The SAANBox - January 11, 2017


January 11, 2017




Arts Advocacy Day
March 20–21, 2017

Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC

The 30th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy
March 20, 2017
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC

2017 Annual Convention
June 16 - 18, 2017

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, California

National Arts Marketing Project Conference
November 10-13, 2017

The Peabody Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee


SAAN Spring Meeting
March 19, 2017

Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC

SAAN Summer Meeting
June 15, 2017

San Francisco, CA


Georgia Arts Day
January 24, 2017
Atlanta, GA

Virginia Arts Advocacy Day
January 25-26, 2017
Richmond, VA

South Carolina Arts Advocacy Day
February 7, 2017
Columbia, SC

Missouri Citizens for the Arts Day
February 8, 2017

Jefferson City, MO

Nebraska Arts Advocacy Day
February 9, 2017

Lincoln, NE

Texas Arts Advocacy Day
February 9, 2017 

Austin, TX

Maryland Arts Day
February 14, 2017
Annapolis, MD

Utah Arts Day on the Hill
February 14, 2017
Salt Lake City, UT

Minnesota Arts Advocacy Day
February 28, 2017
St. Paul, MN

Maine Advocacy Day
March 8, 2017
Augusta, ME

Wisconsin Arts Day
March 9, 2017
Madison, WI

Alabama Arts Advocacy Conference
March 14-15, 2017

Montgomery, AL

Arizona Arts Congress

March 14, 2017

Phoenix, AZ

Missouri Fine Arts Education Day
March 29, 2017
Jefferson City, MO

North Carolina Arts Day
March 28-29, 2017
Raleigh, NC

Oklahoma Arts Day
April 12, 2017
Oklahoma City, OK

If you have any events to be posted, please contact Lizzie Dorman




State and Local News

State (Film Tax Credits)

§  Film tax credit supporters in Indiana anticipate a bill to be introduced in the 2017 legislative session to support a new film tax credit program. A previous program reached its sunset date in 2012 and was not renewed. The new The Indiana Film and Media Production Incentive Program would provide qualifying tax credits equal to 30 percent of in-state labor expenditures, 20 percent of in-state production expenditures, or 35 percent of Indiana workforce training expenditures. The workforce training provision would serve as an incentive for film production companies to hire Indiana university students. Stay tuned for future SAANBox updates.

§  A recently proposed Wyoming bill, Senate File 24, would create a film tax credit program to attract movies, commercials, and music video shoots. Sponsored by the state's Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife & Cultural Resources Interim Committee, SF 24 would replace the previous incentive that ended in June 2016. SF 24 would match funds from local lodging taxes to support local film production opportunities. Qualified producers would be eligible to be reimbursed up to 15 percent of their local expenses, if they totaled at least $200,000. The SAANBox will report back when updates are available.

§  Oklahoma State Senator Micheal Bergstrom (R- Adair) filed Senate Bill 41 to move up the current film industry tax credit program's sunset date from July 1, 2024 to January 1, 2018. Also known as the Compete with Canada Film Act, the program was enacted in 2001 and was renewed in 2014 by HB 2580 to extend into the year 2024. The program has an annual budget cap of $5 million. Oklahoma's state budget is facing a large deficit, and Sen. Bergstrom stated he wishes to redirect funding from the program to other areas like education. Stay tuned for more SAANBox updates.


In a SAANBox update, a judge dismissed the American Beverage Association's anti-tax lawsuit filed against the city of PhiladelphiaIn June 2016, the Philadelphia City Council approved the 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages; it was the first major U.S. city to enact a "soda tax". Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was a major proponent of the soda tax. The soda tax is expected to raise about $91 million annually and will be spent on "expanding prekindergarten programs in the city; creating community schools; improving parks, recreation centers, and libraries; and offering a tax credit for businesses that sell healthy beverages." As a result of the judge's dismissal, the tax officially went into effect on January 1, 2017.


SAAN Member Shout Out


SAAN member Kentuckians for the Arts' Aldy Milliken was highlighted in WFPL News Louisville's piece, "After Going Viral, What 'Year Of The Artist' Means To Aldy Milliken." After posting his Facebook status, "within a few hours, Milliken's status and the corresponding hashtag #theyearoftheartist2017 had been shared by hundreds of artists across the state."


SAANBox Recommended Read

Check out CQ Roll Call's "Seven State Policy Issues to Watch in 2017," written by John Haughey. State legislatures will be honing in on issues such as: balancing budgets while looking to slash taxes, raising gas taxes for infrastructure costs, online sales tax, gun control, battling opiod abuse, "sanctuary city" scrutiny, and marijuana laws by legislation than ballot measures.


