All Sessions Take Place on the 9th Floor
Friday, January 17
Overcoming Structural Racism in Chamber Music Organizations
Many chamber music professionals are examining their organization’s role in identifying and combating structural racism. Using Equity in the Center’s recently published toolkit, Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture, this session will introduce tactics to recognize and address structural racism within an organization. Panelists will present examples from their own organizations and those of their equity partners. Participants will leave with tangible next steps that will lead to change.
Xbox & Oboes: Interactive Media in the Concert Hall
This session, led by a classically trained oboist-turned-trans-media performance specialist, will introduce participants to exciting intersections of technology and music. Attendees will learn about responsive frameworks used to augment performances such as custom electronics and computer code, game controllers, and Arduinos. Examples include live projections, responsive sound, audience participation, and composing with musical robotics. Participants will interact with several projects, take a “behind the curtain” look at how these responsive designs work, and try some collaborative coding. Bring your smartphones, tablets and instruments!
Musicians work tirelessly to bring their artistry and technique to the highest levels possible. But as the chamber music field delves into issues of inclusion and equity, the words “quality” and “excellence” emerge, often as exclusionary factors. This session will examine these and other descriptive words that can become barriers to inclusion, and will offer alternative language that respects and describes the art and artists that comprise the 21st-Century chamber music field.
Building Audiences Through Design Thinking
Presented In Partnership with The Wallace Foundation
While Design Thinking is commonly used by entrepreneurs outside of the arts sector to craft successful innovations, the process’s adaptable, five-part framework–(Understand-Define-Ideate-Prototype-Test)–can also provide an effective method to develop inclusive concert programs and attract new audiences to the performing arts. Using the NEA Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, this session will explain target audiences’ motivations as well as barriers to concert attendance. Participants will apply Design Thinking to their needs, draft concert programs, receive feedback on their ideas, and acquaint themselves with methods to prototype and test concert events. It will conclude by examining concerts that successfully drew diverse audiences, and review audience-building resources available from the NEA, the Wallace Foundation, and others.
Artists Fueling Economic Development: A Case Study of Puerto Rico
Through its arts funding and community support, Chamber Music America’s intervention in Puerto Rico’s post-Hurricane Maria rebuilding efforts have revealed the unique challenges that this culturally rich island faces. In this session, cultural strategists and thought leaders from the island will activate a conversation on how arts presentation is synonymous with community healing, how the environmental and economic challenges of recovery are being transformed into opportunities for economic development, and why the sustainability issues of our Puerto Rico-based colleagues are important to the larger ensemble music field.
Optimizing Your Digital Fundraising
In the last five years, online revenue for nonprofits has increased by almost 80% through digital marketing efforts. How can nonprofits and volunteer-run organizations translate these efforts into effective online fundraising practices? And how can they utilize analytics to gather insights and inform their strategies? In this session, participants will learn the top digital fundraising trends, how to choose the right platform for a particular campaign, how to optimize their donation pages for impact, and how to use social media effectively. Tips and best practices for running successful email fundraising campaigns, crowdfunding, and must-haves for measurement and reporting will be provided. Bring your questions and get ready for an exciting fundraising season. Presented by Whole Whale
Saturday, January 18
The Life Cycle of an Ensemble Residency in Higher Ed
For many ensembles, a residency at a university, conservatory, or music school is the cornerstone of a chamber music career. This session will explore the ways in which ensembles and academic institutions navigate their relationship as it develops over the course of what is often many decades, as well as the innovative residency models that can form a meaningful portion of an ensemble’s career while having a significant impact on students. Join this group of experienced musicians and administrators as they discuss opportunities, tensions, and the residency’s inevitable evolution.
Chamber Music and Activism
For centuries, chamber music has proven its ability to soothe, comfort, and inspire its listeners. But it also has the power to highlight inequities in our communities and help to bring about social change. Two successful artists with rigorous performing and teaching careers will explain how they each founded nonprofit organizations that are serving people in need and bringing public awareness to systemic issues of poverty and homelessness. Join them to find out why and how they are doing it.
Music and Healing: Understanding Cognitive Difference Through Music
How does the power of music affect those with mental illnesses and cognitive differences? Can music help shape our understanding of mental vulnerabilities and help heal those who suffer? In this session, the panel will explore these questions and demonstrate how chamber music performances can be adapted in sensory-friendly ways to accommodate those with autism and other cognitive differences. Panelists will use their experiences in hospital residencies, special education, music therapy, and sensory-friendly programming to introduce effective strategies for using music as a healing art.
Telling Your Story Through Social Media
Presented in partnership with the Wallace Foundation
Given the scarcity of arts journalism, artists and organizations must become champions of their own work. While there is no lack of digital tools and resources available for self-promotion, the platforms provided by Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, email marketing, and websites can be daunting. This session will address the challenges that these platforms present and explore strategies to overcome them. Attendees will acquire new tools to deepen connections with existing audiences, grow the reach for their messaging, and develop engaged communities.
Holistic Health and Sustainable Self-Care Strategies
While traditional music training covers artistry and technique, an important aspect in maintaining a successful career as a musician is often overlooked. Self-care involves knowing what you need as an individual and applying it to your daily life. This session will present useful techniques and self-care tools that can be used to improve and enhance one’s professional and personal capabilities, and explain how to make small changes toward healthy habits with lasting effects. Participants will learn how to adjust their mindset to support their goals, how to make their schedules work for them, and how to direct their energy toward a more rewarding life. This workshop will allow attendees to discuss these topics openly and leave feeling empowered to address their personal needs effectively.
Community Conversation: Holding Space for People of Color
In an effort to help create agency among a constituency that has been historically underrepresented and marginalized, this session is specifically designed to hold space for and center the voices of people of color. Chamber Music America aims to become a more intentionally inclusive institution and to directly address race as a means to examine the organization’s processes, policies, and practices. In an open forum, attendees of this session will have an opportunity to occupy space in community with one another, lift up one another’s work, reflect on the conference experience, and unpack the experience of being a person of color in a historically and predominately white sector. While white allies are valued, it should be emphasized that this space is designated for self-identified people of color. Hosted and facilitated by Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA).
Sunday, January 19
Strategies for Fundraising Success
This extended session is designed to transform participants’ understanding of the concepts, knowledge, and skills they need in order to implement effective fundraising programs. For novices it will serve as an informative introduction. For people with previous experience, it will sharpen skills and illuminate the important connections between fundraising and development. Participants will leave the session having been introduced to a wide variety of development/fundraising strategies, many of which will be directly relevant to their organizations.