Theatre Survival Plan in Uncertain Times

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Theatre Survival Plan in Uncertain Times

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  2. 2. What Comes After the Recession? BY MAL WARWICK re you thinking that the vision and mission that drive I thought through the nonprofit A you’ve got enough prob- lems now without being your efforts can’t be fulfilled this year, or next, or even the one after sector’s prospects for the future. distracted by thoughts of how First, donors will cease to be that. So, it’s essential you keep in you’ll raise money a year or two or statistics. mind how the changes you put in ➤ Mass mail will be passé. Today’s three from now? I thought so. But place now will affect your chances segmentation tools will be primi- hear me out, please. of thriving once the economy tive by comparison with tomor- Right now, finally starts upward again. row’s targeting techniques. as economic I was given an opportunity to One-to-one marketing will be a conditions bear think about this challenge when necessity, not a fantasy. down more and I was invited to speak briefly at a ➤ Large charities clinging to enor- more heavily on luncheon held during the Direct mous donorfiles will lose ground your organiza- Marketing Association Nonprofit to those that emphasize donor tion, chances are Federation Washington Nonprofit quality over quantity. you’re making changes . . . changes Conference in Washington DC, ➤ Donors will shun nonprofits that in the ways you raise money, in the early this year. Three overarch- treat them like numbers. Those programs you trim and the ones ing realities clearly stuck out as you fund fully, perhaps even in the people who work with you. Tough See Mal Warwick in person as he presents the opening times impose change. keynote and a breakout session at the Arts Reach But it’s not enough to survive. National Arts Marketing & Development Conference in No doubt your organization is in Los Angeles October 8-11, 2009. Visit www.artsreach. business for the long haul, because com/conference.html for more details. H EAC TS R EAM AR RT SUP E Ruddlize It: Marcom On Call A s a member of the Arts Erik Curren of the American Shake- will revolutionize your marketing Reach community, you speare Center says, “Wow! Thanks for program and process. Visit www. may have read one of my the detailed feedback. You really are the arts.ruddle.com for complete details articles in the Arts Reach journal Go To Guy for analysis of collateral.” or contact me directly at 408-234- or attended one of my sessions at If you know me already, then you 3670 or arts@ruddle.com with an Arts Reach conference about ef- know that I’m a big advocate of you your questions and comments, or to fective marketing communications sharing your marketing ideas, copy and just sign up. and/or cost cutting. Since 1988, designs with “an extra pair of eyes” Sapere Aude, I have met and consulted with before and during production because hundreds of arts marketing profes- it will save you from costly mistakes, as sionals, and I have loved adding well as spark interesting insights and sizzle, improving readability and creative ideas. Since those needs arise Henry Ruddle juicing up the effectiveness of their frequently and sometimes unpredictably marketing programs. throughout the year, I’ve developed Cathy Cassetta of the Tabard three ways that are inexpensive and Theater Company says, “Your com- convenient for you to reap the benefit ments were right on the mark! of having that extra pair of eyes. It was so easy to work with you, The inexpensive “Instant Ruddle” and your creative suggestions program provides valuable insights and 5542 Monterey Road, Suite 329 transformed our postcards for a practical advice by phone and email. San Jose, CA 95138-1529 very small investment of time and “Ruddle Plus” kicks it up a notch. arts@ruddle.com / arts.ruddle.com money.” Finally, “Onsite Ruddle Plus Plus” OFFICE PHONE 408-556-8965 2 Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861
  3. 3. that provide superlative donor nonprofits and businesses alike ever happens, we’ll confront new care will flourish. to tackle specific problems. technologies, new expectations, ➤ Donor “Circles of Excellence” new opportunities. Yesterday’s Second, new ways will will attract big funders to ad- tools won’t do the job. emerge to finance nonprofits. dress large, measurable chal- Will you be prepared? ➤ Lines will blur among nonprof- lenges and meet quantifiable Think about it! its, for-profits, and funders. objectives. Mal Warwick has been raising money Those who now start nonprofits ➤ Small donors professionally since 1979 and has gained will favor any organizational worldwide recognition as an author, con- will flock to form that offers an easy route to sultant, and trainer. He has written or ed- mutual-fund-like ited nineteen books, including Fundraising funding. investment ve- When Money is Tight and How to Write Suc- ➤ Social enterprises of all types cessful Fundraising Letters. Mal is Founder hicles, by-passing will bloom, some nonprofit, and Chairman of Mal Warwick Associates individual nonprofits to address some for-profit. Corporations and Co-Founder of Donordigital (Berkeley, broader issues. Calif.), which specialize in direct response will launch their own social fundraising. He has been a top-rated speaker services. “Donors” may loan or Will any of this truly come to at conferences throughout North America for invest as well as give. pass? 20 years, and worldwide since 1999. Mal has ➤ Social finance will mature, creat- Beats me! Your guess may be as taught fundraising on six continents to non- profit executives from more than 100 coun- ing large-scale capital markets good as mine. However, if you look tries. A Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador for nonprofits—and thus compe- around the nonprofit sector world- in the 1960s, he has lived in Berkeley since tition for us fundraisers. wide with an eye