Bulletin Board

§  2017 BCA 10 Awards – Call for nominations

Nominations are open! We're looking for the best businesses in America partnering with the arts. Presented annually by Americans for the Arts' Business Committee for the Arts, the BCA 10 Awards recognize the 10 best businesses partnering with the arts in America. Past honorees include AutoZone, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Edward Jones, John Deere, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Scholastic, and many other businesses of all sizes. 

Help us recognize great companies by nominating a business in your community that partners with the arts. Nominations close January 13, 2017. For more information, go to If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Gaines at

Learn more about the BCA 10 Awards at and view photos from this year's event. All honorees will be celebrated at the BCA 10 black-tie gala in New York City in October 2017.

§  The 30th Annual Arts Advocacy Day will take place this spring on March 20–21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Arts Advocacy Day is the largest conference of its kind and is the time to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill. Click here to register. Please note: if you are a state captain and haven't registered yet, please email Lizzie Dorman about your registration. 

We look forward to seeing you in March!

§  Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, will give the 30th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy. Walker will deliver the lecture onMarch 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Nancy Hanks Lecture is free, but seating is limited. RSVP here for 2 free tickets by March 13, 2017.

§  Final pARTnership Movement Essay "Contribute to the Economy & Quality of Life" Now Available
The arts create jobs, spur urban renewal, attract new businesses, generate tourism revenue and foster an environment that appeals to a skilled and educated workforce. By partnering with arts organizations, you can strengthen the health and vitality of our neighborhoods, cities, states and nation. The essay features case studies from ArtsBrookfield and Houston, TX.


Tech Talk

Upcoming 4Good Webinars (free)

§  Finding New Donors for 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm ET

Did you know that over 75% of funding comes from individuals? It costs twice as much to find new donors as it does to keep your existing donors.

When you follow the tips outlined in this webinar, you'll learn how to prevent donor attrition and develop new donor relationships. Our methods are tailored to suit your needs and can integrate easily into your current stewardship efforts. Finally, a webinar that guides you every step of the way to recruit and keep your donors too!

§  Mastering the Needs Section of Your Grant Proposal
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm ET

The needs section is the most important section of a grant proposal. If the need for your project is unclear, reviewers will be frustrated and your efforts (at both fundraising and implementation) are likely to fail.

This webinar, led by a grant writer with more than 20 years of experience, takes an in-depth look at how to properly explain and document compelling needs.


- Litmus tests of whether a need is properly cited and explained.
- The most common (avoidable) pitfalls when writing a needs section. 
- Tips for using needs to make your proposal stand out.
- How to research and document needs.

§  Major Gifts Magic: Learn to Make Powerful 'Moves' and Passionate 'Asks'
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm ET 

Asking is scary. As a result, too often nonprofits spend tons of time cultivating, cultivating and cultivating. But they never get to the ask! Or, if they do, they leave money on the table. To assure that you cut to the chase requires a plan and a disciplined approach. In this webinar we'll learn the "magic" formulas: (1) How to powerfully cultivate donors so they're predisposed to say "yes;" (2) When the time is ripe for the ask, and (3) How to do it so you get the most successful outcome possible.

Takeaways include:

- Using moves management to know when a prospect is ready
- Overcoming asking anxiety
- Knowing who to involve in the ask
- Inviting investment
- Asking strategies: What works; what doesn't?
- Overcoming objections

§  The Role of Staff and Volunteer Leadership in the Development Process
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm ET

Successful fundraising requires a unique combination of professional and volunteer leadership. Your organization may have the people who can fundraise for your annual fund (or a capital campaign). This webinar is designed to help your staff and volunteers know what they can or should do to help raise vitals funds for your agency's sustainability.

This online seminar will explain who among your leadership should:
- Create a development plan
- Help solicit gifts
- Engage others in the fundraising efforts
- Coordinate various aspects of the annual campaign
- Coach others to help in fundraising
- Identify the best prospects within your organization
- Cultivate your prospects and donors
- Steward donors throughout the year
- Excite others about the opportunity to give

§  Grant Strategy for CEOs, Directors, and Board Members: What You Need to Know to Succeed
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm ET

Most nonprofits need to attract grants to help pursue their missions or carry out specific programs. But perhaps -- like many other nonprofit executives -- you have been less than thrilled with the results of your organization's grantseeking efforts. How can you boost your team's efficiency and effectiveness? What can you do on a managerial level to empower your grantseekers to be more successful?

In this webinar you will learn some strategic tips to get the most out of your grantseeking dollars. We'll cover:

- Why you must set up for success – whether you're using staff, consultants, or volunteers
- How to ensure that your organization is ready to seek the grants you need 
- Strategic decisions you will need to make
- How to rally the organizational capacity you will need 
- How to prepare for the informational needs of grantseekers


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 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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