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Tuning Up: Literally (spoiler: it’s about orchestras)

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


This morning we offer some news and notes from South Carolina orchestras. ICYMI: Three Mor-ihiko Years. The South Carolina Philharmonic announced a three-year contract extension for Music Director Morihiko Nakahara this week, keeping him in Columbia into (at least) 2022 for a total of (at least) 14 seasons. The Free Times caught up with the well-traveled maestro, who begins his 11th season, and the orchestra's 55th, Saturday, Sept. 29. Rock Hill Symphony debuts tomorrow night. Literally. As in, first-ever concert, not just new season. Pianist Marina Lomazov (an SCAC music performance fellowship recipient) is the featured soloist for the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto on Music Director David Rudge's premiere program, which also offers works by Berlioz, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana, and more. It is sold out (and has been), but check out the first season's offerings here. Season's greetings! Rock Hill joins 10 other professional orchestras in South Carolina. September and October are typically when orchestra season gets going. Here are start dates for others from around the Palmetto State: Did you have any idea South Carolina has so many orchestras? This doesn't even count the college and community orchestras. All 10 listed above will receive operating support (or more) from the S.C. Arts Commission in FY19.

Open arts jobs in Richland, Horry counties

Town Theatre, set to begin its centennial season in Columbia next month, is looking for help in the technical side of the house. The theatre is seeking a part-time assistant technical director. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of all aspects of technical theatre including set design, construction, lighting and sound. Town Theatre is embarking on its 100th season of operation with a heavy emphasis on musicals. Generally, the theatre produces five main stage shows during the season (September to May), a large summer main stage musical, two to three youth theatre productions as well as various special event shows. The theatre itself is a proscenium stage theatre with a fly system. Sets are built onsite in a workshop and on the stage. Town Theatre values the ability of all staff to work in and promote a harmonious work environment. Preferred skills include, but are not limited to carpentry, overhead rigging, stage electrics, scenic painting and sound/audio tech experience. Application deadline: Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. For additional duties and other pertinent information, go here. (Ed. note: The Hub will have more on the theatre's exciting centennial season closer to its first production, which coincides with the application deadline for this posting.)


And Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach is looking for an audience engagement manager. The part time administrative position is responsible for marketing that will create awareness of and promote the Long Bay Symphony and its programs within the Grand Strand community. As a part of community engagement, the position would manage the "Musicians in the Schools" program within the public school districts of Horry and Georgetown Counties. A bachelor's degree is required. At least 1-3 years work related experience and a music and/or education background preferred. An application deadline was not listed. Please go here to find duties and requirements.

Two arts organizations awarded grants to improve data and relationship management

Engaging Creative Minds in Charleston and Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach are the inaugural recipients of a new Constituent Relationship Management Services grant, created by the South Carolina Arts Commission to help arts organizations improve how they use technology and data to cultivate and maintain relationships with members, donors and other stakeholders. Each grant is valued at more than $13,000 and is being awarded as pro bono services, including implementation of the CiviCRM database system, data conversion, campaign consulting, and customized guidance on fundraising best practices. The grant is a result of a collaboration between the South Carolina Arts Commission, Lowcountry Genius LLC, Custom Development Solutions, and Open-Issue, LLC and kicked off with a free webinar outlining the benefits of improving constituent relationship management practices. Participating organizations included small two-person shops, larger organizations with several development staff members, newer organizations and those with long histories. The range of organizational size and maturity is not surprising to Ken May, S.C. Arts Commission executive director. "Managing constituent data well is a common concern, and frankly sometimes a struggle, among many organizations, no matter their experience level. Staff members are experts in creating and delivering arts experiences, but may not have the time or knowledge to figure out the best practices for their database. Our goal with this grant is to offer resources to help arts organizations build capacity and reach that next level of maturity in fulfilling their missions." Webinar participants were invited to apply for the grant. The organizations selected demonstrated the strategic planning and commitment of resources necessary to support the implementation of a constituent relationship management system. Long Bay SymphonyFor the nearly 30-year-old Long Bay Symphony, implementing a CRM system will streamline current data processes, save time and help the organization cultivate more enhanced relationships with its consumers, according to General Manager Kim Williams.  "This grant award will allow the LBS to compete with larger organizations to better serve our patrons, monitor giving, personalize messaging, and enhance donor relationships at different levels. We are thrilled to use this support to take fundraising to the next level." Engaging Creative Minds STEAM campEngaging Creative Minds is a newer nonprofit, just beginning a third year of programming in schools. "This grant will give us the tools and training to consolidate our current lists of teachers, parents, donors, and artists into manageable systems that help us with our marketing and fundraising efforts," says Executive Director Robin Berlinksy. "In early May we launch our first annual fundraising campaign, "One-in-A-Million," and in June we begin our six-week summer camp. This new system will set us up for success in recording and managing the data for these efforts as well as our day-to-day operations. The system will also grow with us as we expand locally and around the state. The timing could not be more perfect. Another round of Constituent Relationship Management grants will be offered in the future. For more information, contact Joy Young, program director for leadership and organizational development, (803) 734-8696 or visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com. Learn more about Lowcountry Genius LLC, Custom Development Solutions, and Open-Issue, LLC by visiting their websites. This collaborative endeavor accomplishes goals of the Long Range Plan for the Arts in South Carolina as well as the South Carolina Arts Commission's mission to "develop a thriving arts environment" for the benefit of all South Carolinians.