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Jason Rapp

Marketing arts orgs through, beyond COVID

Best practices webinars start next week


Along the lines of its concurrent webinar series on organizational fiscal sustainability, the South Carolina Arts Alliance has another lined up to benefit groups it serves.

In partnership with Greenville marketing and web firm Engenius, yesterday they announced another free webinar series for arts organizations focused on marketing best practices as arts organizations move through and beyond the pandemic. The webinars are useful for arts organizations of all sizes, but the SCAA says on its website that small to medium organizations might find the most benefit. Details and registration links are below for each webinar. Like the financial webinar series, the marketing series is free thanks to funding from S.C. Arts Alliance partners the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and S.C. Arts Commission.

Session topics and dates

  1. Marketing When Closed: How to Keep Attendees Engaged
    • Thursday, May 14
    • 2 p.m.
  2. Communicating Once You’re Open: How to Speak to Different Audience Groups
    • Thursday, May 21
    • 2 p.m.
Details on these topics and registration are available by clicking here.

David Platts

Announcing SCAC Arts Emergency Relief grants

Applications open, April 29

Application deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET


This is a critical update with vital information on assisting South Carolina arts and culture organizations and individual artists during, and as we emerge from, this time of crisis. First, I am happy to announce that as a result of tireless work by our team, South Carolina Arts Commission Arts Emergency Relief grants for organizations and individual artists will launch next week. The guidelines are available for review on our website now. Simply click here to access them. The application to apply for the Arts Emergency Relief grant will be open from Wednesday, April 29 through Friday, May 15. There will be a single user-friendly application which will ask which of the three eligible categories applies to you:
  • Arts organizations who ARE current (FY20) operating support grantees (General Operating Support, Operating Support for Small Organizations, and Statewide Operating Support)
  • Arts organizations who are NOT current (FY20) operating support grantees
  • Individual artists
Funding for organizations will be determined by their budget size. Individual artists are eligible to receive up to $1,000. I would like to express thanks to the South Carolina Arts Foundation and the donors to its South Carolina Artist Relief Fund campaign, which is helping to support the grants to artists. The recently-passed CARES Act provides funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and supports aid to arts and culture organizations nationwide. This relief may support salaries and administrative costs to the nonprofit arts sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes salary/fringe, rent/mortgage, and other operating expenses, but you may not duplicate emergency funds (for example, if you have received other emergency funds to cover rent, you may not also use this grant to cover rent). Again, I invite you to review the guidelines for our new Arts Emergency Relief grants here.
Second, the result of work with our partners at the South Carolina Arts Alliance and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation is a free webinar series for South Carolina arts and culture organizations focused on financial best practices for moving beyond COVID-19. Thanks to our funding partners, leading nonprofit financial consulting firm FMA Consultants will lead these webinars beginning next week. Each 90-minute webinar will be hosted twice, with space limited to allow for manageable groups and Q&A. Session topics and dates:
  1. Understanding Financial Heath & Planning Ahead in a Time of Uncertainty Wednesday, April 29 (2:30 p.m.) OR Tuesday, May 5 (2 p.m.)
  2. Scenario Building & Contingency Planning Tuesday, May 12 (1 p.m.) OR Friday, May 15 (1 p.m.)
Learn more and register for these wonderful opportunities on the South Carolina Arts Alliance website by clicking here.
Today’s update marks significant progress toward helping practitioners of arts and culture find themselves as strong as possible when we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. We at the S.C. Arts Commission have been strongly encouraged by your determination and innovation in finding ways to share through technology.  As always, we stand ready to assist you as we can.  

Jason Rapp

Video training for arts orgs announced

Getting ready to move beyond COVID-19


The South Carolina Arts Alliance and funding partners the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and S.C. Arts Commission are announcing a free webinar series for arts organizations focused on financial best practices for moving beyond the coronavirus. As our state begins to slowly turn back “on” local economies, arts organizations are left wondering how they can prioritize fiscal sustainability through the continuing economic crisis, all the way through to being prepared for events that may have similar impacts in the future. The SCAA engaged FMA Consultants, a leading nonprofit financial consulting firm, to conduct a two-part webinar series for arts groups across the state.
  • There is no charge to the organization thanks to the funding partners.
  • Each 90-minute webinar will be hosted twice.
  • Space will be limited to 50-60 participants per webinar to allow for manageable groups and Q&A.
Details and registration links are below for each webinar.

