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  1. 1. Annual Report July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2005
  2. 2. Our Vision Our Values Our Mission We envision a world where We believe the performing arts are essential. The Association of Performing Arts Presenters Live performance is a universal form of human is a membership organization, dedicated –all people can experience the transformative communication, a fundamental component to bringing performing artists and audiences power of live performance; of free expression. The interaction between together in every place and way imaginable. artist and audience is basic to civic life, crucial The Association achieves its goal by providing –art and ideas circulate vigorously and freely; to the economic well-being of communities, visionary thinking, professional development, indispensable to the mind and spirit. resource sharing and advocacy, in support –artists play a leading role in civic affairs of its members and all those who create and and global dialogue; We believe the performing arts unite all people. disseminate the performing arts. For the performing arts to flourish, we must –people of all cultures interact and affirm have diversity and inclusiveness: in our themselves through the arts; and membership, our presentations, our audiences. By embracing all human experience—and –public and private sectors alike support bridging differences among individuals, the performing arts as a priority. communities and cultures—we strengthen both art and society. We believe the performing arts inspire leadership. Each of our members can and should play an active role in the arts world and in its home community. By accepting the responsibility to lead, exercising their own creativity, our members advance both themselves and their partners: presenters, artists, producers, agents, managers, funders and audiences. Young Performers Career Advancement Showcase 2005. photo by Andrew Lepley Association of Performing Arts Presenters 1112 16th Street NW Suite 400 Washington DC 20036 Telephone 888.820.ARTS (2787) Toll Free Fax 202.833.1543 2
  3. 3. From the Chair Dear Members: I have had the pleasure of serving as board chair of Arts Presenters for the past three years, a time that marked the beginning of our current strategic plan. In Sandra’s letter you will see highlights and accomplishments related to the plan and I am pleased regarding our progress to date. In our field, we often talk about how much things have changed and indeed they have changed. But over these past three years, Arts Presenters has been both strategic and entrepreneurial in responding to the changed landscape. We have raised more money for programs and developed projects that are responsive to the needs of the field. In short, we have exhibited leadership. The completion of Arts Presenters 2005 fiscal year marks the half way point in our current strategic plan and an important moment for reflection on our progress. The board and staff remained focused on delivering a more useful and forward-thinking association. The board guides the association’s work behind four overarching goals for Arts Presenters: – Advance the field of presenting – Expand knowledge about and increase participation in the performing arts – Ensure the sustainability of the performing arts – Promote global cultural exchange through the performing arts As you read through this Annual Report, you will see how the goals are incorporated in our programs and how new programs have been identified and developed with these goals in mind. At our annual Members Meeting in January 2005, the membership passed a sweeping change to how dues are calculated. This dues restructure is one important example of Arts Presenters’ evolution. The new formulation will make the association more accessible to a broader range of organizations, and in turn, create a richer dialogue within our membership that better reflects the field. I am pleased with the progress the association has made this year and with the strategic plan. I look forward to the continued success of Arts Presenters as it approaches its 50th anniversary. I am confident that we will continue to provide leadership for the field for the next 50 years. Lawrence J. Simpson, Ph.D. Chair Board of Directors 3
  4. 4. From the President & CEO Dear Members: At the close of the 2005 fiscal year, Arts Presenters is at midpoint in carrying out the long-term goals of our 5-year strategic plan – enhancing member and field knowledge, fostering sustainability of the performing arts; increasing cultural participation and inspiring creativity in a globalizing world. Our efforts have considered the challenges our members face and the opportunities we have to examine and respond to industry and environmental issues that loom large for the field today – leadership development and succession; supporting artists and the creation of work; shifting demographics and increasing participation; balancing mission and market sensitivity on a global scale. This past year we achieved strong success in establishing projects, services and communications strategies to increase knowledge, build capacity and promote more effective practices among all our members. And, we have stimulated the formation of member networks and interest area gatherings to better respond to member needs and create more customized program offerings. Throughout the year we have been working to refine our program plans with the creation of a capacity building plan and to more clearly articulate these plans and all program offerings to members and the wider field. Highlights for the year included new programs and partnerships designed to enhance member value and advance the field: – Inauguration of a pilot program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ensemble Theatres Collaborations Grants and Travel Subsidy Program, formed to expand the creation and touring of theatre by exploring new models, mechanisms and systems of support – Establishment of the Classical Connections Endowment Fund and the inaugural Classical Music Think Tank in San Francisco to assess the shifting marketplace and opportunities for presenting classical music today – Launch of the Artist Teaching Seminar, a model training program for artists working in K-12 arts education designed in collaboration with the Kentucky Center for the Arts with support from the Dana Foundation – Inauguration of the MetLife Accessibility Awards for presenters, two $10,000 cash awards