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Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts seeking director of operations and resource development

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts is seeking a director of operations and resource development. The ideal candidate will have experience in nonprofit development, including fundraising. relationship building, and marketing. The DORD will be adept at managing everything from day-to-day operational tasks to long-term strategy planning. The Arts Alliance works with more than 85 arts nonprofits in the Lowcountry, helping with everything from business development to advocacy to granting. The ideal candidate will be diligent and precise, accurate and reliable, and willing to take on new challenges and initiatives. Outside-the-box thinking is encouraged. At the Arts Alliance, we build on previous successes, but we also look for new and exciting ways to try things. “Because we’ve always done it that way” isn’t the way we do it. A love and passion for the arts is a good thing to have for this position, but it’s also a good thing to have in life, so we’re just going to assume those applying already have that. The DORD will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Alliance and will implement long-term development strategies to build relationships and fundraising avenues. Development duties include marketing, fundraising, and partner building. The DORD will also develop the monthly business development workshops and serve as primary liaison between the Alliance and its members and community partners. Responsibilities: Development

  • Working closely with the executive director, builds and maintains donor relations with corporate, small business, and individual donors
  • Develops workshop sponsorships and partnerships
  • Works with the executive director to plan and implement fundraising campaigns
  • Manages administration of the Alliance office
  • Maintains Alliance databases, including board, donors, sponsors, and potential partners
  • Maintains fiscal sponsorship relationships and accounts
  • Working in tandem with executive director, produces and distributes e-newsletter
  • Coordinates and manages social media platforms and website content and design
  • Oversees www.artscharleston.org calendar and related databases
  • Produces and develops marketing and branding materials
Program management
  • Working with the executive director develops and implements monthly professional development workshops for Alliance member organizations
  • Coordinates and manages annual OPEN Arts Expo
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Mike Gibbons at mike@artscharleston.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts seeks executive director

The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic individual to take the helm as the executive director. Applicants should have a passion for the arts and be dedicated to the mission of the Arts Alliance. The executive director serves as a representative of the organization and as a strong leader, voice, and advocate on behalf of the arts community in the tri-county of the South Carolina Lowcountry. The executive director reports directly to the Board of Directors, specifically the chairman, and provides the Board of Directors with comprehensive reports at regularly scheduled board meetings and otherwise. The complete job description is available online. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Lily Hunt, Lily@ArtsCharleston.org. Via. Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts

Make a gift to the arts on May 6 and multiply your generosity

On May 6, you can make a donation to one or more nonprofit arts groups in the Lowcountry or the Midlands, and your gift will be matched or multiplied. Arts nonprofits in the Midlands and the Lowcountry are taking part in Give Local America, a 24-hour online giving day and national campaign to support local philanthropy to nonprofits. In the Midlands, the effort is called Midlands Gives - Magnify the Midlands and is organized by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. The Lowcountry campaign is Lift the Lowcountry, organized by the Coastal Community Foundation. Each community foundation has secured sponsors who will match donations from the public. As part of Lift the Lowcountry, the Charleston Regional Arts Alliance is partnering with the Coastal Community Foundation to facilitate Lowcountry Arts Day, a campaign to raise awareness and funds for the 30 nonprofit performing, visual, literary and arts education organizations that make up the Alliance's tri-county network (Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties). The impetus for Lowcountry Arts Day was an anonymous donor who pledged $110,000 in matching funds just for arts organizations, according to Maggie Hendricks, executive director of the Alliance. “It’s really exciting to see something like this happen in our community,” says Hendricks. “This is a key opportunity for the community to learn more about the work of our member organizations and be a part of supporting them, as it takes time, talent, and money to provide high quality artistic opportunities. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to invest locally in cultural organizations while being part of a national effort supporting the arts and other nonprofit organizations." Midlands Gives will raise money and awareness for 150 Midlands nonprofits serving a wide range of community needs, including arts and culture. A gift to any of the participating nonprofits will be increased through a bonus pool and prize incentives totaling $90,000.  Every hour, Golden Ticket prizes will add $500 to a randomly selected donor's gift for a total of 24 prizes. During six Power Hours, the nonprofit with the most donors during that hour will receive a $1,000 prize. Take a few minutes before the campaigns launch to check out the list of participating organizations by visiting lowcountrygivingday.org and/or midlandsgives.org. Then, on Tuesday, May 6, between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., simply select the organization(s) and make your donation(s) with a credit card or debit card. You can check the leaderboards throughout the day to view real-time giving results.

Tri-county area receives grant funds from the S.C. Arts Commission

Thanks to the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts for posting this summary of South Carolina Arts Commission grants in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. And of course, we love the shout out for The Hub and for the S.C. Arts Alliance!