for detail, you’ll 1969. You may reach Mal through www.mal- warwick.com or by email probably see signs of many of these Donors will invent new forms at mal@malwarwick.com. possible trends in today’s emerging Reprinted with permission of engagement. practices. from the May 2009 edition ➤ Major donor or foundation of Mal Warwick’s News- But no matter. Today’s condi- consortia will flourish, issuing letter: Successful Direct tions and today’s trends won’t de- Mail, Telephone & Online Requests for Proposal (RFPs) to fine tomorrow’s challenges. What- Fundraising ACH S RE AM ART RTE SUP E It’s the Economic Challenge of a Lifetime. What’s in Your Marketing Toolbox? F inding more new pa- ➤ Are you measuring patrons’ ➤ Have you harnessed the trons, achieving high lifetime value? business intelligence rates of subscriber ➤ How many patrons of all power in your arts com- renewal, acquiring patrons kinds—subscribers, donors, munity? with greater efficiency are and single admission buyers— Audience and revenue no longer sufficient strate- stay with you year to year? growth depend on how well gies to sustain patronage you understand, adopt, and ➤ How much time and money and revenues. implement new fundamen- are you investing to keep Current economic chal- tals that assure patron reten- patrons coming back? lenges crystallize the need tion and lifetime value. to refocus on today’s critical ➤ Do development and market- questions for arts organiza- ing departments function as tions’ leaders: partners or adversaries? Learn how to become a New Century Arts Organization at www.trgarts.com Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861 3
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  5. 5. Survival in Uncertain Times: Not-for-Profit Theater Companies Staying on BY CARL SYLVESTRE Mission and Focusing on Innovation ven in prosperous times, the many activities that are our artistic programming. E fundraising for and marketing of productions critically needed to produce These works provide their work. In some cases it students and adults with are always a challenge for most means moving forward with the best theater and theater companies throughout the productions by adjusting outreach United States. Therefore, it does not producing methods and programs come as a surprise that this cur- in other cases it means that we can rent financial crisis is pushing many expanding on programs offer,” states not-for-profit theater companies to aimed at redefining Robert Weber stretch their resources to the break- how their audience Federico, the ing point. Yet in spite of the gloomy will interact in the company’s Ex- daily headlines, the motto “the future. ecutive Direc- show must go on” is alive and well. tor. “We are not This year the New York-based Commitment cutting out on Tony Randall Theatrical Fund to Artistic the advertising expanded its grant making guide- Excellence or canceling our line to support the work of some and Serving the Artists commitment to the artist.” For many companies, with or theater companies it believes are Now in its 17th season, LABy- without a cash reserve, budget cuts addressing this economic downturn rinth Theater Company is a multi- are a necessity and they have to be with a focused determination to cultural, multi-disciplinary collec- made strategically, so that they are keep their mission alive. “In un- tive of 116 artists with boundless not at the expense of the artistic certain times, it is very difficult for creativity and inspiration. The output. Repertorio Español, the many theaters to stay the course, company aims to continue offering Spanish-language producing theater yet many are finding ways to de- new opportunities to artists who company now in its 41st season, is liver and stay true to their mission are always in need of space to work forging ahead with with creative initia- on new projects. With the increase tives,” states Heath- “The perception that three long-planned in hourly costs of city studio/re- er Randall, chair of you do not want to be and funded works: hearsal space, this season LABy- Pedro Calderón’s the fund. Nine New seen as actively sharing rinth consolidated its resources and classic play “Life York theater com- moved to a new location comprising panies with annual your audience is fading is a Dream;” an office, rehearsal and meeting space. original adaptation operating budgets away at the moment.” of Isabel Allende’s LAByrinth’s artist members can use from $500,000 to the space at no charge to develop best selling novel The House of the $5 million were selected to receive new work. Although this move has Spirits; and “Letters to a Mother” general operating grants ranging increased the company’s overhead by up-and-coming Venezuelan-Amer- form $5,000 to $10,000. cost, it has also enabled increases ican playwright Marcelo Rodríguez. Highlights of some of these in earned income through rentals “We could have innovations are discussed in this and educational programming. As shied away from article. As a golden rule, vigilance so much of the company’s core bringing these to the bottom line is a primary activities now take place in the new exciting works, concern of these theaters with a space, members interact more often but we feel we commitment to balance the bud- with one another, thus reinforcing can better survive get. However, for most of these the community spirit that is at the with a strong companies, an economic downturn heart of LAByrinth’s mission. presence and by is not the time to pull back on not jeopardizing Continued on the next page Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861 5
