The Center for the Performing Arts/The Great American Songbook Foundation invites applications for the position of President/Chief Executive Officer.
The President/CEO oversees all aspects of the Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation, ensuring an efficient, effective, and fiscally sound operation. Reporting to the Chairs of the Center and the Foundation, the President/CEO is charged with sustaining the operation of these not-for-profit organizations through excellent management, business accountability, and revenue generation. The Center serves the community as home for six resident companies, and fosters creative and imaginative programming and education/outreach activities.
The annual aggregate budget is approximately $10 million with a staff complement of 38 full-time and 26 part-time positions. The Board of Directors for the Center has 28 members; the Foundation’s Board 24. The Center and the Foundation are formally linked through a Permanent Affiliation Agreement and share many administrative, marketing, brand management, and fund-raising functions.
The Center for the Performing Arts/Background:
The multi-venue Center for the Performing Arts opened in 2011. Its state-of-the-art concert hall, The Palladium, is a 1,600-seat, 154,000 square foot venue designed by David M. Schwarz Architects in local consultation with CSO Architects and acoustics by Artec Consultants.
The Center’s other venues are The Tarkington, a 500-seat proscenium theatre and home to the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, and the flexible 200-seat black box Studio Theater. The three venues provide a setting to engage the community in the celebration of great art.
In addition to the Civic Theatre, the Center’s other resident companies are: Actors Theatre of Indiana, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, and the Indiana Wind Symphony.
The performing arts complex is the cornerstone of Carmel City Center, a $300 million mixed-use redevelopment championed by the long-time Mayor of Carmel, James Brainard. City Center is a pedestrian-oriented “city-within-a-city” that offers cultural and civic programs, a Center Green, residential apartments, office space, and numerous restaurant and retail venues, with plans for a boutique hotel.
The mission of the Center for the Performing Arts is to welcome, engage, inspire, and transform through compelling performing arts experiences in a world-class environment.
The Great American Songbook Foundation/Background:
Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed “the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is the Foundation’s founder and the Center’s artistic director. Considered one of the premier interpreters of timeless popular song, he also is recognized internationally for his commitment to the Great American Songbook, celebrating its artists and preserving its legacy for future generations. Feinstein performs frequently at the Center for the Performing Arts and assists with programming.
The Foundation was founded by Mr. Feinstein in 2007 and currently has offices and a gallery space within the Palladium, open to visitors year-round. The Foundation also maintains archives comprising over 100,000 items.
Each year the Foundation conducts the Songbook Academy®, the only national intensive program for high school singers that is dedicated solely to the music of the Great American Songbook. 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 free-standing museum on the Center’s campus in Carmel that will serve as the home of the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame.
The mission of the Great American Songbook 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 85,000, Carmel is one of the most affluent communities in the Midwest with excellent public schools, exceptional city services, a variety of on-going/annual events (a Farmers 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. As a suburb of Indianapolis, Carmel also enjoys the many cultural, entertainment and sports offerings and other features of a large urban center.