ICYMI: "Grantmakers as Bridge Builders"
Last November, Memphis Music Initiative (MMI)’s Director of Grantmaking and Partnerships, Dr. Rychetta Watkins, attended the 2021 annual Grantmakers in the Arts Conference, which took place in the virtual world for a second year due to the ongoing pandemic. Dr. Watkins, along with MMI Executive Director Amber Hamilton, developed and hosted a panel on the topic of intermediary funders in the grantmaking space, centering the unique perspective of intermediary funders. Dr. Watkins shares a reflection following their conference session including the context in which intermediary funders operate, the benefits of this model, and the lessons traditional funders can learn from intermediaries.
Also featured on the panel were leaders from two Mid-South nonprofits, including Janine Christiano, Strategic Funding and Initiatives Manager at Metro Arts Nashville, and GIA board member Carlton Turner, founder of the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production (Sipp Culture).