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Tuning Up: Theatre company grants + call for potters + PAE

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...


Theatre company grant opportunities. Southeastern Theatre Conference is offering two grants for non-academic professional theatre companies – one for current SETC organizational members and one for non-member organizations. Applications for 2018/2019 grants are being accepted from now through Aug. 3, 2018. Click here for more information. [caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="251"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption] Calling all potters! The Macon (Ga.) Arts Alliance would like to share with you Fired Works 2019 Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale featuring 60 potters from Georgia and the Southeast to be held April 5-14, 2019 in ... Macon, Georgia. The entry fee and exhibition are free to the exhibitors. Get, ahem, fired up! Hard details here. Let's show them what #SCArtists can do! (The deadline is Dec. 1, so we'll remind you once or twice between now and then.) Performing Arts Exchange. The early-bird registration deadline for South Arts' Performing Arts Exchange (Oct. 1-4, Orlando, Fla.) is a week away. They've got a solid Juried Showcase lineup, and are adding a folk and traditional arts American Sounds showcase. Don't miss out!

Tuning Up: Chills, Thrills, and Kills with ‘Grave Intentions’ + more

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers 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...


  • Deadline extension! We first brought this to you in early February, but it's so cool we wanted to bring it back: Filmmakers and screenplay writers are invited to participate in a new project from Death Cat Entertainment – its “Grave Intentions" Anthology.  If your work fits the horror genre (including suspense, thriller, fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, etc.), go here for more information.
  • An inspiring student from Ninety-Six who attends the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, an ABC Project school in Greenwood, is "enthralling with her voice" according to the Greenwood Index-Journal.
  • Performing artists, here's a GREAT opportunity for you: apply now to be one of up to 16 groups presented in a juried showcase at South Arts' Performing Arts Exchange conference in Orlando this coming October. Present your best from industry pros from across the Southeast at an annual conference that supports the presentation and touring of performing artists along the east and gulf coasts.
  • ICYMI: this week, the Arts Commission announced the recipients of the 2018 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts.

Help guide South Arts’ Performing Arts Exchange 2017

South Arts,  consortium of nine Southern state arts agencies, is already(!) gearing up for its annual Performing Arts Exchange (1-4 Oct., Orlando, Fla.). They recently put out a call for involvement at PAE in three specific areas of need:

  • Become a Juried Showcase Panelist Who: Agents, managers, artists, presenters, and staff of arts service organizations with at least five years of experience in the performing arts industry. No need to reside in the South Arts region to participate. HowRead these guidelines and fill out a self-nomination form.
  • Become a Grants Panelist ​Who: Presenters in South Arts' nine-state region. How: Read these guidelines and fill out a self-nomination form.
  • Suggest a workshop topic for the Performing Arts Exchange Who: Anyone with a burning question or a great idea for what performing arts professionals need for professional development. How: Fill out this form to suggest a workshop and potential faculty.

Registration open for South Arts’ Performing Arts Exchange

Registration is now open for South Arts' annual Performing Arts Exchange conference taking place September 25-28 in Atlanta. PAE connects hundreds of performing arts professionals, presenters, artists, agents, and managers for four days to set the stage for upcoming performing arts seasons up and down the eastern United States. PAE attendees experience showcase performances with tour-ready artists, hone skills and gain knowledge in professional development sessions, network with colleagues from around the country, and conduct business and bookings in our Marketplace. Register now with Early Bird rates to lock in the best deal of the year. via: South Arts

South Arts’ Launchpad offers resources for new presenting professionals

Becoming a presenter for the first time can be daunting. Where can I find the best artists for my community? How do I apply my marketing and management skills to a new position? How do I negotiate contracts to be fair to my organization and the artist? Who can I call for advice? [caption id="attachment_24217" align="alignright" width="225"]PAE-2015-Juried-Showcase-313 Philadanco performing at 2015 PAE Juried Showcases – Photograph by Bruce France[/caption] South Arts' program, Launchpad, is designed to provide a year-long support system to professionals who are new to the performing arts presenting field in South Arts' nine-state region. Launchpad offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2017 Performing Arts Exchange in Atlanta, Ga. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join your statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of our 2017 juried showcase artists. Up to 10 presenters will be selected in the second cohort. The goals of this pilot:

  • Provide professional development for new presenting professionals
  • Share resources for identifying high-quality artists
  • Support learning through a peer network group and individual mentoring
Selected applicants will receive:
  • Travel subsidy for attending the 2017 Performing Arts Exchange (PAE), September 25-28, 2017 in Atlanta, Ga. (up to $1,000)
  • Presenting grant to book a 2017 PAE juried showcase artist for the 2018-2019 season (up to $2,500)
  • Support for statewide presenters’ network annual dues/fees (up to $200)
  • Connection to a mentor
Only executive directors, associate directors, or programming directors (i.e., individuals responsible for curating/programming season) that have been in their presenting role for less than two years prior to the Performing Arts Exchange start date are eligible to apply. Previous PAE attendees are not eligible. Complete eligibility requirements and guidelines are available online. Applicants are encouraged to contact Nikki Estes, Program Director, at 404-874-7244 ext. 16 to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) June 1, 2017.

South Arts hosting 2016 Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando, Fla.