Session topics and dates

  1. Understanding Financial Heath & Planning Ahead in a Time of Uncertainty
    • Wednesday, April 29 | 2:30 p.m.
    • or Tuesday, May 5 | 2 p.m.
  2. Scenario Building & Contingency Planning
    • Tuesday, May 12 | 1 p.m.
    • or Friday, May 15 | 1 p.m.
Learn more and register for these opportunities on the South Carolina Arts Alliance website by clicking here.

Jason Rapp

Arts orgs: report your COVID-19 impact to AFTA

Submissions can be updated


Via our partners at the South Carolina Arts Alliance: [caption id="attachment_44582" align="alignright" width="200"]Handwashing art by Amiri Geuka Farris Handwashing art by Amiri Geuka Farris[/caption]

Americans for the Arts has created an easy survey for all arts groups to submit their expected impact from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please fill this survey out as you are able. You may re-submit as new information is provided or decisions are made for your organization at a later date as well.

This data is VITAL is helping the SCAA, and Americans for the Arts, position the arts to have a stronger seat at the table as local, state, and federal governments work towards solutions and support for the economy.

For arts-centric resources on COVID-19 and the arts, see the S.C. Arts Commission's resources page.

Jason Rapp

These suds are no duds

It's mid-day on a Friday. What's on your mind?

[caption id="attachment_44373" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Creative Impact beer can label Click image to enlarge. Art by Brelyn LeCheminant.[/caption]
The weekend. The weekend is on your mind. We at The Hub are but humble state employees and, as such, are given to bourgeois proclivities as, well, "taking it easy" on a Friday here and there. Thoughts of the weekend can (sometimes) creep in while doing our best to maintain our professional composure—and your trust—on the work week's ultimate day. But still. Weekend. It's, like, here. Or at least tantalizingly close. Weeeeekend. Feel it swirl around in your brain silkily, just so. Ahem. At some point during yours, if—and only if—you're 21 or older, consider checking out a new offering on South Carolina's craft beer scene. Creative Impact is the result of a collaboration between the South Carolina Arts Alliance, our near and dear drinking buddies friends (to the extent a state agency has them), and Frothy Beard Brewing Company in Charleston. (With additional contribution from #SCartists Brelyn LeCheminant who designed the label art.) The new pale ale made its debut last week with Arts Advocacy Week in South Carolina and pays tribute to the 115,000 creative professionals in our state. That describes us and, well, we say cheers to that. You can learn more about Creative Impact here from the alliance's GP McLeer, LeCheminant, and representatives from Frothy Beard in the latest episode of the alliance's podcast, "The Dive."  

Platts outlines SCAC’s FY21 budget request

South Carolina Arts Commission Executive Director David Platts welcomed arts advocates from across the state and members of the General Assembly to the South Carolina Arts Summit breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 13. He used the opportunity to outline the agency's state appropriations request for fiscal year 2021 (which begins July 1, 2020). Here's a bullet-point summary:

  • Total ask of recurring funding is $5.4 million.
  • The governor’s budget, released in December, called for no increase.
  • Seeking to get to $0.85 per capita from $0.69.
  • Seeking one-time funding of $3.8 million for arts facilities upgrades that would be awarded via competitive grant application and review.
The budget process is underway with subcommittees of the House Ways and Means Committee, which will send the bill to the full committee for approval before the full House takes up deliberations in March. The Senate will have its turn starting with subcommittees of the Senate Finance Committee before moving to the full committee and then the Senate floor for their own deliberations. There is more to that story, but The Hub is stopping here before getting into full geek-out mode and just check back in periodically because we're here to update you.
The South Carolina Arts Summit is presented by the South Carolina Arts Alliance and welcomes arts advocates to Columbia for two days of learning, networking, and advocacy to legislators.

GP McLeer

Live from an arts school

Today only!


Our future is in good hands!

Today is all about Arts Education, because the arts are alive in South Carolina schools! Hear from the students and schools benefiting from the arts. Today, the South Carolina Arts Alliance is teaming up with our friends at the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project to bring you a series of Facebook Live events held around the state by various schools who have received ABC Advancement Grants and who place value on the arts in their school day. Click here to see the schedule, and tune to each school's Facebook page to catch it all live.

