ACG celebrates the successes of its arts and culture industry clients.
Arts Consulting Group (ACG) celebrates the successes of its arts and culture industry clients across North America. Congratulations to these organizations that are making a significant impact in the communities they serve.
The Presser Foundation Awards $45,000 to The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Congratulations to The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on receiving a prestigious $15,000 Special Project grant from The Presser Foundation to support “A Fused Muse: Technology Meets Composition,” an ambitious new project that includes a new concerto from pianist and composer Conrad Tao. In addition, The Presser Foundation has awarded $30,000 in general operating funds in support of the Chamber Orchestra’s administrative capacity.
As part of “A Fused Muse,” Mr. Tao will create a concerto for chamber orchestra, piano, technology and experimental media, to be performed in September 2015 in the Kimmel Center’s intimate Perelman Theater under the baton of Maestro Dirk Brossé, artistic director and principal conductor of the Chamber Orchestra. Despite its classical inclinations, the Chamber Orchestra has had a tremendous amount of success in recent years with “Dirk’s Islands,” the brief, non-traditional pieces played at the beginning of the second half of certain concerts. “A Fused Muse” will expand on the popular success of “Dirk’s Islands” by presenting a challenging new work as the focus of an entire program.
UNCSA Celebrates 50th Anniversary
ACG congratulates the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) on its 50th anniversary. The first state-supported conservatory for the arts, UNCSA is focused on its future guided by the vision of its new Chancellor, Lindsay Bierman. Under his leadership, the campus community is deliberating vital questions about its next 50 years: How UNCSA can remain one of the nation’s leading conservatories while evolving into a laboratory for the arts and entertainment of the future. UNCSA is actively building new facilities and new partnerships to grow in transformative new directions.
UNCSA is a small school that makes a major impact, contributing to the vibrancy of Winston Salem. Through ticket sales, UNCSA raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to support scholarships and student programs. The 2014 production of The Nutcracker broke sales records for a fifth time, generating more than $600K in revenue and providing curricular credit to more than a hundred students. New methods of patron engagement are also active priorities. UNCSA’s subscription series, aimed at developing new audiences, has grown 34% since launching in the summer of 2013. In addition, UNCSA’s “kickoff” gala of its 50th anniversary, held in May 2014, raised more than $200K for operational support.
Nashville Symphony Reports Strong Ticket Sales
ACG applauds the Nashville Symphony on increases in earned revenue. As the Nashville Symphony approaches its May 30th season finale, the organization reports a positive trend of strong ticket sales throughout the season and looking ahead to 2015-2016.
Since hiring Vice President of Marketing Daniel Grossman, the Nashville Symphony has achieved record-breaking ticket sales for its 2013-2014 season, with $8.75 million in revenue — a 26 percent increase over the previous season. Grossman and the Nashville Symphony’s marketing team have harnessed that momentum for a strong 2014-2015 concert season thus far, with $1.15 million in ticket sales alone for December 2014.
With four-and-a-half months left in the season, the Symphony has already reached 90 percent of its ticket sales goal for the year, and recently launched its 2015-2016 subscription campaign with a strategy focused on generating early renewals, gaining referrals and building subscriber loyalty. The Nashville Symphony also completed major upgrades to its website and ecommerce functions, and launched a focus on experiential marketing with Date Night packages and a pre-concert Happy Hour with local music, art, food and beverages.
Bravo Greater Des Moines Completes Strategic Plan
ACG congratulates Bravo Greater Des Moines and Executive Director Sally Dix on completion of a new 2015-2018 strategic plan. During its 10th year of operations, Bravo Greater Des Moines engaged in a year-long strategic planning process to create consensus about its mission and to strengthen the organization. The organization completed a new strategic plan, which is the result of extensive community dialogue, research and visioning across the region and among a wide range of cultural stakeholders.
Bravo Greater Des Moines envisions a community where arts, culture and heritage organizations across central Iowa are recognized and supported as vital contributors to the region’s vibrant quality of life. The organization provides reliable funding and support that strengthens arts, culture and heritage organizations serving Greater Des Moines, and acts as an advocate for the region’s arts and culture industry. Most recently, Bravo Greater Des Moines awarded Cultural Enrichment Grants totaling more than $3 million to 60 regional arts, culture and heritage organizations.