These things happen here.
- NPAFE showcases performing artists in the United States actively pursuing a career in the performing arts.*
- NPAFE identifies business world organizations — companies, trade associations, even not-for-profits not connected with the performing arts — that are keen to sponsor performing artists and have budgets to compensate them realistically for theater or site-specific performances
- NPAFE then identifies concrete opportunities — matches of time and place — for specific performing artists to be sponsored financially by one or more of these business world partners. Sponsors underwrite all costs including fees to NPAFE (if any); artists receive all NPAFE services for free.**
This is how NPAFE showcases performing artists.
- NPAFE offers a free profile to performing artists starting out on their own. Here’s an example.
- NPAFE offers career performing artists their own bio page including stills and one or more videos. Here’s an example
- NPAFE provides pro bono guidance to performing artists on resolving real-world problems. Examples include how to write compelling bios, deal with financial challenges, engineer effective marketing, and even run crowd-funding campaigns.
This is how NPAFE helps performing artist groups locate funding.
Performing artist groups can be performing artist companies, troupes, regional and national performing artist associations, even individual performing artists actively freelancing or originating stand-alone performances.
- The performing artist group and NPAFE formally agree to work together. In particular, NPAFE affirms that the performing artist group will always retain full ownership rights to its intellectual property.
- In close collaboration with the performing artist group, NPAFE prepares an in-depth portfolio emphasizing the group’s VP and USP — its Value Proposition and Unique Selling Proposition — with special focus on its creativity, tenacity, entrepreneurship, and track record. Here’s an example. (For more about how we go about searching for funding, click here.)
- NPAFE actively presents the portfolio to potential business world sponsors. When a sponsor agrees to support the group, NPAFE works closely with sponsor and performing artist to arrange times and places for presentations. Performing artists retain complete artistic control over, and ownership of, their work product.
- In cases where NPAFE succeeds in locating funding from corporate sponsors for a performing artist or group, it will deduct a 15% fee from that amount. This said, NPAFE will ask the corporate sponsor to cover some or all of that amount, reducing or eliminating that cost to the artist.
* This includes performing artists whether they are employed full time in the performing arts or holding day jobs to support their performing arts careers.
** With one exception: While NPAFE usually does not charge for fiscal agency services, it may charge a small fee, no greater than 5%, in cases of sustained fundraising over a significant period of time. Contact NPAFE for details.