  6. 6. Uncertain Theatre Workshop, where, in Spring 2008, it presented to great acclaim It is a balancing act for ERS, “starting a Times an adaptation of William Faulkner’s new piece now is as Continued from The Sound and The Fury (April challenging as ever page 5 Seventh, 1928), ERS is now devel- due to our densely Exploring various oping a new piece based on Ernest packed touring production models – Hemmingway’s The Sun Also Rises schedule and in- Expanding collaborations for the Workshop’s 2010-11 season. creasingly limited financial support As a means of controlling Additionally, “The Sun Also available for new work. Neverthe- expenses without sacrificing their Rises” has secured commissioning less, we feel it is critical to balance artistic output, many companies support from the the presentation of finished work are forming new producing partner- Ringling International with a commitment to developing ships. For some this practice has Arts Festival. The a new piece even though works-in always been part of their operations production has been progress and long rehearsal periods and for others it means jumping on invited to the Phila- are far less lucrative than interna- a long-resisted bandwagon. delphia Live Art Festi- tional touring,” states John Collins, Elevator Repair Service (ERS), a val and the Edinburgh the company’s Artistic Director, theater ensemble company creat- International Theater Festival in Fall “the ongoing creation of new origi- ing new works for eighteen years, 2010. The company will perform its nal work is central to our mission.” has seen its professional profile show “Gatz,” a six hour two-part dra- Another young ensemble compa- increase in the past three years and matic reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ny, The Civilians, is in the process of aims to continue on that trajectory The Great Gatsby at the Brisbane moving as a project-based ensemble by continuing to build its partner- Powerhouse Theater and Sydney to a more cohesive institution that ship base and expanding on their Opera House in Australia and it can support several projects in a artist experimentation. As the will be part of Boston’s American given season as well as ancillary theater-in-residence at New York Repertory Theater 2009-10 season. programs. The company’s produc- H EAC TS R EAM AR RT E SUP 6 Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861
  7. 7. tion model involves in-depth com- residencies to full productions. A Series of small-scale work-in-prog- munity-based research; their investi- new work in progress, “The Great ress productions. “Throughout our gation of the Evangelical Christian Immensity,” about climate change, existence we have always sought Political Movement resulted in “This will be developed in partnership to create collaborations with other Beautiful City” presented in Wash- with Princeton University and the theater companies. In the past we ington D.C., Los Angeles and New McCarter Theatre with the company have often supported the work of York City this past year. To reach working with faculty and students smaller companies with co-produc- the goal of being a cohesive body, from the Princeton Environmental tions; now we are embarking on co- the company is strengthening the Institute and Program in Theater productions with larger companies partnership with universities and and Dance to develop the piece. than ours,” says Jennifer Garvey larger producing theaters. Faced with the possibility of Blackwell, the Vineyard’s Executive “We are finding that different decreasing the size and scope of its Director, “the benefits of these co- organizations are now more open programming, the Vineyard The- productions are not only financial. to work collaboratively in the atre, a theater dedicated to produc- It has often been to the benefit development process of a piece ing new works, is actively seeking of the creative team who are now and in some cases it is more than co-productions for all of its 2009-10 working with an expanded group of just with one collaborator,” says projects. In Spring 2010 it will new collaborators.” The Civilians’ Managing Director co-produce with New York’s Play- Redefining the relationship Marion Friedman. These partner- wrights Horizons the new musical with the audience ships are providing support on “The Burnt Part Boys,” while One fear is that with co-produc- various levels, from short writing continuing its Developmental Lab tions, many companies risk losing the brand identity that they have “We are finding that different organizations are built over many seasons. The percep- now more open to work collaboratively in the tion that you do not want to be seen development process of a piece and in some cases as actively sharing your audience is fading away at the moment. Next it is more than just with one collaborator.” Continued on page 8 Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861 7
  8. 8. Uncertain American Drama. Another evening is a reading by Eric Bogosian on Times Dracula, since the actor-playwright Continued from expressed an interest in exploring page 7 that character. Thus, the audience season Vineyard subscribers will be was treated to a reading of a play, offered, as part of their package, one discussion and a historical context of production to St. Ann’s Warehouse, the character. “We wanted to have a a presenting cultural organization in dialogue with the audience in mat- Brooklyn, NY. ters beyond what is happening on “We have to believe that audienc- the stage,” adds Dow. es want greater exposure to what A commitment to the mission to else is going on in the theatrical sustain and expand the audience for community and beyond,” states The classical theater in New York City New Group’s Managing Director is the driving force at Classic Stage Oliver Dow, which co-produced with Company (CSC). It is increasing the the Vineyard the 2003’s Tony-Award reduced group sales program, espe- winning musical “Avenue Q.” The cially to student and disadvantaged New Group is actively seeking other audiences. “These targeted discounts non-theatrical cultural partner- are ensuring that our productions ships to expand the are fully accessible to all members base of its audience. of our community regardless of Ancillary events often their economic circumstances, while reserved for cultivat- also ensuring fuller audiences for ing