The Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
Carmel, IN 46032
The Center for the Performing Arts (“The Center”) and The Great American Songbook Foundation (“The Foundation”) invite applications for the position of President/Chief Executive Officer.
Reporting to the Chairmen of the Boards, the President & CEO oversees all aspects of The Center and The Foundation, ensuring an efficient, effective, and fiscally sound operation. The President & CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors of both the Center and the Foundation and is charged with sustaining the operation of these not-for-profit institutions through excellent management, business accountability, and revenue generation, while serving the community as home for six (6) resident companies, and fostering creative and imaginative programming and education/outreach activities. The aggregate annual budget for The Center and The Foundation is approximately $10 million with a staff complement of 37 full-time and 12 part-time employees, a 28-member Board of Directors of the Center and the 24-member Board of Directors of the Foundation. The Center and The Foundation are formally affiliated through a Permanent Affiliation Agreement and share many administrative, marketing, branding and fundraising functions.
Starting with the grand opening of the Palladium in January 2011, The Center is an inviting gathering place for the community, along with The Center’s Studio Theatre and the Tarkington. Combined, the three (3) venues are a place for community engagement and for people to celebrate great art together.
Artistic Director, Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American Popular Song. More than a mere performer, he is nationally recognized for his commitment to the American Popular Song, both celebrating its art and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In addition to serving as Artistic Director, Mr. Feinstein performs frequently at the Center and assists with the programming. Mr. Feinstein is also the Founder of The Foundation.
The Center is not only a haven for local theater, dance and music organizations to perform, it also provides three (3) of the finest stages in the world playing host to the globe’s most gifted performers.
Equally important to the talents performing on stage is The Center’s architecture. Our success will be measured both by the works on stage and the inspiration found under our magnificent classical Palladio dome. There is not any other complex built in North America where so much attention has been paid to acoustics. The Palladium will last 500 years or more, creating a legacy that will be passed along to our children and grandchildren for generations to come.
The Foundation was founded by Michael Feinstein in 2007 and currently has offices and a gallery space within the Palladium which is open to visitor’s year round. The Foundation also maintains archives comprising over 100,000 items, such as the collections of lyricist Gus Khan and composer and playwright Meredith Wilson. Each year the Foundation conducts the Songbook Academy, the only national intensive for high school singers that is dedicated solely to the music of the American Songbook. The Songbook Academy selects 40 students each year from hundreds of applicants to participate in a week-long series of training, mentoring and masterclasses culminating in a final concert during which the year’s Songbook Youth Ambassador is selected. The Foundation annually recognizes lifetime achievement in support of the Songbook by inducting singers and songwriters into its Great American Songbook Hall of Fame. Preliminary planning has also begun on the feasibility of establishing a freestanding museum on the Center’s campus in Carmel which will serve as the home of The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame. The Foundation also maintains a number of educational and outreach initiatives, hosting frequent visits by school groups and providing multidisciplinary curriculum for schoolchildren based on the music of the Great American Songbook. A monthly program called Perfect Harmony, developed in collaboration with the Alsheimer’s Association, provides therapeutic musical experiences for older adults, especially those with dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders.
The mission of The Center is to welcome, engage, inspire, and transform through compelling performing arts experiences in a world class environment.
The mission of The Foundation is to inspire and educate by celebrating the Great American Songbook.
Carmel is located in Hamilton County, just 12 miles north of Indianapolis, Indiana’s state capital. With a population of approximately 87,000, Carmel is one of the most affluent communities in the Midwest with excellent public schools, exceptional city services, a variety of on-going and annual events (a Farmer’s Market, summer concerts, and festivals), and well-managed parks and recreational activities. Carmel is consistently rated nationally as a top place to live in the United States, a “Bicycle-Friendly City” with an extensive trail and path system, an award-winning public library, an Arts and Design District, and other amenities. A sampling of awards and recognition Carmel has most recently received includes the following:
- 2017 - Best Cities for Families - Carmel voted 4th best in the nation by Apartment List
- 2016 - Carmel - best small cities for families in America - NerdWallet
- 2016 - Carmel named No.1 Safest City to Raise a Child by SafeWise
- 2015 - #8 Safest Small Cities for Retirement by Badcredit.org
- 2015 - Best Town to Raise a Family - by NICHE
- 2015 - Best Place to Raise a Family - by MarketWatch
- 2015 - Best Place to get a Job in Indiana by Zippia
- 2014 - No. 4 Safest Suburb in America by SafeWise
- 2014 - No. 1 Safest Suburb in America by Movoto
- 2014 - No. 1 Best Small City in America by Nerdwallet
- 2014 - Top 10 Best City for Kids by Livability.com
- 2013 - Ranked 9th fastest-growing place in America for high-tech jobs by Forbes
- 2012 - #1 Best Places to Live in America from Money magazine
As a suburb just north of Indianapolis, Carmel also enjoys the many cultural, sports and other activities of a large city.
In accordance with the mission and goals of the organization the President & CEO provides full operational and financial oversight of The Center and The Foundation within the policies set by the Boards of Directors. The President & CEO oversees daily operations and coordinates long-range strategic planning. Overall responsibilities include fundraising, board development, financial stability, government relations, community engagement, programming oversight, and staff management.
As with all performing arts centers, there is the need to maximize overall revenue in order to generate sufficient funds to operate and maintain the facilities while balancing the needs of resident companies.
Key areas currently reporting directly to the President & CEO include: operations, finance/administration, marketing, development, The Foundation, and programming.
The President & CEO must lead the organizations with a positive spirit of collaboration and transparency, maintaining on-going dialogues with The Center’s staff, resident companies, funders, external clients, audience members, the media, board members, and other stakeholders.