for leadership and innovation in working with access issues and educational tools – Publication of the award-winning book on participatory evaluation, Singing our Praises by Suzanne Callahan – Creation of a long-term partnership with the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at University of Wisconsin to establish the William Dawson Research Internship Program – Release of a newly updated version of, the website and interactive publication on artists visas policies and processes jointly established by Arts Presenters and the American Symphony Orchestra League – Upgrade and redesign of Inside Arts magazine and launch of website We have been encouraged by the positive comments and feedback we have received from you this year about new and ongoing efforts. We value your input at Arts Presenters and are committed to offering you the kind of support that helps you thrive in this new era for the arts and better serve your communities. Sandra Gibson President & CEO 4
  5. 5. 2005 Board of Directors Staff Executive Committee Arts Presenters Executive Office Board of Directors Sandra Gibson Lawrence J. Simpson, Ph.D, Chair – President & CEO Cuyahoga Community College Brandon McWilliams (partial year) Maure Aronson Eastern Campus, OH – Executive Associate World Music CRASHarts Berklee College of Music Margaret Stevens – Executive Associate Neil Benson Lisa Booth, Vice Chair ICM Artists, Ltd. Lisa Booth Management, Inc. Operations Wende Cartwright Terry Dowdy Kenneth C. Fischer, Vice Chair The Royal Conservatory of Music – IT Manager University Musical Society Laura Giroux University of Michigan Pam Green – Operations Associate PMG Arts Management Mark Kimble Suzette Surkamer, Treasurer – Vice President, Finance & Operations South Carolina Arts Commission Malinda Lambert Theresa Holden Holden & Arts Associates – Controller Sandra Gibson, Secretary Association of Performing Arts Presenters Kathy Hotchner Programs Scottsdale Center for the Arts Kim Chan Neil Barclay, Member at Large African American Cultural Center – Vice President, Programs Margaret Lawrence Rachel Ferrara of Greater Pittsburgh Hopkins Center – Programs Manager Dartmouth College Karen Spellman Maurine Knighton, Member at Large – Consultant and Conference Specialist Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Julia Ward (partial year) Abel Lopez GALA Hispanic Theatre – Programs Director Anita Scism, Member at Large Walton Arts Center Cora Mirikitani External Affairs Center for Cultural Innovation Alicia Anstead – Inside Arts Editor Georgiana Pickett Fran Benton 651 ARTS – Communications/Government Affairs Associate Jennifer Boulware (partial year) Ann Rosenthal – Communications/Government Affairs Associate MultiArts Projects & Productions Jennifer Brunner – Development Director Mike Ross Rebecca Craig Krannert Center for the Performing Arts – External Affairs Associate Jim Doumas University of Illinois – Government Affairs Director Erik Hein David Rousseve – Membership Director World Arts and Culture Patrick Madden University of California at Los Angeles – Vice President, External Affairs Sue Noseworthy – Membership Manager Melissa Schwartz (partial year) – Communications Director 5
  6. 6. Committees Board Committees Audit Lisa Booth Mary Lou Aleskie Josh LaBelle Jed Wheeler – Chair Lisa Booth Management Inc. La Jolla Chamber Music Society Seattle Theatre Group Montclair University Kathy Hotchner Jane P. Ambrose Margaret Lawrence Chuck Swanson Scottsdale Center for the Arts George Bishop Lane Series Hopkins Center Hancher Auditorium University of Vermont Dartmouth College University of Iowa Abel Lopez GALA Hispanic Theatre John Gingrich Abel Lopez Board Operations & Leadership John Gingrich Management, Inc. GALA Hispanic Theatre Neil Barclay – Chair Margaret Lawrence African American Cultural Center Hopkins Center Maria Guralnik Harold Norris of Greater Pittsburgh Dartmouth College Van Cliburn Foundation, Inc. H-Art Management Maure Aronson Cora Mirikitani Amy Lam Georgiana Pickett World Music/CRASHarts Central for Cultural Innovation Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. 651 ARTS Alberta Arthurs Mike Ross Mike Ross Mike Ross Arthurs US Krannert Center for the Krannert Center for the Krannert Center for Performing Arts Performing Arts the Performing Arts Theresa Holden University of Illinois University of Illinois University of Illinois Holden & Arts Associates Financial Affairs Daniel Bernard Roumain Ivan Sygoda Kathy Hotchner Susie Surkamer – Chair Pentacle Scottsdale Center for the Arts South Carolina Arts Commission Charlotte Schroeder Colbert Artists Management Sixto Wagan Maurine Knighton Neil Benson DiverseWorks Upper Manhattan Empowerment ICM Artists, Ltd. Barrie Steinberg Zone Frank Salomon Associates MK Wegmann Anita Scism National Performance Network Ruby Lerner Walton Arts Center John Steinmetz Creative Capital foundation Lois Welk Conference Advisory Committee Arts Consultant Georgiana Pickett Alicia Adams 651 ARTS Advisory Committees John F. Kennedy Center for Ensemble Theater Program the Performing Arts Advisory Committee Ann Rosenthal Classical Connections Advisory Ben Cameron MultiArts Projects & Productions Committee Michael Alexander Theatre Communications Group Aaron Dworkin – Co-Chair Grand Performances David Rousseve The Sphinx Organization Abel Lopez World Arts and Culture University Pat Graney GALA Hispanic Theatre of California at Los Angeles Kenneth C. Fischer – Co-Chair Pat Graney Company University Musical Society Sam Miller Development University of Michigan Theresa Holden LINC Kenneth C. Fischer – Chair Holden & Arts Associates University Musical Society Jon Aaron Vanessa Whang University of Michigan Aaron Concert Artists, Inc. Paul King Independent consultant White Bird 6
