Cue the Dies Irae—it’s August. This time of year brings single ticket on-sale day for many performing arts organizations, also known as the day of reckoning. Do the titles that your organization programmed actually resonate with your community? Your single ticket sales will tell you loud and clear.
It’s extremely difficult to program a “perfect” season. Lots of factors play into artistic programming decisions. We have identified nine for our upcoming online workshop on data-driven artistic planning:
- Artistic or program availability
- Time of year (holiday, renewal season, etc)
- Artistic director’s/curator’s vision
- Requests from donors/board
- Artistic needs for the ensemble
- Audience opinion
- Commercial appeal/demand
- Community engagement potential
- Appeal to specific demographic segment
- And, of course, mission
Developing arts patrons as a community
September 21 at 1 ET/10 PT
Seven theatres. 10 seasons of data. One community. Learn what this study reveals about theatre patrons and their buying and giving habits. The importance of audience development and retention shines through, in light of data analysis on how Washington, D.C. theatres are attracting and holding on to patrons. Zoom in on trends in patronage in this community, including new theatre-goers and patrons who attend multiple theatres. Learn about the clusters of patrons in this community who look demographically or transactionally similar. Unlock the secrets of audience behavior that may point to trends in your own community.
|Is there too much theatre for patrons in D.C. to
support? That was one of the questions that
launched this study. Find out the answer in this webinar.
| Keri Mesropov,
VP of Client Services, TRG Arts
ALERT: Arts administrators in your area have been overtaken by a new obsession. Believed to be a relative of the mania induced by Pokémon Go, symptoms include an insatiable desire to find brand new patrons for your organization.
If you’re not obsessed with new audiences, you are really behind the trend. You’re missing out on spending hours and big bucks curating and searching for those you don’t have and yet, want with delirious desire. Some might judge you in quiet. To you, I say:
Good. Bravo. Standing O. You may be on to something.
Yes, we will always need new people to buy tickets to our art in order to ask them back and ask them to commit more through a membership, a subscription and one day, a philanthropic donation. It’s the evolution of an arts patron.
But, before we go spending beyond our means to find new fish for our pond, let’s explore a few facts.
We think of legacy as something finite—the thing, within measure and boundary, that someone leaves behind.
Sometimes it is—a building, a cherished heirloom, a constellation of memories.
And sometimes, among the things that are left behind is a seed, small but powerful.
In the case of our founder and friend Rick Lester, his legacy feels less finite, more expansive. It’s impossible to believe that this month marks three years since he passed unexpectedly while riding the Courage Classic in to support Denver’s Children’s Hospital in the mountains of Colorado. Yet, he started a company that continues to innovate and grow beyond what he’d built. And he’s left more than an office and group of inspired, intellectually curious people.
He also left us a seed.