X Marks The Spot: Why Generation X Is Your Last Best Hope

Paul Miller

Sandwiched between Baby Boomers and Millennials, people born between 1965 and 1980 are finally in the sweetspot for arts and culture organizations. These 42 to 57 year olds have finally reached the age at which they will soon become the largest segment of your audience. And while they may be a smaller group than the ones surrounding them, without their support, the organization you have now will not survive. And if that's not a big enough challenge, listen to this: they've been ignored for their entire lives and they're not happy.

NeverDark’s Paul Miller will give you recent demographic and psychographic data about Gen X and share ways to use that information to execute strategies that help make up for lost time and begin to build meaningful relationships. You'll leave having a better understanding of who this audience is, how to get them to engage with your organization, and why they're so vital to your financial and artistic future.



The Compelling Employment Offer

Pope Ward

At a time when the labor markets are tight, arts organizations must find ways to resonate better with the needs and expectations of employees in order to build employment offers capable of attracting, retaining and engaging top talent.

The Advisory Board for the Arts has completed the largest ever survey of arts and culture talent, using a technique called conjoint analysis (or "trade-off" analysis) in order to give arts leaders a much clearer picture of what employees want, and what they are willing to trade off in order to get it.

Topics we will cover include:

  • What elements of the employment offer do staff value most?
  • How do preferences change according to age, position in organization and other factors?
  • How much pay (and other benefits) are employees willing to trade-off in order to get what they want?
  • How can organizations transform their cultures to give employees the flexibility and culture they want?



Create Loyal Donors: The Core of Your Major Gifts

Louis Diez

Why should we care about donor loyalty? How do successful organizations keep their donors? Louis Diez will share research on the importance of donor loyalty along with practical, field-tested ways to retain donors. Loyal donors are the core of the major gifts pipeline and contribute to more sustainable (and less stressful!) arts organizations.


(Webinars and Roundtables are at 11:00 a.m. PST. You will receive recordings of all webinars and roundtables.)

Our Sponsors

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If you don’t know Spektrix, our mission is to provide arts organizations with the best possible chance of success in ticketing, marketing and fundraising, which we do through our cloud-based technology and support services. Our team of 60+ work with over 260 organizations in the US, Canada, and the UK.
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The Wallace Foundation seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of arts for everyone. The foundation has an unusual approach: funding efforts to test innovative ideas for solving important public problems, conducting research to find out what works and what doesn’t and to fill key knowledge gaps – and then communicating the results to help others. Wallace, which works nationally, has five major initiatives under way:
  • School leadership: Strengthening education leadership to improve student achievement.
  • Afterschool: Helping selected cities make good afterschool programs available to many more children.
  • Building audiences for the arts: Enabling arts organizations to bring the arts to a broader and more diverse group of people.
  • Arts education: Expanding arts learning opportunities for children and teens.
  • Summer and expanded learning: Better understanding the impact of high-quality summer learning programs on disadvantaged children, and enriching and expanding the school day in ways that benefit students.

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New From our sponsor, The Wallace Foundation:

What can the arts sector learn from arts organizations of color about community engagement and financial health?

Fifth panel in Wallace’s arts conversation series examines what leaders of arts organizations with deep roots in communities of color see as the keys to their success, as well as what they have learned while navigating crises, including COVID-19.

How Can Arts Organizations Respond to What Communities Need Most?

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