City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Number of Contracts with Arts Professionals and Arts Organizations

Measure Description
This measure represents the number of arts professionals and arts organizations contracted for services to support the creative community and enhance Austin's creative economy.
Calculation Method
This measure is a count of all contracts with local professional art services, including those for the Cultural Arts Fund, Art in Public Places and Cultural Arts Division events.
FY 2014-15 Results
In FY 2014-15, 566 contracts were taken on, slightly more than the goal of 500.
Assessment of Results
The purpose of this measure is to show the impact of the Cultural Arts Division (CAD) in contracting with arts professionals and organizations. In addition to contracting with non-profit organizations that support the arts through the Cultural Arts contracts, CAD contracts with individual artists through programs like The People’s Gallery, the Austin New Year Event, Art In Public Places and other special projects.. The Economic Development Department’s investment in the arts has yielded increasing returns over the past three years.
Next Steps
FY 2015-16, CAD will continue to partner with Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Texas Commission on the Arts to bring the highly-successful Artist INC Live seminar to Austin for the second year in a row. The Artist INC Live program is an 8-week cutting edge training program that addresses the specific business needs and challenges of artists of all disciplines for a nominal fee. Participants, chosen through a competitive application process, learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. Through mentorship, expert presentations, and peer networks, artists gain skills in arts planning, marketing, finance, law, and technology.  
Additionally, classes are held to increase knowledge of and ability to access/maximize cultural funding opportunities.  Artists who aspire to apply for cultural funding can attend the classes and learn the reporting requirement, efficiencies, and best practices.
The goal of providing these services is to build the capacity and business skills of artists so they can successfully obtain, manage and profit from publicly-funded arts contracts. This will in turn expand the pool of artists capable of contracting with CAD.
Contact Information
For more information, contact Vicky Valdez, Acting Cultural Arts Program Manager, at (512) 974-7620.