donors are now our hardworking artists on stage,” part of the marketing fabric of states Jessica Jenen, the theater’s any growing theater company to Executive Director. CSC’s ancillary welcome new audiences, as well as programs aim to remove the fourth strengthening the relationship with wall by inviting audiences to many long-term supporters. activities such as open rehearsals. “Our aim in these difficult times “Our goal is to continue to grow is to make sure that the theater is our community via personal involve- more than a leisure activity and that ment among our patrons, so that it can be part of what makes us a they will feel less like customers and community in this city,” continues more like family. The same approach Dow. As a result of the current informs our relationship with the economic downturn, The New Group artistic community,” adds Jenen. has implemented “Dark Nights at The New Group,” which brings Beyond the crisis: Looking ahead theater artists together during the Building a loyal supporter base season for a public presentation remains a top priority for these com- and cultural discussion. Inspired by panies. The downturn in the econo- its production of Eugene O’Neill’s my is an opportunity to strengthen “Mourning Becomes Electra,” it pro- the relationship with long-standing duced a panel that featured O’Neill patrons because these supporters biographers Barbara and Arthur are critical for the future growth Gelb, playwright Tony Kushner of these theaters. These companies and actress Zoë are looking beyond Caldwell reading the economic crisis from O’Neill’s work and aim to build the and discussing audience that will his influence on be there to support their long-term 8 Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861
  9. 9. aspirations. The message to convey because we love the art form. The- to audience members and funders “My hope is that ... ater has always been about innova- is that they are worthy long-term those with the means to tion and survival and the pleasure investments. support the theater do not that we get that comes from “Our aim is to take action now producing the work of these artists to continue building an audience shy away...” and getting the audience engaged. that understands The Flea and will ly with the artists and invite guests That challenge is not going to go invest in our future and long-terms who are prospects for support. away,” accord- goals,” says Carol Ostrow, Produc- The challenge of planning for ing to Reperto- ing Director of Off-Off Broadway’s the next couple of seasons in this rio Español’s The Flea Theater. The Flea is economic climate is daunting, as Federico. “My hope is that in this launching the “Flea-I-P” campaign long-term commitments to the downturn in the economy, those designed to capitalize on those artists have to be made, but sur- with the means to support the the- donors who are already in the data- vival begins by staying true to the ater do not shy away from nurtur- base. The campaign is board-driven mission and trusting that this is the ing these artists. These artists are and encourages high-end time to open new opportunities on the stimulus for our soul and I look giving by offering unlimited production methods and building forward to many great things from seats, personalized ticket stronger relationships with audience these companies. Adds Heather handling, post-show dinners with members and funders. Audiences Randall, I’m hopeful that whatever the cast and intimate discussions are beneficiaries of these initiatives. challenges come their way, they will about the theater. To keep board In these times, the theater can find the means to keep on fulfilling members engaged and informed remind them of the need to come their mission.” about the work they support, The to together as a community, and, as Carl Sylvestre, MBA, is a fund- New Group invites the cast and cre- an art form, it is uniquely poised to raising, marketing and manage- ative team to someone’s home for provide that service. ment consultant. Email him at carl@carlsylvestreconsulting.com, or a salon where board members get a “It is always difficult to produce visit his website at www.carlsyl- chance to discuss the work intimate- in the theater. We do what we do vestreconsulting.com H AC RE AM TS E AR PERT SU Artsmarketing delivers what you want from a telemarketing partner... ...Projections and results you can depend on For the 2007-08 season, our subscription, fundraising and capital campiagns averaged 107% of their projected goals. ... Positive feedback from the community Clients have been hearing from people we’ve called on their behalf. And it’s positive. In addition to letters, one patron called his local public radio station to compliment the work of the “volunteer” who Artsmarketing partners with non-profits across North America, offering comprehensive subscription, contacted him. membership, annual fund, capital campaigns, ... More time for other things and planned giving programs. To find out more about what we can do for you, contact: With a campaign running smoothly under the Irene E. Greenberg supervision of one of our senior staff, you can focus Senior Director of Marketing on other priorities. 603-778-1428 or igreenberg@artsmarketing.com Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861 9
