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DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center

Performers in Transition Arts Management Training Program

A Training Program for Performing Artists

The Performers in Transition Arts Management Training Program is a program of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center designed to train professional performing artists with a proven dedication to transition into arts management. A structured blend of formal and hands-on training, the Program combines arts management training with applied experience in producing a performance with a Brooklyn based organization.

The Program is offered in conjunction with the BAM Professional Development Program, a collaboration between the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the DeVos Institute. The BAM PDP will provide professional development training and deeply discounted theater and rehearsal studio rental to a select group of Brooklyn non-profit organizations each year.

The 2014 Program is Open to Professional Performing Artists working in New York City

Why the Performers in Transition Program?

For some professional artists – whose performance careers can be limited by age and or financial and geographic mobility – a career in management is one way to continue their contribution to a field they love. Years of dedication and industry experience form a valuable basis for such a transition. Unfortunately, there are precious few opportunities for professional performers to gain the practical experience and training required to make them competitive for management jobs.The Performers in Transition Training Program, designed for professional performers nearing or at the end of their performance career, provides that opportunity.

Participants complete in a series of six management workshops; shadow the Executive Director of a BAM PDP organization; and gain hands-on experience by supporting the planning and production of the organization's culminating performance in BAM's new Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman Theater Space.

The 2014-15 Fellowship includes:

  • Opportunity to shadow an Executive Director of an assigned dance organization and participate in the producing process for a performance in the Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman Theater Space
  • Six half-day workshops with DVIAM and BAM leadership in key management areas including Artistic Planning, Programmatic and Institutional , Marketing(Visibility), Fundraising and Board Development and Production Management;
  • Ongoing access to an online resource library; and
  • Ongoing access to a community of fellow participants and program alumni

Participation is free of charge for successful applicants.

Applicant Criteria:

  • Minimum of six years professional performing experience where performing was your primary source of employment. Please provide a letter from your current or previous employer to support this criterion.
  • Reside within commuting distance to New York City
  • Able to attend all program seminars (See dates below)
  • Able to commit 40 training hours with the producing organization over the course of the program to support the planning and production of the organization's culminating performance to occur over a two-week rehearsal and performance period in April 2015 - March 2016. (Timing of hours will be mutually agreed upon between participant and the host organization)

* Workshops will take place on Monday evenings to avoid, where possible, conflicts with performance and rehearsal schedules.

Download a Brochure Here

Program Timeline

Date Step
August 21, 2014 Fellowship Application Deadline
Early September 2014 Fellowship Applicants Selected/Announced
September 17, 2014 – 3:00 – 7:00 PM Session 1 – Program Introduction: Planning for Success in the Arts & Kick-off Reception
October 6, 2014 – 1:00 – 6:00 PM Session 2 – Artistic Planning & Institutional Marketing
November 17, 2014 – 1:00 – 6:00 PM Session 3 – Programmatic Marketing
January 12, 2015 – 1:00 – 6:00 PM Session 4 – Fundraising and Board Development
March 9, 2015 – 1:00 – 6:00 PM Session 5 – Production Management: Planning the Production
May 11, 2015 – 5:00 – 8:00 PM Session 6 – Strategic Planning & Program Conclusion

About the BAM Professional Development Program

BAM Professional Development Program (PDP), housed at the new BAM Richard B. Fisher Building, is a collaboration between BAM and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center (DVIAM). The 14 month-long program utilizes the strengths of both institutions to provide professional development training and deeply discounted theater and rehearsal studio rental to an annual selection of qualifying Brooklyn non-profit arts organizations.

Through the program, BAM and DVIAM strive to help arts organizations expand their skill base, increase their institutional capacity and build necessary foundations for their long-term success. The program will culminate with each participating company presenting a self-funded production in the Judith R. and Alan H. Fishman Theater Space at the BAM Richard B. Fisher Building. Subsidies for the BAM Professional Development Program provided through the Brooklyn Community Foundation Arts Access Fund. Leadership support for the BAM Professional Development Program provided by The New York Community Trust.

How to Apply

Email the following materials to artsmanager@kennedy-center.org:

  • Download and complete the application
  • Submit two resumes describing your professional performing career and other relevant employment
    • Resumes should be uploaded to the application
  • Submit a letter supporting your eligibility
    • The letter should be from a current or former employer and support, in general terms, that you meet the minimum criterion of six years professional performing experience where performing was your primary source of employment and you are dedicated to transitioning into arts management. All experience need not be with the same organization. Multiple letters are not necessary.
    • Letters can be emailed with your application or sent directly by the reference to artsmanager@kennedy-center.org

All application materials submitted become the confidential property of the Kennedy Center and are not returnable.

Select candidates will be contacted via email for a virtual interview. Applicants will be notified early September 2014.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:59pm. Early submission of the application is welcome and encouraged. Applicants who submit their application prior to August 21 will be contacted for interviews on a rolling basis following their submission date.

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Questions?

For questions about the DeVos Institute Fellowships, please contact Syrah Gunning at artsmanager@kennedy-center.org or 202-416-8897.