  7. 7. Advancing the Field Membership Overall Membership Arts Presenters has an active membership engaged in sustaining the performing arts and reflective of the global arts 30% Agents, marketplace – with members in all 50 state and more than 20 Managers countries. More organizations and individuals than ever chose & Artists membership in Arts Presenters during the 2005 fiscal year. A total of 1,684 members were part of the association at the 1o% Other year’s end, and 262 are new organizations and individuals. Our average renewal rate for FY05 was 67%. 60% Presenting Our new web-based association database system, NetForum, gives members a more streamlined membership experience Membership Composite and enhanced functionality – the new system allows for online membership payments, streamlined member renewal and Conference/seminar registration process, and improved member-only website logins. A majority (58%) of new 800 members joined online, more than one fifth (22%) renewed online, and most (83%) purchased conference delegate registrations online. The new database has served as a solid foundation for more sophisticated and professional 600 membership management and delivering services moving forward. Affinity Program 400 We are pleased to announce, FY05 marked the launch of a family of Affinity Benefits, a number of valuable products and services exclusively designed for Arts Presenters members only. The Affinity benefits range from sponsorship industry analysis 200 to a streaming media service provider. Current partnerships include: IEG, Inc. (sponsorship), GrantStation Insider (funding and grant information), StreamingCulture (streaming media clips), AMS Planning & Research (marketing analysis and 0 benchmarking), Patron Technology (E-marketing software and services) and Design for Social Impact (graphic design). Staff Total Members FY05 — 1,684 has been working closely with AON, Inc. to develop insurance products for members, to be introduced early FY06. Presenting Organizations 730 (47%) A new membership dues structure, designed to promote Agents, Managers & Artists 435 (26%) financial stability and growth, and to increase the participation of smaller organizations and encourage greater participation Associates 263 (15%) from the breadth of the field, was approved at the 2005 Annual Members Meeting and will take effect in FY06. Students 93 (6%) Consultants & Vendors 39 (2%) Honorary Life Members 24 (1%) Other 37 (2%) 7
  8. 8. Expanding Knowledge and Increasing Participation 2005 Annual Members Conference Artist voices featured choreographer Emio Greco, over 1,200 showcase performances, professional director Pieter Scholten, director Peter Sellars, development and networking events, workshops The 48th Annual Members Conference, held singer Dawn Upshaw, writer/musician Carl and an action-packed Resource Room – featuring January 8-11, 2005, in New York City was a Hancock Rux, actor/songwriter Cynthia Hopkins, 350+ artist companies and agencies, artist hallmark event with attendance topping 4,000 pianist Christopher O’Riley and singer/songwriter management groups and vendors allowing delegates, represented by 48 U.S. states and 19 Dan Zanes. attendees to conduct business and learn more different countries. Performing arts professionals about artists and performances for their gathered to explore the vast array of resources Closing plenary speaker Molly Smith, Artistic upcoming seasons. currently in the field and the rapidly changing Director of Arena Stage in Washington, DC, closed environment in which the arts operate. the Members Conference with a spirited The annual Awards Ceremony & Luncheon discussion on the state of the performing arts, honored some of the best leaders in our industry: Themed Moving Forward on Shifting Ground, the civic participation and the future of theater in Members Conference was opened with a keynote America. Association of Performing Arts Presenters Award of address by internationally celebrated physician Merit for Achievement in the Performing Arts: and writer, Dr. Oliver Sacks, who encouraged "May we populate our front porches with art that Paul Taylor delegates to recognize the link between creativity will attract and sustain our audiences. Let’s be and the arts as they met and planned during the fearless about the mirror we hold up to American Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for Conference. society, recognizing that it’s a gift to illuminate Exemplary Service to the Field of Professional the way that we live now through our artists, who Presenting: "One of the essential functions of performing arts are always our greatest strength," said Smith. "As Terrence Jones, Wolf Trap Foundation for the professionals is to support artists and performers. explorers and adventurers, we don’t always have Performing Arts They need support at all times — they need to understand what the destination is, as long as support before they are mature, before they are we just begin." William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence confident, before they are recognized and known for Sustained Achievement in Programming: at this vulnerable period," said Sacks. Members Conference attendees had access to Ruth Felt, San Francisco Performances Sidney R. Yates Advocacy Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts: The Wallace Foundation For the first time, Arts Presenters provided two $10,000 cash awards, supported by the MefLife Foundation, for distinguished work in arts access: Arts Presenters/MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Arts Access: The Wallace Foundation Arts Presenters/MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Arts Access: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Jesse Jackson makes remarks at the 2005 Annual Members Conference Awards Luncheon. photo by Andrew Lepley 8
  9. 9. We appreciate the generous contributions of our In-Kind Sponsors Programs sponsors of the 48th Annual Members Amtrak Conference: Jazz at Lincoln Center Arts Presenters programs are designed to increase The Juilliard School knowledge, build capacity and promote more Major Sponsors The North Group effective practices among members and the The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Royce Carlton Inc. wider performing arts field. As part of our goal to Altria Group, Inc. Yamaha advance the field of presenting we have worked CAMI to move away from a “one-size fits all” approach Clear Channel Entertainment/ National Artists William Dawson Education Endowment to program development with a more customized Management Company (NAMCO) Table Sponsors approach for segments of the membership, in ICM Artists Ana Steele and John Clark order to provide member value that is not solely ICM, Inc. Dance/USA focused on the conference. IMG Artists Southern Arts Federation MetLife Foundation University Musical Society at the University of Arts Presenters’ greatest success in reaching all William Morris Agency Michigan/Ken and Penny Fischer member segments has been in the revitalization Supporting Sponsors Wolf Trap Foundation/The Lied Center of Kansas of the conference. This has happened through the Alain Charles Arts Publishing Ltd. - International introduction of Friday pre-conference