About the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project

The Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project provides leadership to achieve quality, comprehensive arts education (dance, music, media arts, theatre, visual arts and creative writing) for all students in South Carolina. The ABC Project is cooperatively directed by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina Department of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University. ABC Grants currently provide quality arts education to 170,730 students at 84 sites throughout the state, enabled by Education Improvement Act Funds approved by the General Assembly, and administered by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Unfortunately, as demand for grants and services continues to grow, no new applications are being accepted due to insufficient funding. This year, we are requesting a $500,000 increase in EIA/SCAC funding to increase the ABC Project's impact.
GP McLeer is executive director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance.

Arts advocates urged to gather in Columbia

S.C. Arts Alliance announces summit for arts


The state's annual Arts Advocacy Week is getting an overhaul with the S.C. Arts Alliance's announcement of the launch of the South Carolina Arts Summit, scheduled for Feb. 12-13 in Columbia. Advocacy Week combines the voices of advocates across the state at the same time, reaching legislators and community leaders with a message on the important role the arts play in our communities. Registration is now open. On the schedule are events spread over two days.
  • The first day, the Alliance will devote time to get attendees up to speed on issues and then train them on how to talk with legislators, feed into a public forum of the S.C. Arts Commission's Canvass of the People, and end the day with a creatives networking session—all at the partnering Columbia Museum of Art.
  • Start the next day, Arts Advocacy Day, by enjoying a breakfast with state arts leaders before heading out for scheduled visits with legislators. Afterward, a rally on the Statehouse steps culminates the summit.

Full summit registration is $120 per person, and there are á la carte and free options as well. Learn more about pricing from the S.C. Arts Alliance.

Small-group financial management training for small arts orgs

Retooled, rebooted, and ready to help

Application deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019
(Ed. note: A version of this post originally ran in June, but scheduling conflicts with many of the groups ultimately caused the training to be canceled. The presenting partners, undaunted, are rebooting the process and trying to start round 2 again.) Yes, we help provide arts education opportunities. Yes, we help artists make sustainable arts careers. And yes, we also serve as a resource to strengthen community arts groups: your local theatre, dance company, orchestra, and the like. To that end, the S.C. Arts Commission is partnering with the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Alliance (which advocates for all the things mentioned above, and more, in the halls of power in Columbia and Washington) to present the second iteration of "A Stronger Bottom Line," a small-group cohort of small arts organizations getting unparalleled, tailored financial management training specific to the arts. The idea is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your organization's financial operations. But don't take our word for it. Here's what some participants from the first cohort had to say:

“What a productive and informative program.  I learned a great deal and am extremely confident that I can now provide a more thorough and necessary financial oversight and guidance for my organization. This program is immensely insightful. I wish everyone could have this opportunity.” - Footlight Players

“The SC Arts Alliance benefited greatly from this training. Our staff and board feel more confident in our ability to tell our financial story in a way that is transparent, meaningful, and useful. We highly recommend this training.” - S.C. Arts Alliance

This training is conducted by FMA Consultants. Here's who is eligible:
  • Only nonprofit grantees of the Donnelley Foundation and/or the S.C. Arts Commission.
  • Budget size < $1 million
  • Attendance by the executive director, plus lead finance staff or appropriate board member is required for each session. Commitment must be made with application.

Find out more and apply by going here.

 

S.C. Arts Alliance announces Graduate Fellowship

One three-month, paid position available

Application deadline: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019
Just announced last week, The Hub doesn't want you to miss this big news: the S.C. Arts Alliance is launching a brand new program: a Graduate Fellowship offered this coming Spring semester. They are looking for a passionate graduate student pursuing an advanced degree in arts administration (or similar creative field) to fulfill one fellowship position for the Spring 2020 semester. This paid, three-month position will give the student an immersive and purposeful experience in government relations, marketing, event and creative management that results in real world experience and connections that will serve their careers in the future.
  • Application closes Oct. 31, 2019
  • Fellowship runs Jan. 8-April 8, 2020
  • Stipend of $1,500
More information and the application can be found here for this wonderful opportunity!