Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Michael A. Monroe
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Monroe will produce and promote a new DVD, Michael Monroe Live at the Log Cabin Concert, created from five live concerts to showcase his music in audio and visual format.
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)

Research, edit, and complete a high-definition DVD project. Hire and work with a graphic artist and marketing assistant to promote my DVD. 1,000 DVDs completed, marketed and ready to distribute. Reviewed/featured online (Facebook and YouTube), in publications (print and online), on television and radio. DVD/Log Cabin Concert telephone/email requests occur beyond my fan base. 2: My Log Cabin Concerts are the art happening on the North Shore. Minnesotans are attending and purchasing my new DVD. My Minnesota Music connects deeply with Minnesotans as evidenced by: letters, calls and emails received which express appreciation of DVD and interest in attending my Log Cabin Concerts. Facebook Pages/YouTube pages are visited daily by Minnesota folks.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I researched my needs, evaluated data and was able to hire the artists, purchase the software/learn more about the program to edit and about the process of lighting and filming for my DVD which is now ready for distribution on DVD and USB Drives. I was interviewed for magazine articles and participated in the KSTP TV Program by Jason Davis. I started my first blog. I continue to receive inquiries via telephone, email and on Facebook about attending Log Cabin Concerts. 2: There was an increase in attendance at my Log Cabin Concerts following increased media coverage, updated web site and more fans on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. I also received several hundred more email list sign ups from my LIVE Shows and sold more CDs than ever. Emails continue to come in with kudos about how meaningful the shows are to them and especially those attending my Log Cabin Concerts. There are lots of comments on my Log Cabin Concert Facebook page as well as on my Music Facebook Page.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Michael A. Monroe
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