Dallas Bach Society selected as grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Arts Innovation and Management Program

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The Dallas Bach Society (DBS) announces that it is a grant recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. Through this two-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing $30 million across 262 small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations around the country to help strengthen their operational and programming efforts, including training in fundraising, audience development, and board member engagement.

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This invitation-only program supports nonprofit cultural organizations based in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The Dallas Bach Society will use this grant to support the administrative cost of growing the education, outreach, and young professional programs. Education is one of the central tenets of the mission statement of DBS; the AIM program will allow the current leadership to direct the Society into a greatly impactful cultural institution and cooperative organization.

DBS President Michael Mathews says, “The Society is grateful for this opportunity to continue the efforts to grow our audience and donor base. With this grant, we will seek to bring exquisite music to a new generation and develop the leadership of cultural organizations for the future. This is an enviable position for any early music organization.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies is partnering with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to develop curricula and conduct trainings for the AIM program in each city. The comprehensive workshops engage organizations around activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals and include consultations and implementation support for arts managers and their boards. First piloted in New York City, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported 245 grantees through AIM from 2011-2013. Participating organizations reported improvements in audience development, board engagement and fundraising over the two-year program.

About the Dallas Bach Society
The Dallas Bach Society was formed in 1982 to promote and encourage instrumental, choral, vocal, operatic, chamber, and keyboard music composed before 1800 through live performances in Dallas and its vicinity. Since its founding, the Society has been the city’s primary resource for early music performances by professional musicians. Instrumentalists perform on replicas of instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries. The Chorus is trained in the vocal style and performance practice of the period. National and international soloists specializing in the interpretation of Baroque join musicians to present the highest level of choral, chamber, and orchestral productions each season. The Dallas Bach Society’s season consists of ten traditional concerts and more intimate chamber concerts are offered in private homes. The Dallas Bach Society is a member of the Association of Professional Vocal Ensembles, The Neue Bach Gesellschaft, and was a founding member of Early Music America.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies works to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. We focus on five key areas for creating lasting change: arts, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health. The arts are a valuable way to engage citizens and enhance communities. Through innovative partnerships and bold approaches, the Bloomberg Philanthropies arts program works to increase access to culture using new technologies, empower artists and strengthen cultural organizations to reach broader audiences. For more information, please visit bloomberg.org or follow us Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BloombergDotOrg.

About the DeVos Institute of Arts Management
The DeVos Institute has served more than 1,000 organizations from over 80 countries since Michael M. Kaiser founded it during his tenure as President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Institute has designed its services to assist a wide range of institutions, from traditional performing and presenting organizations, museums and galleries, arts schools and libraries, to botanical gardens, glass-making studios, public art trusts, and non-profit cinemas, to name a few. The DeVos Institute transferred its activities and offices from the Kennedy Center to the University of Maryland in September 2014. The move enables the Institute to expand its global training and consulting programs, enhance its fellowships for North American and international arts managers within the context of a major educational institution, and create a Master’s program that leverages both University and Institute resources.

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