discipline- Arts Manager Magazine Booth Sponsors specific forums developed and lead by Baylin Artists Management Agency for the Performing Arts practitioners in summer and outdoor festivals, British Council USA The Booking Group world music, dance, and theatre, changes in the Canada Council for the Arts Dawn Treader Productions, Inc. conference content with burning issues forums Celebrity Series Scott Stander & Associates, Inc. and high caliber plenary speakers and artist voice Class Acts on Tour sessions. Entourage Talent Associates Feld Entertainment The year was also highlighted by two new Ford Motor Company programs that offer critical financial support and Harmony Artists resources to members: the Arts Hilton New York & Towers Presenters/MetLife Foundation Awards for Kids' Entertainment & CH Promotes Excellence and Innovation in Arts Access and the LVanHart Artist Productions Ensemble Theatres Collaborations Grants and Makro Entertainment Travel Subsidy Program. Janice Mayer & Associates, LLC McDermott Entertainment Paul Taylor Dance Company SMG Artists SRO Artists, Inc. 9
  10. 10. Expanding Knowledge and Increasing Participation Professional and – Motivation and The Message: Shaping Buying Dance Working Group Forum Decisions in Your Marketplace January 7, 2005 Leadership Development (Facilitator: Roy Cosme) – Classical Connections The Dance Working Group, a national coalition of National Dance Presenters Forum (Facilitator: Robert Winter) dance and performing art service organizations Beckett, MA – The Business of Presenting including Arts Presenters, Dance/USA, National July 28-July 31, 2004 (Facilitator: Alicia Adams and Performance Network, National Dance Cristina King Miranda) Project/New England Foundation for the Arts, Partnering with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and International Association of Blacks in Dance, Dance/USA, Arts Presenters selected 14 Emerging Leadership Institute Creative Capital, Leveraging Investments in presenters to attend a four-day intensive seminar New York, NY Creativity, New York Foundation for the Arts and at the Pillow Dacne Festival to deepen their January 6-7, 2005 Dance Theater Workshop, coordinates efforts to aesthetic appreciation and commitment to support the dance field and meets quarterly to dance. In addition to lively discussion among This intensive seminar introduced 20 emerging share information and to plan the dance forum at participants and forum facilitators, the program leaders, who had less than five years in their Arts Presenters’ Annual Members Conference. included evening festival performances and presenting careers, to several of the most Participants analyze their mission, activities and dialogue sessions with choreographer in pressing issues in the field and provided critical long-term plans for the dance field in order to residence, Ben Munisteri. Facilitators included Ella leadership skills for the navigating the arts today identify points of complementary and duplicated Baff, Kim Chan, Nancy Gabriel, Ben Munisteri and in the future. The ELI is designed to nurture the effort and determine the most productive plans Andrea Snyder. next generation of leaders to meet the challenges for advancing the dance field. of a new era in the arts. Facilitators included Next Generations Summit Rosalba Rolon and Leslie Bedford. Berkeley, CA November 2004 World Music Forum New York, NY A group of alumni from Arts Presenters’ Emerging 2005 Under the Radar performance. photo by Andrew Lepley January 7-8, 2005 Leadership Institute and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture’s (NALAC) leadership A pre-conference forum is held to help coordinate programs participated in the Next Generation efforts between Arts Presenters and the World Summit as part of La Pena Cultural Center’s Music Coalition to demonstrate the collective Hechos en Califas Festival. The gathering was buying power of presenters interested in world designed as collaboration between the two music and to expand the interest of world music associations and provided a leadership at the Members Conference. In addition, development program for the emerging leaders. GlobalFEST, a multi-band performance extravaganza, featuring World Music artists from Winter Institute 2005 around the globe—emerging and well-know—was New York, NY held on January 8 at the Public Theater. January 6-7, 2005 Outdoor/Summer Festival Forum Winter Institute 2005, a two-day intensive New York, NY professional development experience held before January 7, 2005 the Annual Members Conference, offered a variety of seminars that featured the latest trends and Research was completed by festival directors on best practices in fundraising, marketing and the full scope of the outdoor/summer festival presenting and offered participants a chance to constituency within the larger field and presented hone their skills and learn new ideas. The 2005 at the pre-conference meeting. This half-day seminars included: forum provides the Outdoor/Summer Festival Interest Group with the opportunity to network – Planning and Implementing Successful Annual and provides festival practitioners with a stronger and Capital Campaigns (Facilitators: Alice and connection to Arts Presenters. Halsey North) 10
  11. 11. Young Performers Career Advancement (YPCA) Program New York, NY January 6-10, 2005 A component of the Classical Connections initiative, YPCA offered 21 emerging classical musicians in the first 10 years of their careers the opportunity to learn about the presenting and touring field and perform a recital. YPCA career seminars and performance showcase was held during the Annual Members Conference and featured a performance by the YPCA participants at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. Angela Beeching facilitated the career development program. The 2005 artists were: – QNG–Quartet New Generation, recorder collective Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts artist educator session. photo by Andrew Lepley – Sphinx Quartet, string quartet – Calder Quartet, string quartet – Thomas Meglioranza, baritone Artist Educator Seminar Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) – Fireworks Ensemble, new music ensemble March 30-31, 2005 and May 10-12, 2005 April 2005 Kentucky Under the Radar April marked the fourth annual JAM, drawing the New York, NY Arts Presenters, with the support of the The Dana public's attention to the rich legacy and legends January 6-7, 2005 Foundation, partnered with the Kentucky