Each fall after an undoubtedly tense state budget season, performing, visual, literary, and arts education organizations across South Carolina cross their fingers waiting to hear whether or not the South Carolina Arts Commission's (SCAC) general operating and granting budget will stay in tact for another year.  Luckily, the 2013-2014 budget was approved as well as a $1 million increase in funds specifically for grants to organizations throughout the state.  The result is an increase in annual general operating and program specific support for the SCAC's grantees with 15% of all grant funds coming to nonprofit arts and arts education organizations in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. Here is a snapshot of overall funding granted to the tri-county for 2013-2014: General Operating Support: $276,648 (22% of total grant awards) Arts in Basic Curriculum Education Support: $35,560 (9.7% of total grant awards) Small Organization grants: $7,200 (17% of total grant awards) Subgranting (Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grants Program): $9,491 (12.5% of all grant awards) Total: $332,034 (15% of total grant awards across all categories) The South Carolina Arts Commission was created by an act of the state legislature in 1967 in order to build a thriving arts environment for the benefit of all South Carolinians.  Since its inception the SCAC has focused its programs and services toward making the arts accessible to all SC citizens regardless of their economic status or location in a rural community of the state.  The SCAC's programs and services are focused in three core areas of: Artist Development, Arts Education, and Community Arts Development. The Arts Commission's primary source of funding is state tax dollars appropriated by the S.C. General Assembly. Grants from the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts comprise the Commission's secondary source of funding. Additional support for Arts Commission projects is provided by private foundations and community sponsors.  After general operating funds, 70% of funding is granted back into communities across the state in order to support the arts and artists as a viable and important part of South Carolina's economy.  In addition to grants, the SCAC is also available to organizations year round and hosts several workshops, facilitates forums and discussions, and is available for consulting on a variety of areas of need such as board development strategies, strategic planning, etc. Organizations receiving funds this year in the tri-county include:
Charleston Chamber Opera Park Circle Film Society* Unedited Artists*
Smalls Institute for Music & Youth Leadership SC Watermedia Society (Dorchester County) Art Forms & Theatre Concepts*
Gibbes Museum of Art* Chamber Music Charleston* Charleston Academy of Music*
Charleston Artist Guild* Charleston Concert Association* Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts
Charleston Stage Company* Charleston Symphony Orchestra* City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs*
City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department* Creative Spark Center for the Arts* Flowertown Players*
Footlight Players* Jazz Artists of Charleston* Theatre Charleston*
McClellanville Arts Council New Music Collective PURE Theatre*
Redux Contemporary Art Center* Robert Ivey Ballet Company* Sculpture in the South
Spoleto Festival USA Summerville Community Orchestra Village Repertory Company*
Alston Middle School Ashley River Elementary H.E. Bonner Elementary
Howe Hall AIMS Elementary Wando High School Windsor Hill Elementary
  *denotes members of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts For more information on the granting process and for a full list of this year's grantees, please visit the SCAC's website.  For state arts news please visit the SCAC's new blog site, The Hub.  To get involved in arts advocacy statewide and stay up to date on state level decisions affecting the arts please join the SC Arts Alliance and receive their advocacy calls to action throughout the year. The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts staff is also available anytime to answer your questions about the arts in our community and statewide.  Please contact us at info@artscharleston.org or 843.577.5288 if you'd like to get involved in arts advocacy locally, statewide, or nationwide.

Intellectual Property for the Arts Workshop

Artists, authors, journalists, script writers, singers/song writers, musicians and others working in and managing the arts are encouraged to attend the  Intellectual Property (IP) Workshop for the Arts Community on Wednesday, May 29 from 1 p.m.  - 5:30 p.m. at the Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Highlights of the workshop include the creation and protection of copyrights and the realities of royalties, marketing, setting financial goals and structuring agreements. The structuring of deals in the arts and entertainment industry can be unique and creative, and workshop participants will learn how to extend their creativity to the business aspect of their careers and how to market the value of their creative works. The program will feature a mix of national and state leaders and their success stories, as well as provide the opportunity for participants to interact with state and local entertainment industry business leaders and executives. The registration cost of $65 per person covers the half-day workshop and the reception that follows. The workshop is produced in association with the City of North Charleston, City of Charleston, the National IP Taskforce, South Carolina Film Council, Youth Endowment for the Arts, the Darla Moore School of Business, and the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts. “The collective mix of co-producers who have stepped forward are vital partners in the event’s success," said North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey. "Bringing focus to the knowledge of intellectual property will help build a much stronger arts and entertainment community with more opportunity for commercial success and prosperity." Program details and registration information are available online. Via: City of North Charleston