The Future of For- and Nonprofit Arts Relationships

The COVID-19 pandemic brought a unique and unprecedented opportunity for the for-profit entertainment industries and nonprofit arts and culture institutions to come together to collectively advocate for and secure relief funding for their live entertainment related businesses, organizations, artists, and creative workers. As the field moves into a new world, what's next? CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), SVOG (Shuttered Venue Operating Grant), and ARPA (American Recovery Plan Act) funds largely dissolved existing dividing lines of eligibility. Are these relationships rooted, or did they arise solely in a time of crisis? Is there a future where the nonprofit and for-profit arts worlds are linked? In this session, attendees will hear from a local music venue owner, an advocate for cross-sector relief, and national for-profit business associations to explore where creative economy partners can go from here.


Frank Cullen, Jr., Vice President, Global Innovation Policy Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Audrey Fix Schaefer, Director of Communications, I.M.P. / VP of the Board of Directors, National Independent Venue Association
Taneshia Nash Laird, President and CEO, Newark Symphony Hall