The BCA 10
Know of a Business with Outstanding Partnerships with the Arts? Work for One? Let Us Know!
The BCA 10 recognizes businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community. These companies demonstrate the power of arts and business partnerships and set examples for other companies to follow. Cast a nomination today before they close February 15. For more information and to nominate a business, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/go/BCA10.
The pARTnership Movement
TOOL KIT: Creating Partnerships with Small and Midsize Businesses
In 2009, 69 percent of business support for the arts came from businesses with annual revenues of less than $1 million dollars, and another 24 percent came from businesses with less than $50 million in annual revenue. Fifty-six percent of surveyed companies reported that they’d never been asked to support an arts organization. These tips will show you how to tap into these opportunities and develop lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships with small and midsize businesses. For more information, visit pARTnershipMovement.org.
WEBINAR: Business Speak: Can We Talk?
Thursday, February 21, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (ET)
Partnering with the business community no longer means just asking for money. Learn how to effectively talk to business leaders, marketing departments, human resource personnel, and other decision-makers within the business environment about how to develop mutually beneficial projects. Moderated by Beth Flowers, Executive Director of Beet Street and Arts Incubation for the Rockies, Fort Collins, CO. For more information and to register, visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/go/Webinars.
Facts and Figures
Workplace Giving Gets a Reboot
According to America's Charities, more than two-thirds of companies surveyed offer matching payroll contributions—a 58% increase since 2006. See how Bank of America, Jackson and Company, and others are employing this initiative in our 2012 BCA 10 Award Program.
Tracing the Links from Sustainable Employee Engagement to Performance
Employee engagement may have begun life as a corporate buzzword, but over the last decade, it’s been widely acknowledged as a critical element in drawing out discretionary effort from workers. Studies at a number of organizations, including leading academic institutions, have shown a clear relationship between high levels of employee engagement and improved financial and operational results. For more information, visit towerswatson.com.
Private Sector Network
Do Business Executives Believe Artistic Pursuits Add Value to Their Work?
On November 27 in Richmond, VA, President and CEO of The Conference Board Jonathan Spector and Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch convened 16 corporate executives and 16 artists for an eight-hour “Creative Conversation”—a day of envisioning a new transaction model between business and arts. The day’s discussions resulted in three lines of new research that are commencing in Richmond, one of which may answer the question about whether an artistic pursuit adds value to an executive’s role in the corporate workplace. For more information, visit ARTSblog.
Speaking from Experience
“Like an orchestra or museum or concert hall, a fine newspaper is a creative enterprise and a community asset. Through fat times and lean, we have tried to nourish the creative arts because they help make our community more vibrant. Our investments have paid dividends for the Tampa Bay region, and therefore, for our enterprise.”
-PAUL TASH, CHAIRMAN AND CEO, TAMPA BAY TIMES