Launchpad


PAE Professional Development Workshop

Professional Development at PAE – Photograph by Bruce France

The deadline for this pilot program has passed.  Check back in November for the new guidelines, application, and deadline date.

Becoming a presenter for the first time can be daunting. Where can I find the best artists for my community? How do I apply my marketing and management skills to a new position? How do I negotiate contracts to be fair to my organization and the artist? Who can I call for advice?

Launchpad is designed to provide a year-long support system to professionals who are new to the performing arts presenting field in our nine-state region. This new program of South Arts offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2016 Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando, FL. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join your statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of our 2016 showcase artists. Up to seven presenters will be selected in this inaugural cohort.

The goals of this pilot are:

  • Provide professional development for new presenting professionals
  • Share resources for identifying high-quality artists
  • Support learning through a peer network group and individual mentoring

Selected applicants will receive:

  • Travel subsidy for attending the 2016 Performing Arts Exchange (PAE), September 26-29, 2016 in Orlando, FL (up to $1,000)
  • Presenting grant to book a 2016 PAE juried showcase artist or South Arts showcase artist for the 2017-2018 season (up to $2,500)
  • Support for statewide presenters’ network annual dues/fees (up to $200)
  • Connection to a mentor

Applicants are encouraged to contact Nikki Estes, Program Director, at 404-874-7244 ext. 16 to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application.

Eligibility, Guidelines, and Policies

  • Only nonprofit and governmental presenting organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region are eligible to apply. South Arts’ nine-state region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
  • Presenting organizations must have not-for-profit, tax-exempt status or be an official unit of local, county or state government. For nonprofit presenters,
    Philadanco performing at 2015 PAE Juried Showcase

    Philadanco performing at 2015 PAE Juried Showcases – Photograph by Bruce France

    tax-exempt status will be verified by a third party entity. Governmental presenters must provide proof of government status. South Arts does not accept applications from fiscal agents in this program.
  • All applicants must have a DUNS number. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a DUNS number. More about DUNS numbers and how to get one >>
  • Applicants must have a current presenting season.
  • Only NEW presenter participants are eligible to apply. Only Executive Directors, Associate Directors, or Programming Directors (i.e., individuals responsible for curating/programming season) that have been in their presenting role for less than two years prior to the Performing Arts Exchange start date (as evidenced by résumé). Previous PAE attendees are not eligible to apply.
  • Presenters are limited to one application.
  • Applicants who have failed to submit final reports for any previous South Arts grant by the application deadline for this program will not be considered for funding in this grant cycle.
  • Applicants are required to attend the full conference, Monday, September 26, 2016 through Thursday, September 29, 2016. Applicants are required to attend the Presenting 101 Pre-Conference and New Colleagues Session on Monday, September 26, 2016.
  • Applicants are required to participate in conference calls/webinars before and after PAE (a minimum of two calls/webinars will be scheduled).
  • Travel subsidies require at least a 1:2 match (for example, a $1,000 grant requires a match of $500). The match can include in-kind expenses such as your salary/time for attending the conference. The minimum travel subsidy request is $250; the maximum travel subsidy is $1,000 (up to $500 for conference registration and up to $500 for travel expenses). Grant funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis only; grant recipients are required to submit receipts to document expenses. Grant funds are processed after the conference, pending receipt of the Final Report Form and required documentation.
  • Presenting grants for artist fee support require at least a 1:1 cash match. The grant (up to $2,500) must be used to book a 2016 PAE juried showcase artist or South Arts showcase artist for the 2017-2018 season. The artist/company must reside outside of the presenter’s state, and must provide a public performance and an educational component. Applicants must agree to the contract terms and Assurance of Compliance. Grants are subject to approval of an application. Grantees are required to complete a report after the engagement.
  • Grant recipients are required to provide accessibility for constituents with disabilities at grant-funded events. For the purpose of these guidelines,
    Professional Development at PAE

    Professional Development at PAE – Photograph by Bruce France

    accessibility relates to your overall facility and project being accessible to all. The National Endowment for the Arts has resources to assist arts organizations in making accommodations. Please visit the NEA’s website for more information.
  • Annual dues/membership fees (up to $200) for statewide networks will be provided only for NEW membership or organizations that do not have budgeted funds for dues/fees.
  • Grants are NOT transferable to other individuals. All changes must be discussed with South Arts before the conference. Awards may be revised or revoked in light of such changes.
  • Grant awards are subject to funding availability.

Are You Ready to Submit Your Application?

Complete your application and upload the required materials as detailed below. Applicants are encouraged to contact Nikki Estes, Program Director, at 404-874-7244 ext. 16 to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm (Eastern Time) on Monday, February 8, 2016 (extended deadline). Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by email by March 1, 2016. South Arts strictly adheres to deadlines and will NOT accept applications that are late or incomplete. Deadlines are not extended due to inclement weather.

Applicants are required to submit online the following:

  • Application form
  • Résumé
  • A copy of your most recent season brochure
  • Proof of government status (if applicable)