Center of Jazz and celebrating this uniquely American art for the Performing Arts to create the Artist form. Arts Presenters promoted JAM to members Mini-festival and symposium focused on the Educator Seminar and establish a training and encouraged organizations to participate in work of artists and ensemble theatres that program for professional artists who teach in this month-long celebration of jazz by planning develop and support their work by touring and schools. The introductory two-day seminar held activities in their communities. depend on the support of regional theaters, in March of 2005 at General Butler State Park, alternative spaces, contemporary art museums provided a foundation for the emerging Classical Music Think Tank and presenting institutions. Artists, theatre artists/educators on classroom management, San Francisco, CA producers, funders and leading presenters came artist-school partnerships, lesson planning, and May 20-21, 2005 together as part of the Annual Members national and state education standards in the Conference to discuss the challenges and arts. Onsite training was provided at the one-day Arts Presenters hosted a think tank about classical advantages of creating and presenting theater. action labs held in several elementary schools in music with over 40 presenters, managers, artists Under the Radar was produced for Arts Presenters Owensboro and Louisville, Kentucky in May of and funders designed to assess the shifting by Mark Russell and St. Ann’s Warehouse and is 2005. The artists became more comfortable with marketplaces and opportunities for the classical part of a pilot project for ensemble theatres developing lesson plans and gained knowledge of music industry and to provide presenting and supported by a grant from the Doris Duke the school systems’ academic standards. The touring professionals with a forum to learn from Charitable Foundation. The symposium featured Artist Educator Seminar also provided a model and inspire one another. Facilitated by Richard work by Mark Bamuthi Joseph. Under the Radar framework that can serve as the basis for Kessler, former touring chamber musician and organizers promoted a number of ensemble teaching artist training across the country. Director of the American Music Center who now theatre performances scheduled around New York leads The Center for Arts Education, the convening City during the festival. ended with participants more energized about the potential for new activities that would revitalize classical music presenting and contribute to sustaining the vitality of the art 11
  12. 12. Expanding Knowledge and Increasing Participation subsidy grants under this program were selected in Spring 2005 to: – Mabou Mines, an ensemble theatre company in New York City, to travel to China to develop a new work. – Out North, an arts presenter in Anchorage, AK, to travel to a festival in the Netherlands for curatorial research. – Painted Bride Art Center, an arts presenter in Philadelphia, PA, to travel to a festival in the Netherlands for curatorial research. – Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond, an arts presenter in Keene, NH, to travel to Blue Lake, CA for the Network of Ensemble Theatres Festival for curatorial research. – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, an arts presenter in Scottsdale, AZ, to travel to Blue Lake, CA for the Network of Ensemble Theatres Festival for curatorial research. – Son of Semele Ensemble, an ensemble theatre in Los Angeles, CA, to travel to East Hampton, NY and New York City to plan Hubbard Street Dance Company future engagements with presenters and theatres. – Sowelu Ensemble Theater, an ensemble form and increasing audiences. Writer, composer the repertoire for theatre, diversify theatre theatre in Portland, OR, to travel to the and musician Bob Massey has been commissioned audiences, and provide greater access to Network of Ensemble Theatres Festival in to write a paper on the think tank for publication theatre; Blue Lake, CA to plan future collaborations in late 2005. – To support travel subsidies that provide and presentations with peer ensemble ensemble theatres, arts presenters and theatres. Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant theatres with opportunities to make more – UC Regents/UCLA Live, an arts presenter in and Travel Subsidy Program effective decisions as a result of direct, Los Angeles, CA, to travel to a festival in face-to-face and live performance Germany for curatorial research. The Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant and interactions, – Walker Arts Center, an arts presenter in Travel Subsidy Program a two-year, $1.3 million – To facilitate a higher level of familiarity, Minneapolis, MN, to travel to a festival in pilot granting program funded by the Doris Duke flexibility and exchange between the theatre Scotland for curatorial research. Charitable Foundation as part of its larger Theatre and presenting fields through convenings Initiative. The program provides ensemble theatre and travel opportunities for the artistic and Beginning in fiscal year 2006 the program will companies in partnership with theatres and/or curatorial decision makers. provide project grants in amounts ranging from arts presenters with financial resources. The $20,000-$40,000 to ensemble theatre company program hopes to meet four goals: Travel subsidy grants of up to $2,000 each were collaborations with a theatre or arts presenter available to theatre producers, presenters, partner, as well as infrastructure support grants – To encourage cross-sector collaborations managers, artists and agents to attend in the range of $5,000-$10,000 to assist with between ensemble and independent theatre performances by ensemble theatre companies booking, tour coordination and management. artists and organizations of working in the while artistic, production, education, publicity or presenting and theatre; marketing staff at ensemble theatre companies – To identify projects that best illustrate how were eligible to receive travel grants to visit a collaboration among ensemble theatres, arts regional theatre or arts presenter. The initial travel presenters and host theatres will help expand 12
