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Blog Salon! Webinar! Monograph! Survey! Join us in debating the latest in business funding for the arts

Valerie Beaman

Business priorities for sponsorships and donations have shifted dramatically during the economic downturn, and you don’t need me to tell you that the arts have taken their share of the cuts. It’s important for arts organizations to look towards creating partnerships with businesses, strengthening and starting relationships that are beneficial to the business organization as well as the arts organization; you have to convince businesses why they should partner with the arts at all.

Next week, Americans for the Arts will be releasing the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) Triennial Survey on Business Support to the Arts, a survey that explores not only the numbers but the motivations behind and goals of business partnerships with the arts. This survey is unique in that it surveys all business sizes, not just corporations.  We are interested to hear how the survey results may reflect what’s  going on in your communities and what new and innovative partnerships are being developed.

Have you ever questioned why some businesses partner with the arts or how an arts organization got a grant from a corporation?  We will be hosting a week-long blog salon from December 6-10 where bloggers including Akhtar Badshah, Microsoft; Courtney King, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy; poet Amena Brown; Megan van Voorhis, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture; Jim Rivett, Arketype; Katherine Mooring, Arts & Science Council; Bruce Whitacre, National Corporate Theatre Fund, and others will discuss innovative arts and business partnerships, changing corporate giving priorities and what the survey means to their organization, business and community.

On December 8 at 3:00pm EST, learn why an international bank, a Cincinnati based advertising agency and the largest utility company in Portland make the arts a priority in their giving on our webinar, Why and How Businesses Support the Arts: Business Committee for the Arts Triennial Survey of Business Support for the Arts.

In a discussion led by Mark Shugoll, CEO, Shugoll Research, Alessandra DiGiusto, chief administrative officer, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation; Jeff Eberlein, managing partner, Strata-G Communications; and Carole Morse, president, Portland General Electric Foundation will discuss the survey’s findings in terms of why and how they support the arts and compare the extent of their giving, both now and the near future. . Click here for more information and to register

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for our monograph on the survey findings which will be released to members on Monday.

I hope you can join us in making an exciting and informative week even richer!

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