Today, an administrator has the ability to manage the entire granting lifecycle, including applicant relations, panelist reviews, and fund distributions. Additionally, benefits of online storage through cloud computing and software that require less hardware have increased product capabilities. The ability for a GMS to interact with other systems, such as payment portals and accounting systems, has also made management of the grant lifecycle within a GMS easier. For many of today’s grant-making organizations, GMS is an essential tool in day-to-day activities.
To assess expectations, use, and satisfaction with current grants management systems among state and regional arts agencies, a survey concentrating on three primary aspects of GMS was distributed to 62 state and regional arts agencies throughout the United States.
One of the too-many-hats I wear is that of historian. We can learn so much about the future if we look back (short-term or long-term) and reflect. Trite but true, we are our history. So listening to MIT's Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte's Ted Talk was a unique happy moment, as he eloquently reveals how predicting the future comes out of an extension of knowledge of the past.
As many arts marketers, social media gurus, and nonprofit professionals attest, the question for nonprofit arts organizations is no longer whether or not to use social media but rather how to use it most effectively. This shift is reflected by AMT Lab readers’ responses to our 2014 AMT Lab Reader Poll, where a whopping 76% of respondents indicated they would like to see additional research on social media analytics while only 31% indicated interest in research on social media platforms themselves.
The year has come full circle for me and tweet seats. From my first conversation about them last summer at the Theatre Communications Group Annual Conference to the CMU School of Music’s tweet seat initiative this past spring, the last twelve months provided an opportunity to play with this still new (and at times, controversial) audience engagement tool.
State arts agencies need to report not only to NASAA and the NEA, but also to other entities, such as state legislatures and the general public. These reports communicate impact to all stakeholders within the agency and across its jurisdiction. A GMS’s querying and reporting capabilities impact how this information is accessed and, ultimately, understood.
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