Posted: Monday, December 8th, 2008 at 4:21 pm in News

Helpful articles regarding the management of arts organizations during the current economic crisis:

Arts Policy in the New Administration
November 21, 2008

The National Performance Network in collaboration with fifteen arts service organizations prepared and submitted the attached Arts Policy Paper and Cultural Advocacy Group Proposal to the Barack Obama transition team. The Arts Policy Paper is a public document that outlines recommendations for a re-invigorated National Endowment for the Arts under a new administration. The document was created from a series of meetings and email response to drafts by staff and leadership of the organizations.
ArtsTransitionStatement.pdf and CAG_ARRP_Proposal.pdf

Back from the Brink
Chronicle of Philanthropy, October 16, 2008

In his new book, The Art of the Turnaround, Michael M. Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, writes about his experiences helping to revive troubled arts organizations. He says the specific approaches an organization should follow differ, but that 10 basic rules should be followed in every turnaround. Following are excerpts from the book, which has just been published by Brandeis University Press. Read more,,,

Managing in Tough Times: 7 Steps
The Bridgespan Group, November 11, 2008

Tough times force hard choices. And these are rapidly becoming the toughest times most of us have ever seen. Even for nonprofit leaders who are accustomed to ‘making much of little,’ the repercussions of the unfolding economic downturn are likely to pose unprecedented challenges. It’s hard to imagine that many (if any) of us in the sector will escape unscathed.  Read more…

Navigating Troubled Waters
Wolf Brown, Newsletter No. 24 | published 2008

Many of our clients and friends are understandably worried about the likely effects of the economic downturn. They report much conflicting advice, confusion, and disagreement among stakeholders. What will be the impact on foundation grants? Private giving? Earned revenues? What is the responsible way forward for management and board leadership?  Read more…

National Performance Network
FY2009 – 2012 Strategic Plan

NPN is a vibrant network unlike any other in the U.S, composed of 61 of the most exciting presenters in the country who commission new work, present hundreds of artists annually, and engage in imaginative residency activities in their home communities.  This goal addresses the ‘care and feeding’ of the Network as a growing, changing community of learners. Download Plan…

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