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Annual Membership Conference Schedule and Sponsors

The schedule below is as of May 18, 2016. Schedule subject to change.
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Wednesday, June 1
8:30am Registration

Pre-Conference Session: Digital Marketing Strategy for Senior Executives Presented by Erik Gensler, Capacity Interactive

Over the last 10 years, how your constituents communicate has changed faster and more dramatically than any other time in human history. However, many arts organizations have not evolved their priorities or efforts to fully reflect this change. As a leader, it can be daunting to keep up with all of all of these changes and position your organization for success across an ever-evolving digital world.

While senior executives are not expected to understand the ins and outs of digital communication, supporting and strategically planning a digital strategy for your organization is critical. What questions should leaders be asking? How should you budget to support these efforts? And what skills should you look for when growing your communications team? This pre-conference workshop will answer these questions and more for EDs and/or Marketing Directors who are committed to ensuring their organization keeps up with new methods of patron communication.

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

Keynote Address: Developing Creative Ecosystems for Civic Impact

Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Chief of Program and Pedagogy at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

2:00-2:45pm AIE Panel & Discussion: World Music
Panelists: Jordan Barnes (Cumbancha Music) & Julie Baker (CA World Fest & Center for the Arts, Grass Valley)
2:45-3:00pm World Music  Discussion
3:00-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:00pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Classical Music
James Fahey (Chicago Symphony Orchestra); John Mangum (Philharmonic Society of Orange County)
4:00-4:15pm Classical Music Discussion
4:15-5:15pm The Other “L” Word:  Lobbying, Advocacy & Advancing the Cause of the Arts
Panelists: Alberto Sandoval, Director of State Government Relations, UC Irvine; Elizabeth Pearson, CEO, Pacific Chorale; Kate Randle, District Representative, U.S. Representative Mimi Walters CA-45

Moderator:  Richard Stein, Executive Director, Arts Orange County & President of the Board, California Arts Advocates & Californians for the Arts
5:15-6:15pm All California Leadership Program Orientation
6:30-8:00pm Reception
7:45pm Dine Arounds
Thursday, June 2
8:30am Registration

Breakout Sessions I
Defying Boundaries
Speakers: Kate Hatmaker, Cofounder, Co-Artistic Director and Executive Director, Art of Élan; Julia Diamond, Director of Programming, Grand Park, The Music Center

Arts Integration
Speaker: Dr. Merryl Goldberg, Professor of Music, School of Arts, California State University San Marcos


Breakout Sessions II
Building Community Partnerships to Cultivate Diversity
Speakers: Eddie Cota, Founder, Champion City; Nara Hernandez, Visual Arts Director, Heart of LA (HOLA)


Maximizing Partnerships with Corporations
Speaker: Andrea Hanson, President, Kern Dance Alliance


11:00-11:45am AIE Panel & Discussion: Jazz & Blues
Panelists: Bubba Jackson (KKJZ) & Bruce Labadie (San Jose Jazz)
11:45am-12:00pm Jazz & Blues Discussion



Annual Business Meeting

Block Booking Spreadsheet Tutorial

12:45-1:45pm Luncheon
2:00-2:45pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Country/Roots
Panelists: Steve Johnson (MerleFest, Wilkes Community College) & Renee Bodie (Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena & Los Angeles)
2:45-3:00pm Country Roots Programming Discussion
3:00-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:00pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Family Programming
Panelists: Kimberly Olstad (NYU Skirball Center), Denise Leader Stober & Andrea Castillo (CalPoly Arts)
4:00-4:15pm Family Programming Discussion
4:15-5:00pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Theatre/Cirque
Panelists: David Dower (Arts Emerson) & Doug Rankin (Irvine Barclay)
5:00-5:15pm Theatre/Cirque Discussion
5:15-6:30pm Break
6:30-8:30pm Reception
Friday, June 3
8:30am Registration
9:00-10:00am Special Interest Session I: Marketing “Building Patron Relationships That Last”
Panelist: Kory Kelly (Kory P. Kelly Consulting)
9:00-10:00am Special Interest Session II: Getting Down To Basics: How To Read A Rider
Panelist: Mitch Gershenfeld (McCallum Theatre)
10:00-10:45am AIE Panel & Discussion: Dance
Panelists: Walter Jaffe (White Bird) & Martin Wechsler (The Joyce Theater)
10:45-11:00am Dance Discussion
11:00-11:15am Break
11:15am-12:00pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Pop/Indie
Panelists: Tomas Cookman (Nacional Records) & Nassir Nassirzadeh (NYC It's A School Night)
12:00-12:15pm Pop/Indie Discussion
12:15pm Close of Conference Drawing
Must be present to win
Schedule subject to change
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