Early bird registration ends July 29. The Performing Arts Exchange, hosted by South Arts, is the primary marketplace and forum for performing arts presenting and touring – artists and work, ideas, learning and information – in the eastern US. This year's PAE takes place Sept. 26-29 in Orlando, Fla. Conference activities include live performances, professional development workshops, networking and hospitality events. The purpose of PAE is to connect artists with audiences by fostering excellence in all aspects of presenting and touring the performing arts. Registration fees vary for presenters, supporters, artists and students. Early bird registration ends July 29. Find out more on the PAE website. Via: South Arts

South Arts introduces year-long support system for new presenting professionals

Application deadline extended to February 8, 2016 Becoming a presenter for the first time can be daunting. Where can I find the best artists for my community? How do I apply my marketing and management skills to a new position? How do I negotiate contracts to be fair to my organization and the artist? Who can I call for advice? [caption id="attachment_24217" align="alignright" width="250"]Performing Arts Exchange Philadanco performing at 2015 PAE Juried Showcases – Photograph by Bruce France[/caption] South Arts' new program, Launchpad, is designed to provide a year-long support system to professionals who are new to the performing arts presenting field in South Arts' nine-state region. This new program offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2016 Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando, Fla. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join your statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of our 2016 showcase artists. Up to seven presenters will be selected in this inaugural cohort. The goals of this pilot:

  • Provide professional development for new presenting professionals
  • Share resources for identifying high-quality artists
  • Support learning through a peer network group and individual mentoring
Selected applicants will receive:
  • Travel subsidy for attending the 2016 Performing Arts Exchange (PAE), September 26-29, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (up to $1,000)
  • Presenting grant to book a 2016 PAE juried showcase artist or South Arts showcase artist for the 2017-2018 season (up to $2,500)
  • Support for statewide presenters’ network annual dues/fees (up to $200)
  • Connection to a mentor
Only executive directors, associate directors, or programming directors (i.e., individuals responsible for curating/programming season) that have been in their presenting role for less than two years prior to the Performing Arts Exchange start date are eligible to apply. Previous PAE attendees are not eligible. Complete eligibility requirements and guidelines are available online. Applicants are encouraged to contact Nikki Estes, program director, at (404) 874-7244, ext. 16, to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) on February 8, 2016. Via: South Arts

Registration now open for South Arts’ Performing Arts Exchange!

Registration for South Arts’ Performing Arts Exchange 2015 conference, taking place Sept. 28 - Oct. 1 in Baltimore, is now open for presenters and exhibitors. Plan your upcoming season, check out performance showcases, connect with agents in the Marketplace, and network with your colleagues. This is the conference where business gets done!

  • Presenters: Register early to lock in the lowest Early Bird price!
  • Exhibitors: Don't wait to buy a booth! Visit the Booth Lottery page for PAE Booth Lottery policies and to view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The deadline to enter the booth lottery is June 8.
  • And don't forget to reserve your hotel room ASAP. Lock in the exclusive, discounted rates at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore ($199) and the Days Inn Inner Harbor ($169) before they sell out.
  • New to PAE? First-time presenters can apply for grants up to $1,000.
  • A limited number of professional development travel subsidies are available for nonprofit presenting arts organizations.
Visit the Performing Arts Exchange website for full details and to start your application today! Applications are due by July 10. Via: South Arts

Performing Arts Exchange: THE place to book and showcase performing artists

The Performing Arts Exchange, or PAE, is an annual performing arts booking, showcasing and professional development conference managed by South Arts and hosted by a different eastern city each year.  The 2013 PAE is scheduled for Sept. 23-26 in Nashville, TN. PAE is the primary marketplace and forum for performing arts presenting and touring – artists and work, ideas, learning and information – in the eastern U.S.  The purpose of PAE is to connect artists with audiences by fostering excellence in all aspects of presenting and touring the performing arts. Who should attend?

  • Presenters -- people who bring artists to communities. Presenters may run venues or rent places for the touring artist to perform.
  • Supporters -- people from organizations who are associated with the presenting and touring but are not directly touring or presenting. Supporters may also be agents, managers, or artists who are not attending the Performing Arts Exchange to do business.
  • Exhibitors -- artists, agents and managers attending the conference to book tour dates and showcase their artists.
Early bird registration pricing ends July 31. Single Day Passes, Artist Passes and Student rates are available. Find out more and register on South Arts website.  Joy Young, director of performing arts and presenting for the S.C. Arts Commission, can answer questions for S.C. presenters and performing artists who are unsure about attending. Email Joy or call (803) 734-8203. Via: South Arts  

Milly

How “bright spot” organizations thrive in a changing environment

How did the Anchorage Opera go from losing an average of $75,000 on every production to having its first surplus? Why did the successful national touring company Trey McIntyre Project decide to bypass major U.S. dance centers and put down roots in Boise, Idaho? How did Literary Arts of Portland shrink the size of its programming but increase the number of subscribers? While some nonprofit organizations are struggling with demographic shifts, changing participation patterns, evolving technology, rising costs and shifts in fundraising, these three organizations and many others are healthy and dynamic, even without exceptional resources. These organizations are "bright spots" -- observable exceptions producing results above the norm with the same kinds of resources available to others. What are they doing differently? What can be learned from their behavior? To explore these questions, Helicon Collaborative conducted a study of cultural groups in the Pacific Northwest. The study revealed that bright spot organizations engage in five basic principles that help them adapt to changing circumstances better than their peers:

  1. animating clear purpose
  2. deep engagement with community
  3. evaluation and (honest) analysis
  4. plasticity -- organizational flexibility
  5. transparent leadership
Rather than "chasing the magic of innovation," these organizations are employing fundamental principles that have roots based on common sense. The research report includes examples of how organizations implemented these behaviors. The report also offers a discussion guide to help your organization jump-start a process of self-reflection. Let us know if you find this research and discussion guide helpful.   Holly Sidford of Helicon Collaborative presented this research during South Arts' Performing Arts Exchange in September 2012 and at the Statewide Arts Conference in February 2012. Photo: Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Photo by DKM Photography Via: Helicon Collaborative