This is such a broad category that I hesitate to even give examples. So, I would like to start by asking “what is your challenge.” If I don’t feel I can help you solve that challenge, I will say so and recommend where you can seek advice.
But here is a short list of possibilities with which I feel most experienced and may ignite other thoughts.
- Performing Arts Showcasing Critique and Coaching: What do you need to do to grab the attention of presenters in a 10-20 minute showcase? Although I can critique a video or via Skype, seeing the showcase in person is the most productive way to offer advice and make improvements. After all, showcases are all about live performance. I have seen hundreds of showcases and adjudicated dozens and know what most presenters want. Check out my blog post on my overriding thoughts about showcasing.
- Board Development: Who should be on your board, what power should they have, how much should they contribute, and how do you get them and keep them engaged?
- Outreach: What works in your community or your campus to get buy-in for your organization, your performances, your artists, your events? How can you overcome challenges of our increasingly complicated education system?
- Mentoring: If you are new to this work as a touring artist, presenter, agent, manager, or organization leader, let me help you get off the ground.
- Messaging Critique: Are your printed materials, web site, logos, videos, and other materials saying what you want them to say? What about messages your staff and other stakeholders are telescoping?
- Strategic Planning: Certainly an overused and often misunderstood concept, but it’s one born out of a need to keep moving forward, making your work relevant and dynamic. Do you have a mission, a vision, goals, purpose, direction? Is it a dynamic, adaptive plan? Do you need to take an audit of your mission and plans?
- Press Kit Analysis: Is your arsenal of press materials ample to convince presenters to book your artist and is it what presenters need to sell tickets? As a presenter, do you have the right content and materials to engage your audiences and sell seats?
- Grant Application Review: Is your narrative matching a grant’s directive in order to give you the best chance of bringing in the funding?
- Budget Analysis: Is your budget based on reality and with enough forward funds in case of that wallet-busting emergency?
- Political Advocacy: How is your organization poised to advance the need for public support and political awareness on the local and state level? Are you effectively reaching your elected officials? How can you best support the cause of the arts in our society?
- Tour Advance and Management: As and artist or artist manager, you may be overwhelmed with advancing the hospitality aspects of a tour or even just a single engagement. I am a stickler for organization and communication, so put your faith in my experience. I can also assist with being an on-site company manager for part or all of a tour.
- Artist Appreciation: An odd titled subject, but how many artists really understand the business side of touring? Are you an agent or manager that struggles to get your artists to appreciate the work involved in your getting bookings? How can I help make them understand the totality of our business?
- Field Representation: Do you need someone to represent you at a festival, at a performance, scout a prospective artist for your roster, or gather information don’t have the time or the staff to cover it all?
- What else? I don’t pretend to be able to help in every situation, but I do possess a problem-solving, positive attitude. So, let’s talk.