Grow your Arts and Cultural Organization -- Use the
Services of SCORE!
Many arts organizations have experts in certain areas-- marketing, administration, and financial. However, some of these arts and cultural groups and individual artists are not able to utilize such expertise because of their low budgets and small staffs. This leaves some arts groups missing out on the knowledge and expertise that they need to be successful.
The national organization of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is an organization associated with the Small Business Administration of the US Government dedicated to the mission of assisting small businesses, one business at a time. The SCORE volunteers offer free and confidential individual counseling services as well as workshops on good business practices. There are over 350 chapter located throughout the US; counselors are experienced in dealing with issues in both for-profit and non-profit businesses.
In the Hampton Roads area, there are SCORE chapters located in Norfolk, Hampton and Williamsburg. For the location of the SCORE chapter nearest you go to www.score.org.
The Williamsburg SCORE chapter will be presenting a workshop specifically for individual artists and for arts and cultural organizations in Hampton Roads on Wednesday, August 28 at the Charles Taylor Center in Hampton from 4-6:00. This workshop will provide information on board development, marketing, finances and budgeting, and funding resources. All attendees will go home with a copy of the arts business manual. Registration for the conference can be completed by on the Cultural Alliance’s website, www.culturalli.org. The deadline is August 23 to allow for an ample amount of materials to be available for all participants.
The Cultural Alliance is currently conducting its membership drive. Join the Alliance today so that you can take advantage of all the programs and workshops and receive the special savings on programs for members. Membership forms are on the www.culturalli.org website.