Individual Artists Support Committee Report | May 2013

During our May 2013 meeting the Committee welcomed new member Joe Smoke of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Committee member Ben Cameron presented an overview of the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative, a ten-year $50 Million program. This innovative program, now in its second year, will provide awards to more than 200 artists, as well as a range of dance companies, theaters, and presenters.

Funders Resource Subcommittee:

During the Individual Artists Support Committee’s breakfast roundtable at the 2012 GIA Conference we heard from many participants the need for information on the basics of individual artists support. A subcommittee made up of Esther Grimm (3Arts), Rose Parisi (Illinois Arts Council Agency), Jayson Smart (Rasmuson Foundation), and Carolyn Somers (Joan Mitchell Foundation) was formed to develop resource toolkits. The first toolkit will include examples of artist award selection processes. This resource will sit on the interest area page on the GIA website and be placed in GIA’s online Library. Additional resources will be developed with input from the field.

2013 GIA Individual Artists Preconference:

The planning for the preconference is just beginning. Esther Grimm (3Arts) and Melissa Franklin (Pew Fellowships) will serve as the co-chairs of the preconference committee.

GIA’s Individual Artists Research Project:

Tommer Peterson updated the committee on the status of the research project. Work by the consultant team stopped briefly in February and March while fundraising commitments were secured. An update, including an opportunity for discussion, will be presented at the time of the conference.