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Annual Membership Conference Schedule and Sponsors

The schedule below is as of April 22, 2015. Schedule subject to change.
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Wednesday, May 27
8:30am Registration

Pre-Conference Session: Working in the Arts: How to Navigate a Career in a Non-Traditional Field

In increasingly fast-paced and challenging economic times, we are constantly expected to demonstrate the value of the work we put on our stages and in general, the value of the performing arts in our society. We are also confronted with our personal choices to accept these responsibilities as stewards for the arts. What will keep us in the field for the long haul?  How much turnover is “normal?” If the path is non-linear, when do you make a change?  And then how do you determine what’s next?  This session will include informal interviews with practitioners among us, from institutions and presenting organizations of all sizes.

11:00am-12:00pm New Colleagues Session
12:00-1:00pm Luncheon

AIE Panel & Discussion: World Music
Panelists: Anne Kogan, Programming, Manager, Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University, Washington DC
Judy Tsang, Director of Programming, Stern Grove Festival Association

1:45-2:00pm World Music  Discussion
2:00-2:45pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Country/Roots
Panelists: Amy Reitnouer, Executive Director, The Bluegrass Situation;  David Pier, Executive Director, Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom Lake College
2:45-3:00pm Country/Roots Discussion
3:00-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:00pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Classical Music
Leah Rosenthal, Director of Artistic Planning & Education, La Jolla Music Society
Christine Lim, Director of Education and Artistic Administration, San Francisco Performances
4:00-4:15pm Classical Music Discussion
4:15-5:15pm Presenter Roundtables
5:15-6:15pm Mentorship Program Orientation
6:30-8:00pm Reception
7:45pm Dine Around
Thursday, May 28
8:30am Registration

Breakout Sessions: 3 concurrent sessions TBD


Breakout Sessions: 3 concurrent sessions TBD


AIE Panel & Discussion: Jazz & Blues
Panelists: Lilly Schwartz, Artistic Producer, SFJAZZ
Seiko Kinoshita, Talent Booker, Blue Note Entertainment Group, New York, NY

11:45am-12:00pm Jazz & Blues Discussion
12:00-12:30pm Annual Business Meeting
12:30-1:45pm Luncheon
2:00-3:15pm Keynote Speaker: Jeff Chang, Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University
3:15-4:00pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Family Programming
Panelists: Jeremy "Boomer" Stacey, Executive Director, International Performing Arts for Youth
Jason Holland, Director of Education Programs, Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts
4:00-4:15pm Family Programming Discussion

AIE Panel & Discussion: Comedy/Theatre
Panelist: Charlie Robin, Chief Executive Officer, The Capitol Theatre, Yakima, WA

5:00-5:15pm Comedy/Theatre Discussion
5:15-6:15pm Break
6:15-8:00pm Reception
Friday, May 29
8:30am Registration

Special Interest Session: Funders Panel
Panelists: Craig Watson, Executive Director, California Arts Council; James Irvine Foundation representative

9:00-10:00am Special Interest Session: How to Negotiate the Best Deal
Panelists: Mitch Gershenfeld, President & CEO, McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert

AIE Panel & Discussion: Dance
Panelists: Charles Santos, Executive/ Artistic Director, TITAS Presents, Houston TX
Paul King, Co-Founder, White Bird, Portland OR

10:45-11:00am Dance Discussion
11:00-11:15am Break

AIE Panel & Discussion: Pop/Indie
Panelists: Karen Jantsch, Programming Manager, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX
Julie Baker, Executive Director, The Center for the Arts, Grass Valley

12:00-12:15pm Pop/Indie Discussion

Close of Conference Drawing
Must be present to win

Schedule subject to change

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Thanks to Our Conference Sponsors

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IrvineWilliam and Flora Hewlett FoundationCCICAC License LogoCAC logo Starvox booking logo Spectrix logo Arts and Lectures, UC Santa Barbara WESTAF Logo McCallum TheatreLevitt Pavilions Theater Mania SOKA City of San Jose

CSU PresentersLa Jolla Music SocietyLevitt PavilionsCathy Pruzan Artist RepresentativeCAP UCLA CAP UCLAMondavi ArtsCal Performances Berkeley


Artist Photo: Maria de Barros