Bloomberg Philanthropies announced this week the cities that will participate in the second round of its Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. AIM was initially tested in New York City in 2011 and was officially launched in 2015 in six U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In addition to offering funding to selected organizations throughout the program’s two-year duration, the staffs of participating non-profits receive management training that looks toward improvements in fundraising, and how to “increase audiences, engage board members and develop strategic plans.”
The requirements for the program are pretty straightforward: selected organizations are expected to actively participate in the management training, manage their data using the DataArts program, secure contributions from their boards of trustees, and secure 20% of their AIM grant in matching funds. The program is invitation only, and non-profits have to be at least two years old to participate.
Some Austin-area organizations have struggled with operating costs in recent years due to rising rents in the city. For example, AIM grantee Salvage Vanguard Theater, a stalwart of the East Austin theatre scene, lost its lease in 2016. Other non-profits will likely use funds from the AIM program on existing projects, like the Mexic-Arte Museum, which is currently working on revitalizing its building.
The 26 Austin-area organizations participating in AIM include:
Austin Chamber Music Center
Austin Classical Guitar
Austin Creative Alliance
Austin Film Festival
Austin Film Society
Austin Music Foundation
Austin Shakespeare Festival
Center For Women & Their Work
Esquina Tango Cultural Society Of Austin
Penfold Theatre Company
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance
Roy Lozano Ballet Folklorico De Texas
Rude Mechanicals-A Theatre Collective
Salvage Vanguard Theater
Vortex Repertory Company
To see a full list of AIM participants from all seven cities, go here.