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10/24/11 - Trust grant to BAM helps start program to strengthen small arts groups

A $100,000 grant helped start this professional development program. Daniel P. Tucker reports for WNYC radio.

Dance Companies Apply for Business Training to Get a Leg Up

Monday, October 24, 2011
By Daniel P. Tucker

Small to mid-sized Brooklyn performing arts dance companies can now apply for free professional development through the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.

The goal of the 14-month program is to help arts non-profits improve the business behind their art by bolstering their financial management, marketing and strategic planning skills.

"A lot of times, smaller organizations focus so much on the creative," said Tamara McCaw, the director of BAM's government and community affairs division. "But you need to be able to market. You need to be able to have those people in those seats and you need to be able to fund-raise."

The program will offer business training to six Brooklyn dance companies or performing arts groups that incorporate dance into their business development programs. Groups selected will also be offered deeply-subsidized rehearsal spaces.

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