GIA Research on Support for Individual Artists

Wednesday, May 1, 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT   [PASSED]

  • Claudia Bach, Principal and Founder, AdvisArts
  • Alan Brown, Principal, WolfBrown
  • Tommer Peterson, Deputy Director & Director of Programs, Grantmakers in the Arts

A recording of this presentation is available here.

Web Conferences are free to the staff and board of GIA member organizations. The fee for nonmembers is $35.


This web conference will provide an overview of and update on the research that GIA is undertaking to establish benchmark data nationally on financial support provided to individual artists from public, private, and nonprofit organized grantmakers.

The end product of this work is envisioned to be an interactive online dashboard that will allow funders, researchers, and others to access a number of preprogrammed reports that display data on support for individual artists in a number of ways. It will also allow funders to compare their own funding programs for individuals with others by discipline, geography, grant type, size, or other aspects. In addition, users will be allowed complete access to the database and will easily be able to develop their own custom queries.

Presenter Bios:
Claudia Bach Claudia Bach, principal and founder of AdvisArts, is noted for bringing innovative yet pragmatic solutions to the challenges of the creative sector through her work with individual artists, public and nonprofit organizations, and cross-sector initiatives. She is committed to helping organizations and individuals tackle questions with timely information, enhanced skills, honesty, and openness to unexpected answers. Her consulting practice intentionally mixes a portfolio of municipalities and large entities with small organizations and individual artists, as she values their essential and interdependent contributions to the vitality of their communities. Her work focuses on providing planning, research, strategy development, and training that stimulates new perspectives and generates effective action. She has presented and published on many topics including capacity building, audience participation, and change management. Bach has established and led professional development and service programs for artists and small arts organizations, and she is an adjunct professor for Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership.
Alan Brown Alan Brown, principal of WolfBrown, is a leading researcher and management consultant in the arts and culture sector worldwide. His work focuses on understanding consumer demand for cultural experiences and on helping cultural institutions, foundations, and agencies to see new opportunities, make informed decisions, and respond to changing conditions. His studies have introduced new vocabulary to the lexicon of cultural participation and propelled the field towards a clearer view of the rapidly changing cultural landscape. He speaks frequently at national and international conferences about audience behaviors, trends in cultural participation, and the value system surrounding arts programs.
Tommer Peterson Tommer Peterson has been on the GIA staff since 2000. Peterson's background is in communications. He was part of the founding team for ArtsWire at the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was managing partner Wilkins & Peterson and Co., a design and marketing firm that specialized in nonprofit organizations for over twenty years. He was also a founding member of Artist Trust of Washington, two-term chair of Seattle's Bumbershoot Arts Festival, commissioner on the City of Seattle Arts Commission, and the first curator of the City of Seattle's 1% for Art Program. He regularly serves as a panelist for the NEA, state and local public agencies, and private funders. He is also an artist and studied classical calligraphy in Japan on a NEA fellowship in 1989, a discipline which he continues to practice. He exhibits his work regularly in the U.S. and in Japan.