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Annual Conference is One Month Away!

Join us for three days of professional development in Los Angeles! This year's conference includes 18 breakout sessions, four plenary sessions, and ample networking opportunities. Check out the conference website for the complete conference details!


Can't Come to the Entire Conference? Register for a one-day pass. Each day is packed with learning and networking opportunities, so you will definitely find something of value. One-day registration rates are available on our registration page. Review the schedule to find out which sessions and special events to take advantage of with a Thursday or Friday one-day pass.

Attend as a Volunteer
Volunteering is a great way to experience part of the conference! If you are interested in volunteering for a discounted registration, please complete this volunteer application.

NEA Art Works Grant Deadline is July 13

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to advancing a wide range of music, from classical and contemporary to jazz. It supports projects by performing ensembles and music presenting organizations including, but not limited to, chamber music ensembles, choruses, early music programs, jazz ensembles, music festivals, and symphony orchestras. In addition, the National Endowment for the Arts accepts applications from professional artist development programs, artist residencies, and service organizations.

Organizations of all types and sizes may apply for a variety of music production, presentation, professional development, engagement, and service projects. The National Endowment for the Arts is particularly interested in collaborations, innovative presentation strategies, and initiatives that help organizations engage audiences in new and meaningful ways. In addition to projects that focus on the standard repertoire, the National Endowment for the Arts encourages the commissioning and performance of new American works.  

Click here for the NEA Art Works Guidelines and Application Requirements.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Report Launched
Study Demonstrates That Nonprofit Arts Are An Economic, Employment Powerhouse

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) is Americans for the Arts' fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated
$166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015 - $63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments (a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations).

By every measure, the results are impressive. This study puts to rest a misconception that communities support arts and culture at the expense of local economic development. In fact, communities are investing in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of tourism. Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 shows conclusively that, locally as well as nationally, the arts mean business!

Key AEP5 Findings: 
  • Nationally, the nonprofit arts industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity in 2015 - $63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. 
  • This industry supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments - a yield well beyond their collective $5 billion in arts allocations. 
  • Money spent by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations supported a larger share of the U.S. workforce - 0.83 percent-than the legal or public safety sectors.
  • Based on the 212,691 audience surveys conducted, the typical arts attendee spent $31.47 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. 
  • The economic impact of the arts is more than the monies spent in communities. Cultural tourists spend money, as well. Thirty-four percent of attendees traveled from outside of the county in which the event took place. Their event-related spending was more than twice that of their local counterparts ($47.57 vs. $23.44). 
  • A vibrant arts community not only keeps residents and their discretionary spending closer to home, it also attracts visitors who spend money and help local businesses thrive. Sixty-nine percent of nonlocal attendees indicated that the primary purpose of their visit was "specifically to attend this arts or cultural event." 
  • Among local attendees, 41 percent said they would have traveled to a different community to attend a similar cultural event, if the arts event they wanted to attend was not taking place.
The full report, a map of the 341 study regions and a two-page economic impact summary for each, a sample PowerPoint presentation, and a media toolkit for advocates can be found at 
Three Stages in a Nonprofit Board's Lifecycle 
Where is Your Board?
Boards are not - and should not - be static. To be effective, they must change and evolve as their organizations change and grow. Many years ago, Karl Mathiasen III wrote a paper for BoardSource in which he identified three different and quite distinct types of nonprofit boards that develop as their organizations grow and change, including:
  1. organizing/founding boards
  2. the governing board
  3. the institutional board
This resource provides brief descriptions of the three nonprofit board types, presented as food for thought only. Do you agree with them? Do they stand the test of time? Do you recognize your own board in any of them?

Click here to download BoardSource's Passages Paper: Three Stages of a Nonprofit Board.
Upcoming Dates and Reminders

July 10
Annual Conference Online Registration Deadline

July 19
ACSO Board of Directors Meeting - Los Angeles, CA

July 20-22
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