  13. 13. Regional Performing Arts Forum Publications articles. Six issues of Inside Arts magazine were Keene, NH published in 2005, including the Directory of April 21, 2005 Arts Presenters' publications and bookstore are Artists, published as the January/February 2005 designed to keep members and the field up-to- issue. A sample of topics covered in feature Arts Presenters of Northern New England (APNNE) date on trends, issues and opportunities. The articles includes the building boom for and New England Presenters (NEP) hosted bookstore offers a wide range of titles — in performing arts centers, festivals, technology and President & CEO Sandra Gibson, Rebecca Blunk of nonprofit management, fundraising, marketing, international artist exchange. For the first time, a the New England Foundation for the Arts, Mario audience development, publicity and event special issue featuring the Arts Presenters Award Garcia Durham of the National Endowment for planning, among other areas. Additional of Merit winner Paul Taylor, was published to the Arts at the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard inventory includes research findings, how-to's coincide with the Annual Members Conference. Pond, Keene State College for a discussion about and manuals on a variety of arts-related topics. the performing arts. Presentations and The magazine came under new editorial conversation focused on current trends, Arts Presenters released the first book of its kind leadership as arts and culture writer and challenges, successes and initiatives in the field. exploring the topic of arts evaluation—Singing journalist Alicia Anstead joined our team and Our Praises, by Suzanne Callahan. Funded by The took bold steps to raise the quality and approach Roundtable for San Francisco Touring and Wallace Foundation, the book enhances the to the writing. A new art director, Brian Noyes, Presenting Professionals national dialogue on a growing trend in the joined the team to revamp and relaunch the San Francisco, CA performing arts focused on “participatory design, feel and pace of the magazine. The Inside June 20, 2005 evaluation,” where larger collaborations among Arts brand was extended with the launch of arts presenters, agents and artists are organized in January 2005, offering an President & CEO Sandra Gibson and San Francisco to evaluate performance projects. electronic edition of the magazine with a Foundation Arts Program Officer John Killacky searchable database of past articles, online-only hosted a presentation of Gifts of the Muse by Ann Inside Arts magazine, distributed as a member articles and advertising opportunities. Stone of The Wallace Foundation. Gifts of the benefit, explores critical issues for the performing Muse is a RAND report commissioned by The arts field. Each issue introduces readers to well- A tradition since 1972, Presenter Reports, Wallace Foundation that examines the effects of known and emerging artists, best practices and continued as a publication written by members the arts, including both instrumental and successful programs as well as features on for members to provide detailed information on intrinsic benefits. Following the presentation, organizational development and leadership performances and touring productions presented touring and presenting professionals discussed during the year, including technical requirements, the report, shared news and trends in the San marketing materials and activities, program Francisco Bay area and offered feedback to Arts content, outreach and more. Presenters on services and program development. 13
  14. 14. Ensuring Sustainability of the Performing Arts Advocacy Advocacy activities continue to attract increased In the next session of Congress, President Bush levels of participation from members, who have once again called for the elimination of funding Advocacy is an integral part of Arts Presenters’ responded to Action Alerts and participated in for the Arts in Education programs for fiscal year government affairs department activities. grassroots visits with members of Congress. This 2006. In response, the U.S. House of Through our partnership in the American Arts past year significant progress was achieved on Representatives issued a “Dear Colleague” letter Alliance (AAA) and our work with other national Arts Presenters’ legislative priorities. urging arts in education funding is restored with and regional coalition partners, we continue to $53 million. Congressional Arts Caucus co-chairs raise the profile of members and the performing Federal Funding for the National Endowment Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY-28) and Christopher arts field. Arts Presenters represents member and for the Arts (NEA) Shays (R-CT-4), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-8) and field interests before the United States Congress, On September 14, 2004, the U.S. Senate 106 other members of Congress signed the letter. the White House and other federal agencies Appropriations Committee approved level Arts Presenters has continued to work for throughout the year by bringing a greater funding for the NEA in the amount of $121 increased funding for Arts in Education programs awareness of the value, impact and contributions million as part of the fiscal year 2005 Interior as the legislative process has progressed. the performing arts have to offer communities Appropriations bill. In contrast to President Bush’s across the country and beyond our borders. Arts proposal for an $18 million increase in the NEA’s Improving Immigration Policies and Procedures Presenters has maintained relationships with budget and the U.S. House of Representatives Concerning Visas for Foreign Artists congressional and agency staff, monitored and approval of a $10 million increase for the agency, Arts Presenters is a co-founder of the Performing analyzed relevant legislation, submitted the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Arts Visa Task Force (PAVTF), a coalition of testimony to Congress, and provided strategic passed an omnibus bill, appropriating $122.972 associations organized to improve the visa input on a variety of nonprofit arts industry million for the NEA on November 20, 2004. The process and remove obstacles facing artists and issues. appropriation was then subjected to rescission organizations working with artists from abroad cuts that left the NEA with $121.3 million, an planning to tour in the United States. Arts increase of just over $290,000. Presenters has focused on improving immigration policies and procedures as they relate to arts 2005 Under the Radar performance. photo by Andrew Lepley In the next session of Congress in February 2005, organizations seeking to obtain nonimmigrant President Bush proposed level funding for the