The Blue Moon
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  VOL. 12  NO. 2

March/April 2005

In This Issue
bullet Sena Jeter Naslund Appointed Poet Laureate
bullet On the National Front
bullet Arts Council News
bullet Craft Marketing News
bullet Focus on Folklife
bullet Kentucky Arts News
bullet Resources and Reports
bullet Hot Dates

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Resources and Reports

Artists, Musicians, and the Internet

The first large-scale surveys of the Internet's impact on artists and musicians reveal that they are embracing the Web as a tool to improve how they make, market and sell their creative works. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project survey, 32 million Americans consider themselves artists and about 10 million of them get some kind of compensation for their creations and performances. More than three-quarters (77%) of all artists and 83% of paid artists use the Internet, compared to 63% of the entire population. They are divided, however, about the impact and importance of free file sharing and other copyright issues. These artists are on the front lines of the Digital Age. To read the report, go to

Economic Development Grants for Appalachian Communities

The Appalachian Regional Commission has issued a request for proposals for the Asset-Based Development Grants Competition which funds projects that address asset-based development in the Appalachian region. This competition is designed to assist communities in leveraging their cultural, natural, community and structural assets to build strong and sustainable economies. The Commission expects to provide five to ten awards of up to $50,000 each, for a total of $250,000, to help communities implement asset-based development strategies. Nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and public educational institutions located within the Appalachian region are eligible to apply. The competition deadline is May 31, 2005. For the full report, go to

National Guild Announces Professional Development Institute for Community Arts Education Leaders

The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts will present its 20th annual Arts Management in Community Institutions Training Institute from June 5 - 18, 2005, in St. Paul, MN.

Established with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1985, the Arts Management In Community Institutions Training Institute is the leading professional development program for key administrators and leaders in the field of nonprofit community schools of the arts. Classes include Organizational Development, Community Organizing, Communications, Program Development, Legal Issues, Marketing, Fundraising, Grant Writing, Financial Management, Personnel Management, Strategic Planning, and Technology and Facilities Management. Those who will benefit from Arts Management In Community Institutions include directors, trustees and senior staff members of new or developing community schools of the arts, experienced administrators new to the field of arts management, and individuals seeking to enter the field.

The application deadline is March 4, 2005. Application materials and detailed information on curriculum, faculty, accommodations and facilities, are available online at

Creative Capital Foundation Grants Available

Creative Capital is now open for submissions in the fields of Performing Arts and Emerging Fields/Innovative Literature. To apply for a Creative Capital grant, you must first submit an Inquiry Form regarding your project and how, in conjunction with a Creative Capital grant, it will be catalytic for your artistic and professional growth. In addition, you will need to describe the influences that inform your work and how your work takes an experimental or original approach to form and content. Be prepared to present a basic budget and to identify the audience(s) for your project and any possible presenting venues.

The Guidelines and Inquiry Form for Performing Arts and Emerging Fields/Innovative Literature (see definitions below) will be available on the Creative Capital website on February 14, 2005. Inquiry Forms must be submitted by March 14, 2005. While we strongly encourage you to submit your Inquiry Form online, you may request a hard copy of the Guidelines and Inquiry Form by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Creative Capital, 65 Bleecker Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10012. We must receive your request by February 28, 2005, and all completed inquiries must be postmarked on or before March 14.

Please visit for more information and application information.

Who Attends Classical Music Concerts?

According to the Classical Music Consumer Segmentation Study 2002: National Survey, a study sponsored by The Knight Foundation and conducted by Audience Insight LLC, approximately 16% of adults in the United States attended a classical music concert in the 12 months prior to the survey. How does educational level correspond to attendance at classical music concerts? The likelihood of attending a classical music concert appears to rise significantly in relation to educational attainment. For example, approximately 40% of adults who have attended graduate school had attended a classical music concert 12 months prior to the survey compared with 25% of those with a college degree and 21% of those who had attended some college. In contrast, only about 8% of adults with a high school education or less had attended a classical music concert in the prior 12 months.

Does age affect attendance at classical music concerts? According to the survey, age has only a marginal relationship with the likelihood that adults will attend classical music concerts. Of adults in the 55-64 age group, 19% indicated that they attended a classical music concert in the 12 months prior to the survey. Approximately the same percentage of adults in the 18-34 age group (18%), the 45-54 age group (17%) and the 65-74 age group (17%) attended a classical music concert over the same time frame. In contrast, the only about 13% of those in the 35-44 and 75 and over age groups had attended a classical music concert in the year prior to the survey.

Does the number of children in a household influence attendance of classical music concerts? Another interesting question is whether households with children are more or less inclined to attend classical music concerts? According to the survey 18% of adults with children in the household had attended a classical music concert 12 months prior to the survey compared with 14% of those with no children in the household.

Explore these and other questions through FACTOID. Other questions that might be analyzed include:

  • How does income, marital status or gender affect attendance at classical music concerts?
  • Are there differences in the attendance rates of classical music concerts when compared to jazz concerts, operas, ballets, stage plays, musical theatre, or art museums?
  • How do people hear about classical music concerts and obtain tickets?

From the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive. For more information, go to Classical Music Consumer Segmentation Study 2002: National Survey published on the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA) web site at

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