  10. 10. NUTS & BOLTS UTS OLTS May 11 Postage Increase Hits Nonprofits Hardest BY HENRY RUDDLE he most common non- rate than nonautomation pieces the postal service must feel that T profit postage rates took a big hit on May 11. The with an AADC sort, which is not automation is so commonplace and worthwhile that it no longer needs much better. typical cost of mailing a letter Automation continues to be a as big of a discount. Finally, speak- under 3.3 ounces using nonprofit terrific investment, often saving ing of savings, the discount for standard (aka third class) rates more on postage than the cost of entering your standard mailing at went up roughly 5%, while overall mail processing, with the added the appropriate “sectional facility” rates went up by 2.3% on average. bonus of nearly-first-class delivery went up from 4.2 to 4.3 cents per (Legally postage must increase at speed because of the requirement piece! Definitely still worth a bit of the same rate or slower than infla- that all pieces include an intel- a drive for any large mailing. tion, and this year the Consumer ligent bar code. It appears that Price Index rose 2.9%). Common commercial rates took an above average hit too, but not as much. Third Class Letters Under 3.3 Ounces For example, the cost of a basic NONPROFIT COMMERCIAL first class stamp rose 4.8% from Prior to As of Prior to As of Postage Rate Type May 11 May 11 Change May 11 May 11 Change 42 to 44 cents. Rates for a typical Non-Automation standard mailing went up about Mixed AADC Sort 0.173 0.172 -0.6% 0.271 0.273 0.7% 4.25%. Non-Automation So where did the below-aver- AADC Sort 0.160 0.155 -3.1% 0.258 0.256 -0.8% age increases come in? Strangely, Automation many rates for nonautomation Basic Sort 0.159 0.169 6.3% 0.257 0.270 5.1% pieces either went down or rose Automation only slightly. In general, the United 3-digit Zip-Code Sort 0.143 0.150 4.9% 0.241 0.251 4.1% States Postal Service took back Automation about half a cent of the price 5-digit Zip-Code Sort 0.127 0.132 3.9% 0.225 0.233 3.6% advantage for automation-sorted Carrier Route - pieces, and for the first time ever High Density 0.119 0.121 1.7% 0.190 0.193 1.6% priced automation-qualified pieces Carrier Route - with just a basic sort at a higher Walk Sequence 0.108 0.110 1.9% 0.179 0.182 1.7% Post Office Fun Facts ➤ At the highest elevation — Lead- built using 875 bales of straw. The thest reaches of northern Alaska, ville, CO (about 10,150 ft). facility looks like others, but has the Anaktuvuk Pass post office ➤ At the lowest elevation — Mecca, a “truth” window in the lobby so is the only link to the outside CA (about 180 ft below sea level). the public can see its uniqueness. world for the residents. There are ➤ At the coldest location — North It also has a hitching post for no roads to the town; everything Slope Borough, AK (average customers on horseback. must be flown in. winter temp is -22°). ➤ Most unexpected — The Peach ➤ Most in need of a bridge — The ➤ At the hottest location — Death Springs, AZ, post office is equipped Point Roberts, WA, post office can- Valley, CA (average summer temp with walk-in freezers for food des- not be reached by vehicle unless is 115°). tined for delivery to the bottom of you drive through British Colum- ➤ Most unusual construction — The the Grand Canyon by mule train to bia, Canada. Only a boat or float Corrales, NM, post office was the Havasupai Indians. plane will get you there directly. ➤ Most isolated — Located in the far- (fun facts courtesy of the USPS) 10 Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861
  11. 11. Helpful Tip Sometimes More is Less BY HENRY RUDDLE each, you will pay $20.96 for ➤ Have your list CASS certified good mailing house 124 pieces going to zip codes (ensure the addresses are real A knows how to sort your list and fill out the USPS with the same first three digits, but just $18.75 for 125 pieces and formatted properly) each time you mail, and consider up- paperwork to capture every avail- because the “3 digit” rate is just dating it through the National able postage discount. (Always get a 15 cents. In that case, either add Change of Address system at copy of the 3502 mailing statement another name or tell your mail- least once a year. On average, and, if it was filled out by hand, ing house to just add one to the 10-15 percent of households double check it carefully!) However, total on the paperwork. change their address each year, it takes a great mailing house to ➤ Digging a bit deeper, if a large and so you may either be mail- notice some list optimization tricks. chunk of your mailing qualifies ing to nobody or paying expen- Here are a few to consider: for 5-digit processing, portions sive “address services requested” ➤ The cutoff to qualify for 3-digit of it may qualify for carrier fees to update your database and 5-digit sortation rates is 125 route rates. It requires splitting one record at a time. These pieces. That is, if 125 or more the mailing up, but for large services cost money, but often letters are going to the same mailings the extra 1.1 cent per save much more by ensuring ac- area, and you sort them that piece saving can more than curate delivery and eliminating way, those pieces are charged make up for a small increase in bogus records. a lower rate. The difference processing fees. The lower rates Henry Ruddle founded the mar- between “basic” and “3 digit” require that at least 10 letters keting communications agency postage of 1.9 cents for non- are on the same carrier route, so Ruddle Creative in 1988, special- izing in turnkey writing, design, profit letters may not seem like a as before, adding a name to two printing and mailing services. lot, but it adds up. At 16.9 cents to make bundles of 10 can save Email him at arts@ruddle.com with your a bundle on postage. own cost-saving practices. ACH S RE AM ART RTE SUP E S chweickert & Company is a full service commercial and personal We offer extensive experience in all forms of coverage through numer- ous insurance companies represented by the firm. Many of our companies specialize in “Not for Profit” arts and entertainment policies. The coverages insurance brokerage firm which we provide include, but are not limited to the following: specializes in insuring Arts organiza- — General Liability and Property — Non-Appearance and Cast Insurance tions; both Not for Profit and For — Workers Compensation-including — Special Events Profit. For the past 28 years, we have volunteers provided insurance programs for — Coverage for Tours — Liability, Prop- theaters, orchestras, operas, muse- — Theatrical Property erty, Accident & Workers Compensation ums, galleries and many other