To present, promote and sponsor artistically and culturally diverse performing arts events and educational opportunities of the highest quality from around the world.
The Fairbanks Concert Association… Who are? What do we do?
We bring the best, most diverse professional performing artists to Interior Alaska from all over the world and connect them with Interior Alaskans. We create opportunities for everyone to participate. We’re part of the community. We enhance it, we make it fun, and we bring people together in a joyous shared adventure. We do this through public performances and an ever-increasing number of outreach opportunities. We do this with your help, your input and your participation. This year FCA brings 13 guest artists for public performances. While here they will offer many varied ways to engage, have fun, feel good and connect with them and your neighbors. We exist for you.
What goes into planning a season?
This year, the FCA artist selection committee developed criteria based on experience and the vision in our plan:
- Offer a broad range of performing arts projects
- Seek projects which lend themselves to community engagement. Engagement includes added value, participation, out of the box promotions
- Pursue projects which enhance but honor artist performance. provide opportunities for our community to be creative, to get more involved, to gain deeper knowledge of our presentations and artists, while enhancing and maintaining the integrity of the artists’ work and intent.
- Try new things: new venues, new genres, new approaches to presenting
- Seek at least one performance/year with appeal to all ages
- Seek at least one performance/year with appeal to 20-35 yr olds
- Offer the best possible performer relative to audience numbers/potential ticket sales and revenues
- Balance artists with broad appeal with artists who offer something new to our community, and artists with a likely high rate of return relative to fee with those we budget at a loss
- Stay alert to trends (Has world music peaked? Are audiences diminishing because of the quality of presentations or lack of interest in form? Are classical/popular hybrids the next big interest?)
- Do more with fewer artists
- Seek partnerships
- Block book: seek routing within the state for lower artist fees for all
- Seek funding beyond ticket sales
- Plan ahead – look for large projects several years out, with potential for statewide and community impact
- Take a social stand but not a political stand
- Offer individual packages and always allow people to choose their own
- Limit number of events. Make each one special in its own way
- Build constituency by building community. Review projects by relevancy to community. Offer ways to connect us all to each other and possibly to something greater than ourselves. This is inherent in great performing arts presentations.
- Avoid duplicating what is being done by others unless we can offer significant improvement
- Enhance the value of FCA to the community. We believe we make a difference to the livability of our town which in turn makes the community itself more valuable.
Impact comes in many ways. A few years back the great NPR mother of all mothers Susan Stamberg came here and said she changed from reporting on politics to reporting on the arts because “who remembers the name of the guy in power when Vermeer was painting?” Art makes a lasting impact on our lives. Another University speaker wrote a book called Better Together. The phrase stuck in our heads. We not only took it home, we’ve taken it everywhere ever since. The idea that we are stronger and can achieve more through coming together can be seen through everything we do. Stories of how this manifests runs throughout our Season. There is no partnership more important than the one we have with you. Whatever else we do, whoever else we do it with, it all comes down to getting to share these times, these performances, these great artists, with you.
It is our desire to connect everyone in our Interior AK community to the artists we bring here. In doing so, we have come to celebrate the coming together of community. We know that for some in our community this isn’t always possible due to distance, circumstance or finance. We work with you to make a difference. We’ve lowered our prices in the hope that more will be able to attend. We created outreach programs so that everyone can experience the elation that comes from a live performance. Ticket sales are less than 40% of our annual budget. The rest comes from a partnership with the community we serve. This includes grants from local foundations, corporate sponsorship with local businesses, membership donations and our Education Partnership annual appeal.
We are yours. We look for input every way we can. We survey at the Fair, at our concerts and on our website and Facebook page. There you can find more information about our events, what we are considering for the future, what we are thinking about. Our Facebook page has opportunities for feedback everyday. You can vote, you can inform yourself, you can tell us what you think and what your preferences are. In turn, it is our hope that, if you are able, you will take those savings – add more if you can – and donate it back. That way, we can keep it going. The joining of artists to each other and to us. We know it works better, when we work with other organizations here and throughout the state and when artist join together for new projects magic happens. The best magic of all is when we all assemble together to watch the results.
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