work visas for foreign artists. NEA for fiscal year 2006, a year when 150 federal programs were slated to be “zeroed out.” In May The coalition has proposed four reforms to 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives approved current procedures and regulations for artists an amendment to increase the budget for the seeking nonimmigrant work visas. The reforms NEA by $10 million for fiscal year 2006. Arts are: reduce the regular processing times for O and Presenters has continued to work for increased P petitions filed by, or on behalf of, nonprofit arts- funding for the NEA as the legislative process has related organizations to a maximum of 45 days; progressed. allow applications for O and P visas to be filed one year before the proposed employment will Federal Funding for Arts Education through the begin, which may provide immediate relief to Department of Education petitioners able to file far in advance; update the On September 9, 2004, the U.S. House of O and P visa petition form and instructions, Representatives approved level funding for which are outdated and inaccurate; and, Department of Education’s Arts in Education implement uniform policies, procedures, and programs for fiscal year 2005. And on September training at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 15, 2005, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Services (USCIS) for handling all petitions. Committee voted to increase Arts in Education programs by $5.5. million for a total funding level The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has of $40.5 million. In the final omnibus bill between considered the coalition request to extend the the U.S. House and Senate, Arts in Education filing period for O and P visas to one year in programs received $35.6 million, an increase of advance of a performance or tour beginning date, $500,000. instead of the current six-month advance filing period. Arts Presenters’ members responded to action alerts to submit comments to the USCIS 14
  15. 15. when the rule language was posted inaccurately Action Alerts bronze Excel Award for the 2005 Conference by OMB. We continue to monitor and follow-up Action Alerts are sent via e-mail to members Program Book, and another bronze Excel Award with USCIS and OMB to ensure that this rule is when a priority issue needs immediate attention. for the 2005 Conference Marketing Campaign. rewritten before it goes into effect. The alerts state the legislative issue of concern, the action requested of the member, and the date The website,, is regularly The PAVTF has also worked with the support of by which the member needs to respond by. Along updated to offer more knowledge and information the NEA’s international office to develop key with the alerts, Arts Presenters provides letter services and even greater value to members and relationships with the Department of State. A templates and talking points to aid its members the general public, including expanded online meeting was held with Deputy Assistant with this type of advocacy effort. Action Alerts sections on Networking, National Partnerships, and Secretary of State for Visa Services Janice Jacobs prove to be an extremely effective advocacy tool Funding Opportunities. This year the website to discuss our concerns with problems with U.S. as members communicate to their legislators received 9.7 million hits with more than 93,000 consulates overseas. The meeting resulted in during the specified time period. unique visitors viewing the site, an increase of Jacobs agreeing to issue a visa policy telegram to more than 30% in visitors from the previous year. all U.S. consulates and embassies abroad Legislative Updates outlining time sensitivity and interview concerns The Legislative Update is a monthly e-mail that Positioning Arts Presenters as a resource to print of the arts community. In addition, coalition provides the latest information on legislation and and broadcast media remained a strong focus this efforts have secured support from key members policy affecting arts organization in the year. Arts Presenters gained coverage such as The of both the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary presenting field. Arts Presenters also helps Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Tribune and The Committees. maintain an Advocacy Listserv providing an New York Sun. Our work to improve the visa outlet for our members and colleagues in the process for artists gained attention and was Increasing the Visibility of Global Cultural field to share news and insights with the field on highlighted in feature stories in the national Exchange advocacy issues and lobbying activities at the media. In 2005, over 120 members of the press As a member of the Coalition for American local, state and federal level. attended the Members Conference including: The Leadership Abroad (COLEAD) an organization of New York Times, Village Voice, NPR-Marketplace, 50 nongovernmental organizations, business NPR-WNYC affiliate, New York Post, Associated Press, groups, exchange groups and other foreign affairs Communications Dance Magazine, Backstage, Pointe Magazine, organizations, Arts Presenters continued to lobby Classical Singer Magazine, American Theatre and the U.S. Congress and Department of State on the A continuing priority for Arts Presenters is more Afropop Worldwide. need for improved artistic and cultural exchange integrated and strategic communications with programs as well as increased funding for cultural members, the wider fields and other audiences. exchange and diplomacy activities. Our Communications department has centralized Research all messaging to members. Nexus, the quarterly newsletter offers tools and innovative practices The annual Presenters Survey was conducted Tools and Assistance from the field and shares news about services and among members and forms the basis of our activities at Arts Presenters. A variety of electronic annual collection of data on trends, issues and Visa Technical Assistance communications are used to more regularly the scope of activities in the presenting field. Arts Presenters staff offered one-on-one technical inform the membership about local Participating organizations received a assistance to members needing help with the visa opportunities, member services and news on the customized benchmarking report that compared process for foreign artists touring in the United arts. A special series of monthly online the organization's ticket sales, fundraising, States. Such