types — Business Interruption and Extra — Special Actors Equity endorsement of arts organizations both large and Expense tailored to particular contracts small. All have relied on us to keep — Business Automobile — Employee Benefits programs them insured with the right cover- — Directors & Officers Liability — Life, Health and Disability programs age and at the best possible price. — Employment Practices Liability — Personal Automobile and Homeowners We serve clients nationwide. Our If there is any part of your insurance program that you are not satisfied client list includes organizations from with, please let us review your current coverages. We are happy to offer sug- New York and Washington D.C. to gestions for any improvements or changes you may wish to consider, and Washington State and California, will also determine if we can reduce your insurance expense. from Florida to Connecticut and many states in between. We pride ourselves on service and flexibility. We can work directly with you or hand in hand with your local broker to make sure that your insurance needs are taken care of in an efficient You can contact us at 800-748-6293, or through our website at “www. and professional manner. insurethearts.com” or by e-mail at “arts@schweickert.com.” Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861 11
  12. 12. Ten Free Things ight Now BY TREVOR O’DONNELL u Can Do R Yo To Make Your Marketing down economy is a good Messages More Effective A time to re-assess some of our traditional methods and ask if they’re still working on “Women with children ages 8-16 tional language. Pay attention to contemporary audiences. Here’s a want meaningful family bonding what you say and how you say it. critical look at how we approach experiences. Thus, our message will Then try using similar language to messaging with some practical focus on the production’s inspiring turn your marketing messages into advice that can dramatically improve family story and the long-lasting honest, fresh, naturally persuasive results at little-to-no additional cost. memories that families who attend communication. 1. 3. together will share.” Put your marketing messages to work. Arts marketers worry a lot more 2. Stop speaking dead languages. Focus on the fence sitters. Most arts marketing messages about delivering messages (i.e. The language most arts market- are designed to appeal to avid email or snail mail, print or broad- ers use was formed in the mid 20th insiders (colleagues, donors, sub- cast) than they do about how well century to speak to audiences that scribers/members, loyal patrons, the messages work. are now either etc.). But as avid populations But sending weak, old or dead. If shrink, we become increasingly de- outdated or uncon- Let’s synergize you’re target- pendent on less avid outsiders who vincing messages through powerful our paradigm. ing 28-year-old Dakota with are sitting on the fence wonder- ing if we’re worth their time and new media doesn’t formats, phras- money. If our job is to motivate make sense. Growing ing and imagery fence sitters, we can’t afford to new audiences (and keeping old au- that was geared toward her grand- speak only to our nearest and dear- diences) will depend on the creation mother, you may be speaking a est supporters. of hard-working strategic messages language she can’t understand let Do this: Reverse your priorities. that are as important as the media alone respond to. If we want to be Go out and meet the fence sit- through which they’re sent. a part of Dakota’s world, we have ters, learn what motivates them Do this: Schedule a meeting with to learn to speak a language she and then design your messages to your marketing team to discuss mes- understands. appeal to them first. Don’t worry saging — not creative ideas, but the Do this: Read your marketing about Grandma; she’s already on strategic underpinnings that make copy (ads, brochures, blurbs, fly- your side. As long as you don’t of- the ideas effective: Who are we talk- ers, etc.) aloud and in-person to a ing to? What do they want? What friend or family member who fits must we promise them to get them the target market you’d most like to act? When you’ve answered these to attract. If the language feels for- questions, synthesize your results mal, remote, awkward, overblown, into a written “strategic messaging artificial, self-important or con- statement” and let that statement trived, that’s how it will sound to govern the creative process. that target. Next, try to persuade that person with casual, conversa- 12 Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861
  13. 13. fend her, you’ll be speaking to both or airtight arguments based on under-motivated Dakota and her objective external information. If dear old grandma with fresh mes- your team lacks the information it sages that appeal across the board. needs to make fact-based decisions, 4. go out and get the data. Successful marketers don’t think it will work, Don’t just entice, they know it will work because persuade! they’ve done their homework. 7. Arts marketers make messages enticing by emphasizing the qual- ity, popularity or star-appeal of Stop talking our products. But enticements nonsense. are not the same as persuasion. If event that’ll lift your spirits, ease Much of what passes for “cre- you want to persuade, you have to your mind and open your heart ative” messaging in the arts is explicitly tell your audience what’s to what really matters when times meaningless fluff with no strategic in it for them: i.e., “If you come to are tough.” underpinnings. If you can’t explain this wonderful event, you will get Do this: Make your marketing exactly what it means and how it _____.” Enticements work on avid messages as much about your audi- will generate sales, your message fans because they already know ence as they are about the product. is probably ineffective nonsense. If what’s in it for them, but fence sit- This will be difficult for arts orga- it’s cute, classy, coy, clever, or God ters don’t so it becomes our job to nizations that are accustomed to forbid catchy, it says more about tell them. talking only about themselves, but the egos of the marketers than Do this: Identify something you if you craft messages that describe it does about what motivates the know your target audience wants how your product will satisfy your target audience. then write a simple sentence that audiences’ desires, it will happen tells how your product satisfies automatically. You can start by that desire: “Women who want to making sure the word “you” shows pass on their passion for dance to up at least once in every message. 