Newsletter: The SAANBox (Jul 6)



July 6, 2016




National Arts Marketing Project Conference
November 11-14, 2016

Hilton Austin
Austin, Texas

2017 Annual Convention
June 16 - 18, 2017

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, California


SAAN Fall Meeting
September 15-17, 2016

Grand Rapids, MI


If you have any events to be posted, please contact Lizzie Dorman at[email protected].




State and Local News

State Budgets

§  In a SAANBox update, California Governor Jerry Brown approved a $10.8 million funding increase for programs of the California Arts Council (CAC) on June 28. The newly passed state budget includes a $6.8 million one-time increase for the CAC and an additional $4 million ongoing allocation for the state's Arts in Corrections program. State support for the CAC in fiscal year 2016-17 will amount to about $21.1 million, including designated funding for Arts in Corrections. For more information, check out CAC's press release and the governor office's press release.

§  Breaking a historic state budget impasse, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature came to a short-term budget deal for fiscal year 2016 on June 30. State legislators approved legislation which will complete the current fiscal year, fund fiscal 2017 through December 2016, and ensure that schools will open in the fall. With the stopgap budget, the Illinois Arts Council Agency will receive an appropriation of $5,000,000 for July 1, 2015 to January 1, 2017 along with $500,000 for the Arts and Foreign Language program. Stay tuned for future SAANBox updates.

Film and Music Tax Credits

§  The New York state legislature approved on June 16 the Empire State Music Production Tax Credit, which will provide a 25% tax break for eligible music-production-related costs and a 35% credit for all productions outside of New York City. Qualifying production costs for the tax break include studio rental fees, mixing, session-musician salaries, engineering and mastering services. Sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) and Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) the bill caps the tax break at $25 million per year. To be eligible for the credit, production companies must produce 75 percent of their project in New York. Now awaiting New York Governor Cuomo's signature, the tax credit would go into effect immediately and will sunset on Dec. 31, 2019 if passed.

§  In Ohio, Governor John Kasich approved on June 30 the newly revised Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, which raises the annual movie production incentive cap from $5 million to $40 million. The newly passed credit also changes the incentive rate to 30 percent on all production dollars spent in Ohio. According to a recent study, the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission generated more than $54 million for the Greater Cincinnati economy and created more than 8,800 jobs over the last two years.

§  According to the Louisiana Film Entertainment Association, the state's film industry was down by as much as 90 percent this past year, most likely due to state lawmakers' decision to cap its film tax credit program in last year's legislative session. On July 5, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the Louisiana Economic Development will review the state's tax credit program in order to provide recommendations for reform and best practices that to be addressed in the 2017 fiscal session. The governor's office stated that the "goal will be a sustainable Louisiana film and TV production industry that provides fiscal predictability for the state." Stay tuned for future SAANBox updates.



Indiana & Michigan Libraries Honored for Service to Blind

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in the Library of Congress, recognized on June 9 two libraries for outstanding service to readers who are visually or physically disabled. The Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library (ITBBL) in Indianapolis received the Network Library of the Year Award. The Kent District Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, an advisory and outreach center of the Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library, will receive the first Network Advisory and Outreach Center of the Year Award.

Click here for more information.


Bulletin Board

§  Save the Date: the 2016 Fall SAAN meeting will be in Grand Rapids, MI on September 15-17, 2016

The SAAN meeting will be collocated with the State Policy Pilot Program and theNational Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)'s Assembly 2016. Also of note is that the SAAN meeting will take place during ArtPrize's Preview Week. Please note that if you are a member of the State Policy Pilot Program, your meeting will extend to Sunday, September 18. 

In Grand Rapids, we will have stand-alone SAAN member-only sessions and will also have joint programming with NASAA, such as the "Joint State Arts Agency/State Arts Action Network Forum" on Saturday, September 17 from 1:15 to 3:15 pm.

Keep an eye on your inbox for the SAAN meeting registration link and more details on hotel booking information!

§  As a member of Americans for the Arts, you have the opportunity to apply for several scholarships to attend the 2016 National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conferencefrom November 11-14 in Austin, TX.

A combination of full ride, main conference, and preconference scholarship opportunities are available to assist arts marketers and audience engagement professionals interested in attending this year's conference. #NAMPC is an exciting opportunity for arts marketers to gain access to new market research, audience engagement strategies and to network with their peers.

This year's Conference will focus on Fueling Change – how to successfully maintain organizational relevance while building sustainability, and how to capitalize on Change to fuel inventive and unconventional thinking, forward-thinking solutions, and a willingness to experiment.

The deadline to submit a scholarship is Wednesday, July 20 at 11:59 PM (EST). Interested applicants must be individual members of Americans for the Arts or receiving benefits through a member organization. 

