Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Brian T. Miller
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Miller will produce a new CD of Irish music from his Lumber Camps project and perform five concerts in greater Minnesota towns.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr.: Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka.; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Pamela Perri: Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota.; Margaret Rapp: Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Christopher Atzinger: International pianist; David Moore: Composer, vocal arranger, educator, and conductor; Founder of a capella ensemble, Dare to Breathe, Saint Paul; Nirmala Rajasekar: Musician, Teacher, South Indian Music; Terry Ruud: English and writing instructor, M-State, Fergus Falls; Albra Thao: Spoken word and hip hop artist; Jacquelynn Tinsley: Singer; Faith Udeh: Hip hop rock artist
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I will improve my ability to craft engaging concerts and promote them in small towns. I will know I have been successful if I am able to draw better than usual audiences at my proposed five concerts in outstate Minnesota. I will also be successful if I can identify new and effective techniques for promotion and community outreach in this sort of work. 2: By performing five concerts in small towns, and by building skills to make these and similar future concerts successful, I will bring my work to more Minnesotans. If I perform the five concerts for average crowds of over 30 people I will be successful in reaching 150 Minnesotans. If I am able to improve my promotion and outreach techniques and draw closer to 60 people per show I will reach 300 and I will know that the consultations and planning paid off.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The five consultation sessions I had through Springboard's Artist's Field Guide were very effective in developing business skills needed to support my work. We talked about analyzing past successes and building on them. We also broke up potential venues/audiences into categories and strategized ways of connecting with each category. One strategy we discussed was using my knowledge and interest in local history to build relationships with historical societies and then to use those relationships to promote shows. I employed this approach in Moose Lake and Hinckley with success. In Hinckley, I also leveraged my relationship with East Central Regional Libraries for extra support. In Silver Bay, Kelliher and Red Wing, I worked with multiple organizations to set up double-headers where we did an additional performance or workshop on the same day to reach more people. I counted the number of people at each show and I was able to reach larger audiences than I have in the past. 2: I counted the number of people at each show and found I was able to reach larger audiences than I have in the past. I was disappointed that the situation with the high school football game in Kelliher took away from the number of youth I was able to perform for but I feel satisfied with the number of adults I was able to reach through the five performances (in three cases the day was broken into two events which helped even more in reaching a larger audience). In addition, the CD I produced and promoted with grant funds has been very well received and is being distributed nationally by the University of Wisconsin Press. It is also now carried by the stores at the Split Rock Lighthouse, the Hinckley Fire Museum and the Minnesota History Center where my work is reaching more Minnesotans.

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Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
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Last Name
Organization Name
Brian T. Miller
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