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E-Newsletter / March 2009

Posted: Thursday, March 26th, 2009 at 4:20 pm in E-Newsletters

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MARCH 2009
NPN E-Newsletter

Free Workshops for Artists — “Doing it on the Road”

NPN will offer free workshops for artists to learn what it really takes
to take your show on the road, or to make your touring even more
successful. “Doing it on the Road: a Guide for Touring Performing
Artists” is a free information-packed workshop, designed and presented
by the NPN. “Doing it” demystifies the touring process for artists who
are interested, ready and have the capacity to tour, or who have already
toured regionally and want to expand their touring.

During the two-hour workshop, attending artists will receive a syllabus
of touring tips. E-mail Pam Roberts ( for more
information, or if you’d like to attend.

Workshop Schedule

NEA Offers Grants for Economic Recovery

The NEA has announced their guidelines and application deadline (April
2, 2009)
for projects that focus on the preservation of jobs in the
arts, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

One-time grants of $25,000 or $50,000 will be made to eligible
nonprofit organizations which are previous NEA award recipients from the
past four years,
including arts organizations, local arts agencies,
statewide assemblies of local arts agencies, arts service organizations,
units of state or local government, and a wide range of other

Projects are limited to:

  • Salary support, full or partial, for one or more positions that are critical to an organization’s artistic mission and that are in jeopardy or have been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate.
  • And/or

  • Fees for previously engaged artists and/or contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged.

All grants are non-matching and will be awarded for the amount requested.

Generous Individuals Make a Difference at NPN

During these difficult economic times, the National Performance Network
recognizes the sacrifices and challenges many in the contemporary arts
field are experiencing. NPN is forever grateful to the
individuals and organizations
(including 100% of the staff) who have contributed to
the success of our 2008 Annual Appeal.

With your support, NPN will continue to subsidize the creation and
development of new contemporary works and nationwide touring. The
national office and our 61 NPN Partners will continue to advocate for
the individual artist, cultural equity and artistic excellence. To date
NPN has received over $7,500 in contributions.

Got Crisis?

If your organization is suffering from the economic crisis, help could
be on the way. Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative is a program
designed to provide emergency planning assistance to struggling arts
organizations throughout the United States. The program, open to
non-profit performing arts organizations, will provide free and
confidential counsel in fundraising, building more effective Boards,
budgeting, marketing, and other areas pertinent to maintaining a vital
performing arts organization during a troubled economy. Companies who
would like to participate should visit and submit
an online request.

The Economic Stimulus Bill,
Arts Advocacy and You

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes $50 million
to be distributed by the NEA to preserve jobs in the not-for-profit arts
sector. This is a significant victory for the arts community and a
stunning arts advocacy moment. What does it mean, and how did it happen?

Read Laurie Baskin’s in-depth analysis…

Laurie Baskin is the Director of Government & Education Programs for Theatre Communications Group

Spotlight on NPN Partners

Dance Place is featured in the 2008-2009 Catalogue for Philanthropy as
“One of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region.”
Congratulation to Carlo Perlo, Deborah Riley and all the staff and
Board. Read more…