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South Arts Invites Proposals for Contract Work as Performing Arts Discovery Project Coordinator

Monday, November 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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South Arts is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to work as the Performing Arts Discovery ("PAD”) Project Coordinator. The PAD Coordinator is an 18-month contract position which plans and implements the Performing Arts Discovery program.

The Performing Arts Discovery Program is a pilot program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

South Arts will work collaboratively with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) and New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) to introduce presenters from outside the United States to artists representing quintessentially American music – traditional/folk, Native American, jazz, blues, Gospel, zydeco, country, and bluegrass. This music has deep roots across the entire East Coast, and this project will allow us to enable creative connections between our artists and international audiences.

South Arts, in conjunction with MAAF and NEFA, will bring international presenters to see a diverse array of Southern and New England artists about, notably jazz and traditional music. This project will help develop effective and efficient methods of engaging presenters from abroad, with the ultimate goal of enabling international tours for artists from the eastern United States. Invited presenters – from established European festivals, and from markets across Africa and Asia that are often underrepresented in the U.S. marketplace – will attend multiple southern festivals and conferences to see artist showcases, meet with artists’ representation, and receive professional development about the context of these art forms.

It is anticipated that one cohort of presenters will visit the World of Bluegrass and Performing Arts

Exchange conferences September 26 – October 1, 2016; and a second cohort of presenters will attend two music festivals in spring 2017 (e.g. Jazz and Heritage Festival/New Orleans, Merlefest/Apr-May 2017).

Scope of Work

South Arts seeks a consultant/team with project management skills and knowledge in the areas of international performing arts touring and presenting, including aesthetic, logistical and administrative elements. Familiarity with the art forms of jazz and traditional American music is a plus, as are established relationships with networks of presenters from the target locations, and/or the prime festivals. The selected consultant will need to be proactive in establishing relationships with the targeted presenters, artists, festivals, artistic advisors and scholars.  Artistic Advisors are individuals who can assist in the curation of artists and selections of festival performances on which to focus; Scholars are academics and/or folklorists who will provide historical and contextual education to invited presenters, providing insight into the particular musical genres they will experience. The approximation of time is 300-350 hours plus 20 total days of on-site work. This is not a site-specific position; except for on-site festival tasks, the consultant will work from his/her own location.

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