Community Arts Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,531
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Granite City Folk Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
Start Date
June 2015
End Date
May 2016
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Stearns
Sherburne
Benton
Wright
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,531
Other Funds Leveraged
$31,346
Direct expenses
$36,877
Administration costs
$4,647
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Grant support allows us to book Main Series concerts (which are costlier to mount than the At the Door events) with less worry about taking losses that would put us in the red at the end of the season. This is the cushion that lets us put on national touring artists whose asking prices routinely now run $2000-4000. We would be happy to fill the concert-season calendar with a mix of At The Door (regularly on Fridays) and Main Series (other open nights) events. Quantitative measures: Track attendance (which amounts to ticket sales) for both At the Door and Main Series events. Track number of Main Series events. Qualitative measures: It's hard to characterize the quality or prestige or high-profile nature of a performer, but Main Series concerts imply at least artists who are more expensive to attract, and we would hope to offer more of these, schedules and available venues permitting.

Measurable Outcome(s)

We mounted 36 events (13 Main Series and 23 At the Door) between September '14 and May '15. We managed to book a dozen national touring acts for the Main Series and remained in the black for all but two of them. (The two that lost money cost us less than $100 total against guarantees.) The At the Door concerts delivered all income (less the pay for the sound tech) to the artists, as intended. Evaluation method is primitive: count events, attendance and income.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
John Forsytthe, Paul Imholte, Russell letson, Paul Cotton, Andrea Zniewshi
Project Overview
Community Arts Support
Project Details
Arts service: producing live music concerts
Project Manager
First Name
Russell
Last Name
Letson
Organization Name
Granite City Folk Society
Street Address
1425 23rd St SE
City
St Cloud
State
MN
Zip Code
56304
Phone
(320) 253-8749
Email
granitecityfolk@gmail.com
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Janice Courtney: Stearns County Arts Advisor/Assistant Director of the Saint Cloud State University Program Board; Mike Carlson: Art Teacher, Fall Musical Director, Potter; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Fine Arts Series; Doug Lien: Watercolorist, member of the Central Minnesota Watercolorists, member of Artists of Minnesota, Community Education Art Class instructor; George Minerich: photographer, environmental professional; Linda Brobeck: visual artist, owner of Crow River North LLC.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Janice Courtney: Stearns County Arts Adviser/Assistant Director of the Saint Cloud State University Program Board; Mike Carlson: Art Teacher, Fall Musical Director, Potter; Leslie Hanlon: Director of Fundraising and Marketing for the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University Fine Arts Series; Al Hams: Founder of Al's Music, author; Linda Brobeck: Visual artist, owner of Crow River North, LLC; George Minerich: Photographer; Ken Barry: Blues musician, Victorian and digital photographer.