Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates

Developing artists and audiences for the live performing arts in Great Lakes communities.

aka Great Lakes PAA, GLPAA   |   Ann Arbor, MI   |  https://www.greatlakespaa.org/

Mission

To develop artists and audiences for the live performing arts in Great Lakes Communities by creating performance opportunities and providing professional support and development for emerging and established musicians, and by utilizing our Caravan programs to present outreach concerts that will create future audiences and enrich young people’s lives.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Ms Aileen Rohwer

Main address

415 N. Fourth Avenue

Ann Arbor, MI 48104 USA

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EIN

38-2215599

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Professional Societies, Associations (A03)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Management & Technical Assistance (A02)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization strives to elevate the careers of emerging, developing and established performing artists by developing their technical and social skills and by utilizing those skills to build the audiences of tomorrow. Our vision is to give artists the professional tools needed to showcase their talent and advance their careers in order to enrich communities, expose diverse audiences to a variety of musical experiences, and develop, support and encourage a culture that recognizes the value of music in our lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Artist Career Development Services

Artist Career Development Services, which includes technical assistance to develop short- and long-term career plans; assistance in creating publicity and promotional materials; booking services; and assistance with self-help management skills;

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Great Lakes Caravan education program

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Goal 1: To be financially stable so that we can grow as an efficient organization that will serve our roster of performing artists and support our caravan programs. Goal 2: To expand and develop our Caravan program to connect with and support schools’ and studios’ core curricula and create a unique musical experience for all young people. Goal 3: To expand the diversity of our Board so that we become more visible to all populations within the community, and to create partnerships and form networks that will provide more performance opportunities for our artists. Goal 4: To involve our artists in promoting the mission of GLPAA.

Strategy for Goal 1  Increase fundraising.  Expand donor list.  Formalize a Caravan budget.  Apply for grants.  Increase community visibility.  Develop financially feasible partnerships with presenters. Strategy for Goal 2  Create curriculum guides for performers and teachers.  Develop workshops for Caravan participants.  Increase the number of students we service within the Great Lakes but especially Washtenaw County where we have direct contact with artists–in-residence and local presenter partnerships. Strategy for Goal 3 • Add a liaison from the U of M School of Music and another music educator to the Board. • Add a current roster artist to the Board. • Expand our Great Lakes community volunteers. Strategy for Goal 4 • Have artists act as ambassadors within their communities in order to support the mission of GLPAA. • Assist artists in the development of their brand through social media, website development, marketing and recording opportunities. • Survey artists yearly to elicit their feedback about their experiences with representation and suggestions they may have for improvements.

The organization functions with an Executive Director, a volunteer working Board of Directors, independent contractors, consultants, artists, schools, presenters, and numerous supporters. The Board and the Executive Director will decide together which programs and services to support. With limited resources and countless possibilities, these decisions will be made based on our mission statement and our vision for the future. Once made, key members of the Board will oversee their implementation and continuously review their success or failure, reporting to the entire board as needed. Monthly Agenda, Board Minutes and Executive Director reports will be documented and distributed in a timely manner noting the progress of each program and service performed, so decisions about whether or not to continue them can be made. Periodically review GLPAA’s finances for sources of funding, and will determine whether or not that funding is adequate to meet our needs and fulfill our vision and purpose. Grants, individual and group donors and other sources of income will be identified. Fundraising strategies will be planned with specific methods for executing them. All Board members will be expected to give the organization an annual gift.

Meet at least twice a year to review GLPAA’s status with regard to programs, services, membership, finances and staffing. If necessary, revisions may be made to GLPAA’s goals, strategies and vision to better achieve its mission.

As of 5/26/2020 Achieved for Goal 1  Increase fundraising.  Expand donor list.  Formalize a Caravan budget.  Apply for grants.  Increase community visibility.  Develop financially feasible partnerships with presenters. Achieved for Goal 2  Increase the number of students we service within the Great Lakes but especially Washtenaw County where we have direct contact with artists–in-residence and local presenter partnerships. Achieved for Goal 3 • expanded board by two new members with one from greater Detroit area Achieved for Goal 4 • Assist artists in the development of their brand through social media, website development, marketing and recording opportunities. • Survey artists yearly to elicit their feedback about their experiences with representation and suggestions they may have for improvements.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates

Board of directors
as of 5/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Darrow

Susan Darrow

Philanthropist

E. Long

Ann Arbor Public Schools retired

Robert Whitman

Emeritus

Alexander (Sandy) Wiener

Harvard, Yale

Fred Smith

Ann Arbor Public Schools, retired

LaTonya Woods

University of Michigan

Linda Grekin

University of Michigan

Margaret Guire

Ann Arbor Public Schools, retired

John Floyd

Bratic Corporation

Ara Topouzian

Michigan Venture Capital Association

Ed Goldman

University of Michigan

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/26/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/26/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.

Keywords

Booking agency, musicians, great lakes, music education, artist management