Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Alyssa A. Anderson
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
February 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Anderson will strengthen her involvement with the new music community through a commission, a call-for-scores, and a series of performances and educational events in greater Minnesota.
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
Barbara Depman: Music Administrator for Choral Arts Ensemble, Rochester; Linda Haugen: Composer; Asako Hirabayashi: Composer and harpsichordist; Laurie Johnson: Director of Performing Arts, Paramount Theater and Visual Arts Center, Saint Cloud; Natalie Nowytski: Vocalist, composer and performer.; Karen Quiroz: Professional vocalist, Brazilian music.; Ann Reed: Songwriter, singer
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)

Strengthen my involvement in Minnesota's contemporary music community by organizing a call for scores and commissioning a work for performance in concert. This outcome will be measured by how many composers and new music supporters I am able to connect with through the call-for-scores and by gauging the success of the commission collaboration through feedback from the composer on the experience. 2: Improve my skills in concert organization, promotion, and artistic collaboration by producing successful performances and presentations in four Minnesota communities. This outcome will be measured by reaching new audiences and providing a positive experience for the musicians/composers. Audiences will complete surveys on previous exposure to contemporary chamber music and their experience at the concert or event.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I successfully ran a Call-for-Scores competition which resulted in making connections with a number of Minnesota composers I had never had contact with before. The two winning composers from the competition proved to be invaluable supporters for this project bringing in a high number of new audience members to me (measured by audience survey responses) and also helping me add two performance stops on the tour. The success of this competition has also led quite a large number of other local composers to approach me about writing music for me to perform. The commissioned work was also highly successful. This commission has resulted in a piece of music that I am confident will become a staple in the repertoire for voice and guitar. Audiences consistently picked this piece as their favorite from the concerts, and the success of working with the composer on the commission has opened up future performance opportunities for me. 2: I successfully produced eleven concerts and two workshops related to this project, partnering with a number of new organizations as well as groups already in my network. I learned quite a bit about co-producing concerts with arts organizations that will be invaluable for producing future performances. The success of this project in reaching new audiences surpassed all of my expectations as I was able to produce or co-produce eleven concerts and two workshops as part of the project instead of the planned four concerts. As a result of the higher number of events, I was able to reach approximately 450 audience members, of which approximately 80% had never attended one of my performances before, 68% had little to no previous exposure to chamber music, and 98% stated on audience surveys that they were interested in attending a future concert of mine. More composers were involved in the project than originally planned because of the repertoire chosen for the concerts and the higher number of concerts given. All of the feedback from the composers I worked with was extremely positive and all of them thanked me for performing their music and are interested in working with me again in the future.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Alyssa A. Anderson
(612) 384-8412
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