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Backhausdance Will Receive 2012 Achievement Award for Outstanding Arts Organization at 13th Annual Orange County Arts Awards

At the forefront of Southern California contemporary dance, under the artistic direction of Jenny Backhaus, this company is now in its 10th year and has performed extensively at venues and festivals including Fall for Dance and the Off Center Festival at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Studio SCR Series at South Coast Repertory, the INBOUND Festival at Joyce SoHo in New York, Laguna Dance Festival, the Los Angeles Arts Holiday Celebration held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Celebrate Dance Festival at the Alex Theatre.


Backhausdance will be honored at the 13th Annual Orange County Arts Awards on Tuesday, September 18, in the Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts.


Americans for the Arts Study:

Economic Impact of America's Non-profit Arts Sector Exceeds $135 Billion & Employs Over 4 million

According to its newly-released fourth nationwide Arts & Economic Prosperity Study, Americans for the Arts reports that the non-profit arts industry generated $135.2 billion of economic activity-$61.1 billion by the nation's nonprofit arts and culture organizations in addition to $74.1 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This economic activity supports 4.13 million full-time jobs and generates $86.68 billion in resident household income. Our industry also generates $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year-a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts allocations. Despite the economic headwinds that our country faced in 2010, the results are impressive.


One Orange County community was among the 182 communities that participated in this year's study:  the City of Laguna BeachStudy results for Laguna Beach show that the arts generates $49.1 million in total economic activity. This spending-$27.7 million by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and an additional $21.4 million in event-related spending by their audiences-supports 1,351 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $32.1 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $4.6 million in local and state government revenue.

OC Non-Profit Salary Survey Results Now Available


The Center for Nonprofit Management conducts an annual survey of local salary & benefits for nonprofit employers located in Southern & Central California. As part of this larger study, OneOC collected and analyzed OC-specific nonprofit salary data and we now make this available to you.


Executive Directors, Board Members, Administrative, Finance and Human Resource professionals use the salary information in our survey regularly to: determine the underpaid/overpaid, review compensation practices, determine program budgets, and comply with IRS regulations.

More info here.

Call for Projects

Studio SCR is a series that presents a wide mix of ambitious, provocative, and experimental theatrical work of Southern California's most innovative companies in South Coast Repertory's 94-seat Nicholas Studio.  Its goals are to engage new artists, to introduce SCR audiences to their work and their audiences to SCR's, and to offer alternative programming from our other two stages. Above all, it aims to contribute to the vibrancy of the local theatre community.


SCR is looking for projects from companies with a track record of production excellence and innovative approaches to live performance. There are no restrictions on budget size of the company or the length of its existence.  SCR encourages experimental theatrical works in all forms. Previously, Studio SCR has featured such artists as Theatre Movement Bazarr, Transit Authority, Monkey Wrench Collective, Four Clowns, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Poor Dog Group, Sekou Andrews and Steve Connell. 


Studio SCR is accepting proposals for full length projects for one week residencies and also short form projects (about 10 minutes in length) for one of the late night SCRamble events.


If interested, please email a letter of inquiry by July 1, 2012 to Producing Associate Oanh Nguyen.






Church Ends Plan to Buy Historic Santora Building in Santa Ana

More info here in Voice of OC.

National Arts Marketing & Development Conference in LA October 12-14 

Arts Orange County members receive a discount on registration.  More info here.

New Choral Program Debuts for High School Students 

This summer, Choral Advantage, a new one-week choral music intensive for high school students, will take place from August 6-12, 2012.  Offered by Pacific Chorale & California State University, Fullerton, it is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Taught by professional singers and educators, the program will offer training and opportunities in vocal technique, music theory and musicianship.  More info here.

Improve Results from Your Fund Raising Appeals

Frank Dickerson, who spoke earlier this year at ArtsOC's Development Roundtable, is offering a day-long seminar on improving the results of fund raising appeal letters, based on his doctoral research at Claremont Graduate University.   More info here.

New Group Forming! 

Emerging Arts Leaders - Orange County 

Individuals interested in more information are encouraged to contact Kristina Colby, Program Coordinator, Arts Orange County, and invited to complete this online survey.

Summer School for Nonprofits

ArtsOC members receive a discounted rate.  More details here.

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