looking for mentors to work with producing/presenting performing arts organizations (http://www.artsincrisis.org/). Over 250 people have already signed up to mentor 500 organizations that have applied for help. However, the number of organizations in need increases daily. If you have expertise in marketing, fundraising, board development, strategic planning, etc., please consider giving back to this industry and this country through this mentoring opportunity. To sign up as a mentor, go to the Arts In Crisis website—http://www.artsincrisis.org/—and follow the directions.
THE ARTFUL MANAGER
WEEKLY SUMMARY on the business of arts & culture by Andrew Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IF THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ IS REALLY THE ORIGINAL NORMAL?…
Here’s a chilling thought: What if the past 50 years were the exception, not the rule, to human history? What if the conditions we all considered to be ‘normal’ as we built our businesses, our industries, and our common sense were actually anomalies?
Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
IS OUR FUNDRAISING WRITING WRONG?…
Many arts organizations work really hard to craft the perfect fundraising message in their letters, their brochures, and their online communications. But a few researchers suggest that we’re picking the WRONG words with the wrong focus.
Posted: Friday, November 13, 2009
RENT, BUY, BUILD, OR BORROW…
When a for-profit enterprise wants to build its capacity to do something, they face a classic business question — should we rent the capacity, buy the capacity, or build the capacity? But so many nonprofit managers forget that there is a question to ask.
Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009
All Kids Can Create
Calling all children! VSA arts and CVS Caremark All Kids Can encourage you to share your creativity by submitting artwork to All Kids Can…CREATE!, a national call for children’s art. The theme, State of the Art, invites young people with and without disabilities across the United States to explore their environments and discover the roles they play within their communities.
All artwork submitted before the February 5, 2010 deadline will be included in an online art gallery and considered for display in a national touring exhibition that will debut in Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be on view during the month of June and will feature one piece of artwork from every state and the District of Columbia. All submissions to the call will be included within the exhibition in an interactive kiosk even if they have not been selected for the touring show. The 51 selected artists will be invited to a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. While in Washington, D.C. for the opening reception, these young people will have a chance to join in the largest celebration of the arts and disability in the world: The 2010 International VSA arts Festival.
Siegel Artist Management, LLC seeks a full-time Artist Representatives to represent its roster of touring artists in the ArtsNW / West Coast regions. Members of the Siegel Artist Management team work from home offices in their respective sales territories as defined by regional arts service organization. For example, Liz Silverstein manages the Arts Midwest/ Mid-America regions and is based in Illinois; Jennifer Morris lives in Pennsylvania and represents the Mid-Atlantic region.
An Artist Representative’s responsibilities include:
1. Book our roster of artists for performances and residencies in concert halls, theaters, college and universities and festivals throughout the region.
2. Attend booking conferences
3. Be familiar with all state and regional programs within the Regon, including funding opportunities for which our artists may be eligible.
4. Attend showcases and performances
5. Tour management
6. Marketing support for performances within your territory
7. Administrative duties as required for the development of your sales territory.
As we look forward to our 40th Anniversary Season in 2010-11, Siegel Artist Management is looking for a team player who is well organized, possesses excellent telephone ability and exemplary skills in negotiation and diplomacy. Candidates must be detail-oriented, have strong computer skills and be deadline-capable. Candidates must be comfortable with sales, including making cold-calls and be a “people” person. Start date is May 2010 beginning with our annual agency retreat.
This is a contract sales position and compensation is commission-only based on sales. Applicants should apply via e-mail. Please send a letter of interest and resume to Liz Silverstein, Liz@siegelartist.com