6. young daughters will get a high- quality, age-appropriate opportu- nity to do this at a family price.” Keep your Then embody this in your market- opinions to yourself. ing message: The only thing that counts in Photo: 10-year-old girl in theatre marketing is objective information. seat with awe-struck expression My opinion, your opinion, your as mom & dad look on with lov- boss’s opinion are all crap unless ing satisfaction. Copy: “Make the they’re backed by facts. (You can Moment, Give the Gift, Share the show this to your boss if you like.) Passion — The Springfield Ballet It’s the difference between “I think Do this: Make sure that your Company will perform…” creative process happens AFTER 5. we should say ‘Experience your Imagination’” and “Our research your strategic messaging process. points to female decision makers Gather facts. Analyze data. Write Quit bragging. ages 25-54 who use classical events a strategic messaging statement. The enticements we use in to bond with like-minded friends, Then and only then can you our messages consist of telling thus our messages will focus on begin thinking about how to say the world how wonderful we are. inherent social value and value- what must be said. It’ll be tough But boasting doesn’t explain to added packages for buyers of four for folks who work in a creative fence-sitting audiences why they or more.” industry to suspend their idea should attend. Persuading less avid Do this: Banish the phrase “I generating impulses until after the audiences means balancing every think…” from every marketing dis- analysis is complete, but doing so boast with a ‘here’s what’s in it for cussion. Insist that all who contrib- is essential. you’ promise. “The joyous musical ute support their input with facts Continued on the next page Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861 13
  14. 14. Ten Things Apply numbers 1 Continued from page 13 through 9 to your entire 8. Use strategic attention-getters. communications strategy with special emphasis on number 4 – the one It won’t matter how effective the message is if it doesn’t reach its about persuasion. target, so getting attention is prior- ity one. But if the attention-getters of beloved cultural institutions that are aimed at avid fans, they could could stand to increase sales. Acti- be failing to reach, or worse, turn- vating your brand means turning ing off persuadable new audiences. favorable predispositions into paid That punny headline that cracked 9. admissions. (It’s like giving people everybody up in the conference who think you’re pretty but stuck room may give core audiences a up a compelling reason to ask you chuckle; but if it leaves fence sit- Stay on message. out.) ters rolling their eyes, it’s getting Marketing messages should Do this: Apply numbers 1 the wrong kind of attention. have one job and one job only: to through 9 to your entire com- Do this: Let your strategy sell the product. Expecting those munications strategy with special determine your attention-getting messages to flatter donors, indulge emphasis on number 4 — the one choices. If your fence-sitting target artistic personnel or feed board about persuasion. Remember, is comprised of young people who egos is wasteful, unreasonable and your brand’s persuasive power is might enjoy a classical concert if it potentially counterproductive. enhanced or diminished every time fit their lifestyle, forget the shot of Those who want maximum results someone gets an email, drives past the sweaty maestro in the tux and must focus exclusively on sales your building or walks through lead with the group of happy, hip, goals and let subordinate objec- your doors. Activating your brand twenty-something friends sharing tives take a back seat — or get a allows you to make certain that, at a drink at intermission. Remem- ride with someone else. every point of contact, your target ber, you’re not the target; what’s Do this: Establish your strategic audiences are given convincing most likely to get your attention is messaging statement and design reasons to become avid insiders. almost always the wrong choice. your messages accordingly. Add in Apply all ten of these and you’ll what you must (contractual obliga- dramatically enhance the effective- tions, sponsors, billing, etc.) but ness of your marketing messages. leave out anything that isn’t con- Make them habits and they’ll help sistent with your core objectives. If you endure tough times — not just anyone asks you to change or add during this economic downturn, to the message, hand them your but in the uncertain future that all data, your strategic messaging arts organizations are headed statement, your sales projections into. and goals, then tell them you’ll do Trevor O’Donnell is a marketing consultant it only if they’ll assume responsi- who has developed innovative market- bility, in writing, for diminished ✓ ing and sales initiatives results. for numerous performing 10. arts producers and pre- senters including Disney Theatrical Productions, Cirque du Soleil, the Music Activate Center of Los Angles, the your brand. Nederlander Company, Your brand is your reputation, Cameron Mackintosh, Center Theatre Group and many others. but a great reputation doesn’t trevoro@earthlink.net guarantee success; the world is full 14 Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861
