We’ve been busier than ever this winter, gearing up for exciting new client events, performances and exhibitions, getting involved with national arts advocacy and community-building efforts, and joining a thought-provoking conversation on the future of arts journalism. You can play your part, too! Read on to learn how you can get involved.
Calling all Philadelphians with a great idea for the arts! The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is now accepting applications for the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia. The $9 million community-wide contest seeks the most innovative cultural ideas to engage and enrich Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. The deadline is Oct. 15.
Not sure if you qualify? Anyone can apply, as long as you follow three simple rules:
1) Your idea must be about the arts.
2) Your project must take place in or benefit Philadelphia.
3) You must find funds to match Knight’s commitment, within a year.
The initial application has only two questions. Give Knight your best 150 words on your great idea, and click submit!
Read more about the challenge here.
And apply here.
Get your ideas ready! The third round of the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia will open on Sept. 17. The $9 million initiative from the John S. and James L Knight Foundation seeks the most innovative cultural ideas to engage and enrich Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.
Launched in 2010, the challenge has awarded $5.4 million to 71 ideas to date. Winners, selected from more than 3,000 applications, represent a broad spectrum of the community — from individual artists and artist-driven organizations to some of the city’s premier cultural institutions. Winners have included Darla Jackson’s Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Asian Arts Initiative’s Neighborhood Spotlight Series, Franklin Paine Skatepark Fund’s Skateable City, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra’s iConduct!, and the Association for Public Art’s upcoming Open Air (pictured here), among many others.
In a time when funding opportunities for the arts are being cut left and right, what could be better than the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (a Canary Promotion client) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) offering up to $100,000 (per project) for innovative new models for local arts journalism? Read more »
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) kicked off this week, and the biggest question on the minds of any arts lover is how to choose from the vast list of performances and events. So we pulled up our Edith Piaf Pandora station, poured through the packed calendar, and made our picks. First, we’ll tell you about our clients’ excellent PIFA offerings, and then give you a few other Canary staff picks.
Paris map from the Rosenbach Museum & Library’s Exile Among ExpatsRead more »
Last week I spoke to a fantastic group of artists at a Leeway Foundation workshop focused on marketing for individual artists. Attendees ranged from artists just starting to develop their careers to mid- and late-career artists with published books, years of travel, and numerous performances under their belts.
The panel of speakers was equally diverse and offered a wealth of valuable information about how to market oneself as an artist.
My topic of choice addressed how to approach the media and create successful working relationships with members of the press. With so much to discuss, I started to think about what tips I could share in a limited period of time, and I came up with a list of some essential elements for working with the media.
Canary Promotion founder & president, Megan Wendell shares some favorite experiences from the past year. Some are Canary clients; some are not. How lucky are we to work with clients who consistently make such inspiring work that we can’t stop talking about it a year later? Read more »
Recently, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage released anAudience Engagement Studyon one of our client projects – Brat Productions’ 2009 smash-hit Haunted Poe, which received funding from Marketing Innovation Project. The production pulled in an audience of 5,347 theatergoers last Halloween season – a record-breaking number for the company – and perhaps most notably, approximately 3,700 members of that audience were NEW theatergoers.
The study considers how the show’s run was positively impacted by the work of our media relations team here at Canary Promotion, in conjunction with marketing and community outreach by the folks at Lime Projects.
We’re thrilled to have our work highlighted in the study which says, “Press coverage of these events, secured by Canary Promotion, led to a growing citywide awareness of Haunted Poe, along with the media-rich blog, and the launch of a viral engagement campaign on Facebook and Twitter… With local free newspaper Philadelphia Weekly on board as the exclusive media sponsor of Haunted Poe, print, online, TV and radio outlets reported on everything from Poe’s Philadelphia connections to the live cockroaches and other macabre elements of the show.”
You can read the full study on the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage website, here.
We’re happy to be handling media relations again, in addition to marketing and social media outreach, for Brat Production’s next theatrical event. Carrie, Erik Jackson’s black comedy adaptation of Stephen King’s legendary 1979 novel runs October 6 - November 7, 2010 at Underground Arts at the Wolf Building, starring Erik Ransom as the iconic telekinetic outcast for a gender-bent twist. Stay tuned!