Apply Today!

Scholarships are also available to members who live and work in the greater Austin area thanks to support from the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division and the Austin Emerging Leaders Network.

Questions email [email protected]

§  New National Study on Community Arts Training & Support Released 

Intermedia Arts, in conjunction with Americans for the Arts / Animating Democracy, has released a new research paper, Options for Community Arts Training & Support, a national study of local arts agencies that assessed community arts activity and training opportunities. The study was conducted by William Cleveland and the Center for the Study of Art and Community, and the study cohort was comprised of leadership from 423 local arts agencies who had previously indicated their interest and/or involvement in community arts programming in the 2015 Americans for the Arts Local Arts Agency Census.

The study's purpose was two-fold: to provide a greater understanding of the demand and availability of arts-based community development training; and to investigate how the benefits of Intermedia Arts' Creative Community Leadership Institute could be made accessible for a broader range of communities.

Read more and check it out!


Tech Talk

ArtsU Learning Opportunities

§  Virtual Conversation: #ArtsEdChat
Monday, July 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm ET

Rural education has become a hot button issue for student, parents, educators and administrators across the country. What are the best solutions? How do we enact policies of equity? How do the arts enhance education in the rural context?As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward. The #ArtsEdChat on Rural Education provides a forum for introductory learning about this growing trend. Use #RuralEd to follow the conversation.

Twitter participants will be connected to experts in the field of Early Childhood Education to inform their practice or exploration of the field or work in their community.#ArtsEdChat 

§  Virtual Conversation: Community Engagement Resource Exchange (CERE)
Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm ET

Americans for the Arts and ArtsEngaged will present a series of conversations addressing issues of importance for furthering community engagement work. Hosted by Barbara Schaffer Bacon and Doug Borwick, the events will provide information, address questions and concerns, and offer an opportunity for participants to share success stories and lessons learned from their own experience. The conversations will make use of a virtual meeting platform and opportunities for dialogue will be emphasized.

While of primary interest to community engagement advocates working in nonprofit arts organizations, the conversations welcome anyone interested in creating stronger connections between the arts and communities.

The objective of these calls is to create a network for arts professionals working on community engagement for peer-to-peer learning and mentoring. #artsengage

Nonprofit 4 Good Webinars

§  How to Create an Effective Donate Page
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm ET

Have you tried emailing people to get them to give, with few results?

How can you get people to click donate on your website? In this webinar, you'll learn how to get this done.

With this webinar you'll be able to start to get donations on your nonprofit website. You'll be able to take your donors up the ladder of engagement, you'll be able to prove to them that you are trustworthy, and that your mission truly makes a difference.

You'll learn what your donors want the most. You'll learn how to vet a mailing list. You'll also learn how to get more donors to sign up for your email newsletter using social media AND on your website, and, finally, the right words to help people open your emails and get on with donating to your cause!

You Will Learn:

- Steps 1-5 in the ladder of engagement
- How to collect emails with social media
- What kind of images help people give to your cause
- 4 ways to use social proof to help people donate
- 22 Key words to make donors open your emails
- Dos and Dont's- Lots of examples of bad donate pages PLUS
- Stupendous donate pages: How to get people to go click donate

§  It's a RAP! Creating a Relationship Action Plan for YOUR Major Donors
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm ET 

Your major donors - the folks that make transformations in your organization.

What's the next step? Is this "in your head?" If we don't know where we're going, any road will do and it could be a chaotic journey.

In this entertaining session, you'll learn how to move from reactive to proactive. 
How often should you connect?
Should you have partners? Who? 
How do you best respect and serve the donor while still engaging them towards a major gift?

These are your VERY BEST FRIENDS – treat them well!

We'll discuss:
- Just what is a Relationship Action Plan – learn the 6 key elements
- Why is this Plan SO important to your success?
- How do RAPS help you with time management and overwhelm?
- What is the role of the partners?
- How do these Major Gift Actions fit into everything else you are doing?
- Go step by step through the 10-steps for creating a RAP including:
- Ranking your prospective givers
- Setting giving goals – short and long term
- Determining the best next steps
- Getting the plan done – not just putting it on the shelf
- How do you create a plan that works for you?


Call for Spotlight Submissions

The SAANBox invites its readers to submit recommendations for future SAANBox Spotlight profiles

We invite you to recommend an individual or program that does noteworthy work in arts and/or arts education advocacy at the state or local level to be highlighted in the SAANBox.

Please send all submissions to Lizzie Dorman at [email protected]. With your recommendations, please include a contact name and email address of the nominated individual and/or program for follow-up.






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