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  16. 16. Arts Reach National Arts Marketing & Development Conference (Los Angeles / October 8-11, 2009) tions. But all too often, marketers now take Thursday, October 8, 2009 e-mail for granted and don’t keep up with the Friday-Saturday, October 9-10 latest tips and techniques to build lists, target Patron Technology’s Regular Conference Visit www.artsreach.com for details and to register! campaigns, and get the best open rates. This advanced e-mail marketing session offers up E-marketing case studies and specific how-to tips you can use right away to make sure you’re getting Preliminary Agenda E-mersion E-vent the best results. We’ll also remind you about the basics of the CAN-SPAM law so you can – Arts Reach Edition make sure your organization is following all O nline marketing is getting e-marketing laws and best practices. more interesting every day Keynote Session: The Internet — here’s your chance to Revolution (You Don’t Know immerse yourself in the world of About) and the Future technology and learn the most of Arts Management B important things you can do to PRESENTER: reakouts during the Regular maximize your success. In this challenging economic time, getting Eugene Carr, President, Conference will follow THREE Patron Technology TRACKS, with at least one break- your e-marketing right can make a huge impact in your organization’s There’s a technology revolution going which out at any given time as part of the Arts will change how your organization manages Marketing Track, the Arts Development bottom line. its relationships with patrons, ticket buyers, With best practices for e-mail and donors. This forward-thinking session will Track and the Theater Track. Delegates marketing campaigns and Web site describe why the golden age of technology may follow a single track or “jump the planning, clever uses of Facebook for non-profits is nearly here. track” as they please. and Twitter, and an introduction to Lunch on Your Own The break-out sessions of the new operations-enhancing Web- theater track will contain a theater based CRM systems, this full-day Seven Characteristics of Breakthrough Arts Web Sites component, but may not be devoted workshop will provide you with exclusively to theater issues. While all real data and tools to make sub- Patrons have spoken up about what they love — and hate — about arts organization Web conference sessions contain valuable stantive improvements to the way you’re currently operating and sites. It’s time for your Web site to be more information for all delegates, theater than a calendar of upcoming events or a box marketing your organization. office window. When done right, it can be professionals might want to pay special Level: intermediate to advanced knowl- the ultimate “power tool” that reflects your attention to these offerings. organization’s essence, inspiring your patrons edge of e-marketing. and attracting a new audience. We’ll share Specific sessions are added what real patrons had to say about a wide every week. variety of arts sites, and we’ll discuss pitfalls Opening Session: State to avoid and best practices that you can put Topics include corporate sponsor- of the Online Patron to work on your own site. ships, pricing, messaging, cultural PRESENTER: tourism, audience development, donor Fans, Friends, and Followers: Eugene Carr, President, Patron Facebook & Social Media acquisition and retention, research, de- Technology sign, budget controls, and much more. The growing popularity of social networking Your arts patrons and their online behaviors are and social media is inescapable, and more and Here is a sampling of what’s in store. changing — at a faster pace than ever before. In more of your patrons are joining in. These this kick-off session, we’ll share key results from communication channels can be a fantastic the 2009 Patron Technology Arts Patron Tracking new way for arts organizations to connect with Opening Plenary Session Study, which focuses on arts patrons’ Internet us- audiences, but just like any other marketing The New Frontier in Fundraising age and their attitudes toward online promotion technique, there’s a right way and a wrong and Marketing (M/D) and marketing. We’ll compare this year’s results way to go about it. with three previous years to point out the latest PRESENTER: trends. You’ll get a sense of where arts market- With all the generalized information and advice Mal Warwick, Founder and ing has been and where it’s going, and you’ll be out there, it can be hard to find tips that are relevant to the arts, and that’s what this ses- Chairman, Mal Warwick Associates able to generate new ideas to drive your mission forward more effectively and at a lower cost. sion will provide. We’ll focus particularly on As you fine-tune your fundraising and Facebook and Twitter, providing essential tips marketing program to cope with the recession, are E-mail Marketing: The Least Sexy about what you should be doing — and what you considering how to lay a firm foundation for the (but Most Effective) E-marketing common mistakes you need to watch out for. future—once the economic climate improves? Are there steps you can take now to position your institu- Tool Out There Open Mic Q & A tion for leadership in the years ahead—all the while If you are doing e-mail marketing now, you know you maximize net income during these stressful times? Patron Technology’s E-marketing E-mersion Veteran fundraising and marketing consultant, author, it wins hands down when it comes to motivating E-vent will also be held in New York on Thurs- site visits, e-commerce transactions, and dona- and public speaker Mal Warwick will share the insights day, September 12th. For more information: he’s gained from 30 years in the field, and from the www.patrontechnology.com research he conducted in writing his newest book, Fundraising When Money Is Tight. 16 Arts REACH ◆ www.artsreach.com ◆ 1-888-881-5861

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