Facts & Figures
Positive Outlook for Future Funding
Major arts groups boasted success despite the recession at the recent Crain’s New York Business conference on the performing arts. In fact, the Met sold a record $2.5 million in tickets on opening day and the New York Philharmonic sold 91 percent of its house last season, the highest percentage yet. This success is attracting the attention of corporate donors. For information, www.crainsnewyork.com.
Financial Upswing for MOCA
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has raised nearly $60 million since December of 2008. The increase in fundraising comes after a financial crisis in 2008 that led to staff cuts, canceled exhibitions, and the resignation of trustees and the museum director. The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation made a pledge of $30 million in December. For information, www.foundationcenter.org.
City Hall Plans for Artist Support
Artists of New York City may soon be gaining new entrepreneurial skills with the help of a series of cultural initiatives unveiled by city officials. Out of work entrepreneurial professionals will lend their skills to artists under this plan. Artists will also be gaining access to new exhibition and performance space. For information, www.crainsnewyork.com.
National Arts and Humanities Month
October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM). Be one of the thousands of communities and millions of people throughout the United States who celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month every year. Join us in recognizing the many ways the arts and culture enhance our lives. To learn how to participate in more than 400 NAHM events happening across the country this month please visit the NAHM website at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/NAHM.
Dance at Fountain Square in Cincinnati
The 2010 Fine Arts Fund campaign was kicked off by a group of 200 amateur dancers in a performance at the Fountain Square in Cincinnati. Over the past two months the dancers practiced several times a week at the Aronoff Center and the Know Theater. Choreography was done by Rhythm and Motion instructors at Cincinnati Ballet. To view the dance, www.fineartsfund.org.
Levi’s Partners with Berkeley Repertory Theater
Levi’s is the lead sponsor of the stage version of
the Grammy Award-winning album by Green Day. The album and the new advertising campaign from Levi’s showcase a pioneering spirit. Doug Sweeny, Vice President of Levi’s Brand Marketing, said, “Levi’s jeans have been favored by musicians and cultural pioneers who march to the beat of their own drum for decades, so our participation in this show truly is a purposeful and authentic fit.” For information, www.levistrauss.com.
THE BCA TEN
Ten outstanding companies will be honored at this year’s THE BCA TEN: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America. These companies represent a diverse range of industry, size, and geography and will be celebrated for their exemplary art support at the annual gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on Thursday, November 19, 2009. Thomas A. James, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Raymond James Financial, will be presented with the Leadership Award. Movado Group, Inc.
will be inducted into The BCA Hall of Fame for their longstanding commitment to the arts. Broadway actor Matt Bogart, whose talents are currently lent to the Tony Award-winning musical
will provide the evening’s entertainment. For more information and to reserve a ticket or table, www.AmericansForTheArts.org/go/BCA10.
National Arts Marketing Project Conference
Join arts marketing and fundraising colleagues at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference in Providence, RI, October 30–November 2.
CollaborAction: Arts Marketing, Sponsorship, and Fundraising Strategies That Work!
features 100+ experts to provide the tools and strategies to help you stretch your budget; support your team; and inspire you to discover new, creative solutions. Join your colleagues in Providence, RI, and help your organization face challenges and make the most of opportunities in this economic climate. To register, www.ArtsMarketing.org/Conference.
Grantmakers in the Arts
Grantmakers in the Arts 2009 Recession Conference: Navigating the Art of Change will take place in Brooklyn, NY, October 18–21. The conference will work to prepare grantmakers for the future while dealing with these hard economic times. Join Americans for the Arts for specialized sessions including The Art of Change: How and Why Advocacy Is Part of Effective Arts Philanthropy led by Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch. For information and to register, www.conference.giarts.org.
Speaking From Experience
"A deep appreciation for the power the arts have on a community resides in the heart of UMB's culture. It's our exposure as individuals and communities to visual and performing arts that drives creativity in business. I believe communities that have a strong focus on arts attract and retain a brighter and more creative work force."
- Mariner Kemper, Chairman & CEO, UMB Financial Corporation, 2009 THE BCA TEN Honoree