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Arts Funding: What's Next?
With all the news flying around regarding the upcoming federal budget proposal and potential cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, it's hard to know how concerned to be regarding the threats to both national and state arts funding. MCACA Executive Director John Bracey says he's not overly concerned, but "vigilant", citing the history of periodic threats of defunding federal arts agencies.

At this point, it is difficult to predict what the future will bring across the board in arts funding. Until we do have a clearer picture, Michigan Presenters encourages it's member organizations to be informed and engaged. Keep up on the facts and proposals, have discussions with your government representatives at all levels regarding local, state and federal arts funding, and let your audiences know how much their continued support for the arts is appreciated and needed.

The National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington DC is March 20-21. Even if you can't join in the conversation on Capitol Hill, take the opportunity to start a conversation in your community. Americans for the Arts has some resources to help you get started.

 Membership Dues Deadline Extended

Our Membership and Dues Campaign has been extended to March 15 .

Member dues are $100 annually and include one voting member and unlimited associate members. Dues are now due by March 15 and can be paid via check or via our website. 2018 dues will automatically be billed in January 2018.

If you have an organization in your area that we should reach out to, please email your suggestion to

The board's goal is to create value in this organization and make it worthwhile for our member organizations to be a part of this group. We welcome your feedback, ideas, and suggestions at this point as 2017 moves forward. The board has three main goals: bring back the annual conference, reinstate our non-profit status, and create value in our meetings and communications.  To accomplish these items, however, we need members to work with and work for, and we hope you will join us again in 2017.

City Opera House in Traverse City

Getting to Know Our Members (a monthly member profile)

City Opera House

Location: Traverse City

Mission Statement: To promote and nurture City Opera House as a regional hub for connecting people to the arts and each other.

Programming: City Opera House is the only Victorian opera house in Michigan to offer two Performing Arts Series - Auto-Owners Insurance Performing Arts at City Opera House and Auto-Owners Insurance LIVE at City Opera House. Additionally, COH offers arts education (youth/adult) and several public and private rental events.   Annually, City Opera House hosts over 250 events and 60,000 patrons.  City Opera House is the venue of choice for National Writers Series, Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, SwingShift and the Stars, Picnic at the Opera and more.

Looking to collaborate/route programming? Yes, absolutely!  Currently, COH collaborates with managing partner, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, to present both series. In addition, COH works collaboratively to co-present or route high-caliber shows, which serve the mission.  COH also works with presenters/promoters have also rent the venue and presented their own shows independently.

Celebrating 125 years, City Opera House is the destination attraction for quality arts and cultural entertainment, arts education, and public and private gatherings in Downtown Traverse City. The 680-seat theater’s unparalleled Victorian charm, superior acoustic quality, and accessible location all add up to an intimate and unique venue for both patrons and performers.

News You Can Use

Industry news, research, reports, and grants
Congratulations to past president Bryan Jao on his move to from the Wharton Center to Chief Program Officer at Midland Center for the Arts!

Pay It Forward: In Tickets?
Rome theater uses "suspended coffee" tradition to make theater more accessible

On Philanthropy: Seven tends to expect in 2017

The pARTnership Movement Essay Series
These case studies profile successful business-arts partnerships from across the nation and the benefits to those businesses by way of engaging employees, enhancing their brand, and building vibrant communities.

Ballet Austin: Expanding Audiences for Unfamiliar Works
How one arts organization is using research to find new, effective ways to engage audiences with all forms of ballet

Grant Deadlines
Arts Midwest Touring Fund: April 25, 2017
2017 Arts & Humanities Touring Grants: ongoing through 2017

Grants to keep an eye on
National Endowment for the Humanities: See deadlines here
National Endowment for the Arts: See deadlines here
NEA Big Read: Information for 2018 here
Shakespeare in American Communities: Information for 2018 here

Grant and Nonprofit Resources
The Council of Michigan Foundations is a great place to start in looking for new grant opportunities.
Michigan Nonprofit Network has research, resources, and support for Michigan nonprofits.
Johnson Center at GVSU: Learn more about the current trends and best practices for today's grantmakers
Americans for the Arts Funding Resources

Has your organization received a grant from an under-the-radar foundation or granting organization? Send details to and we'll include a listing in our monthly newsletter.


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