help includes providing letters of communications, entitled, What You Can Do marketing and programming data to others by invitation for our Members Conference and letters Before the Election, provided resources for region, budget size and city size to other of support for visa applications, researching members to raise awareness about the value of presenters responding to the survey. status of visa applications, and troubleshooting the arts in their community in an election year. application problems with USCIS and Department Members Benefits & Services Survey was of State. We also serve the wider field with the The efforts of the Arts Presenters conducted among our current members to website,, launched communications team were recognized by the gauge the value of the association’s benefits. by Arts Presenters and the American Symphony Society of National Association Publications The survey also explored interest in new Orchestra League in June 2003. (SNAP) with three presentations of SNAP Excel programming areas, potential information Awards for our publications: silver Excel Award for resources and affinity programs. General Excellence for the Nexus newsletter, 15
  16. 16. Financial Report Overview Revenues Expenses Arts Presenters ended fiscal year 2005 with an Earned revenue represented 59% of all income. Expenses directly allocated to the delivery of increase in unrestricted net assets of $66,714. This Membership dues represented 26% of the programs and services to the membership increase resulted from enhanced fundraising association’s total revenues. The 48th Annual represented 83% of the association’s total efforts including increased corporate and Members Conference generated approximately expenditures in fiscal year 2005. General and foundation support, increased conference 33% of total revenues. Grants, contributions, administrative expenses for service support revenue, and fiscal management strategies of program workshops, publications and other represented nearly 12%, while fundraising costs general administrative costs resulted in lower earned revenue sources contributed to 41% of were approximately 5%. expenses. total revenue. Statement of Financial Position Year Ended June 30 2005 2004 Assets Cash $ 100,416 $ 119,743 Investments 2,741,352 1,839,200 Accounts receivable, net 39,955 68,228 Pledges receivable 629,918 399,658 Other current assets 65,723 68,952 Property and equipment, net 40,217 57,992 Total assets $ $3,617,581 $ 2,553,773 Liabilities and Net Assets Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 8,960 $ 45,601 Accrued compensation and benefits 43,291 46,836 Deferred dues revenue 418,457 419,093 Grants payable — 35,000 Total liabilities 470,708 546,530 Risks and Commitments Net Assets Unrestricted 881,244 814,530 Temporarily restricted 1,539,163 793,402 Permanently restricted 726,466 399,311 Total net assets 3,146,873 2,007,243 total liabilities and net assets $ $3,617,581 $ 2,553,773 16
  17. 17. Statement of Activities Temporarily Permanently 2005 Year Ended June 30, 2005 Unrestricted Restricted Restricted Total Revenue and support Annual conference $ 1,125,639 $ - $ - $ 1,125,639 Membership dues 869,020 - - 869,020 Grants 1,575,000 1,575,000 Contributions 196,521 - 327,155 523,676 Publications 181,714 - - 181,714 Investment and other income 51,893 31,670 - 83,563 Other income 101,184 - - 101,184 Continuing education 28,737 - - 28,737 Net assets released from restrictions - - - - Satisfaction of program restrictions 860,909 (860,909) - - total revenue and support 3,415,617 745,761 327,155 4,488,533 Expenses Pr0gram services Members conference 994,134 - - 994,134 Professional Development 727,537 - - 727,537 External & Government Affairs 678,852 - - 678,852 Membership services 392,910 - - 392,910 Total program services 2,793,433 - - 2,793,433 Supporting services General and administrative 394,731 - - 394,731 Fundraising 160,739 - - 160,739 Total supporting services 555,470 - - 555,470 total expenses 3,348,903 - - 3,348,903 Change in net assets 66,714 745,761 327,155 1,139,630 Net assets at beginning of year 814,530 793,402 399,311 2,007,243 net assets at end of year $ $881,244 $ $1,539,163 $ $726,466 $ $3,146,873 17
  18. 18. Donors Arts Presenters is grateful to the foundations, 2005 Corporate Sponsorships Individuals corporations, organizations and individuals who provide generous contributions in support of our Major Sponsors Visionary efforts each year. Donors listed below are ICM Artists, Ltd. Lisa Booth/Lisa Booth Management # recognized for their contributions from July 1, ICM, Inc. Sandra Gibson * # 2004 – June 30, 2005. Clear Channel Entertainment/National Artists Anita Scism Management Company Larry Simpson IMG Artists Program Underwriters Columbia Artists Management, Inc. Benefactor The William Morris Agency Maure Aronson # Foundation/Government The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Participanting Sponsors Innovator The Helen F. Whitaker Fund Kids’ Entertainment and CH Promotes Ken and Penny Fischer # National Endowment for the Arts Class Acts on Tour Pam Green/PMG Management # The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Ford Motor Company Maureen Knighton The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation LVanHart Artist Productions Abel Lopez The Charles A. Dana Foundation SMG Artists Ann Rosenthal Hilton New York & Towers * Ana M. Steele and John Clark * Corporate Agency for the Performing Arts Suzette Surkamer The MetLife Foundation Dawn Treader Productions, Inc. The Wal-Mart Foundation Scott Stander & Associates, Inc. Advocate Altria Corporation Alain Charles Arts Publishing, Ltd. Kathy Hotchner # Baylin Artists Management Judith Hurtig British Council USA Georgiana Pickett # Canada Council for the Arts Mike Ross Celebrity Series R. Van Westover Entourage Talent Associates Feld Entertainment Friend Harmony Artists Paul Gompes Janice Meyer & Associates, LLC DeeAnne Hunstein Makro Entertainment Charles Swanson McDermott Entertainment Paul Taylor Dance Company * Dawson Education Endowment SRO Artists, Inc Dance/USA * # Classical Connections Endowment The Lied Center of Kansas * Southern Arts Federation * Visionary: $1,000 and higher University Musical Society at the University of Benefactor: $500-$999 Michigan * Innovator: $250-$499 Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts * Advocate: $100-$249 Friend: $50-$99 In-kind Amtrak Jazz at Lincoln Center The Julliard School The North Group Royce Carlton, Inc. Yamaha