Once you’ve completed the rigorous process of creating an artist roster, it's time to address the cultivation and management of this fine group of talented people. It is important to establish respectful relationships with artists, including opportunities to listen to each other, exchange ideas and feedback, and build programs collaboratively. It is also good to state guidelines and rules from the very beginning and contract each group for their work for the year, taking into consideration compensation, communication, professional development, and more.
Setting forth your expectations in a handbook can be helpful. It is a good idea to create a written document that clearly states the agreed upon expectations and sets out any regulations artists need to follow. Keep the handbook layout friendly, easy to read, and organized. Consider the various ways people absorb information, and make the document available in a variety of forms, if possible—print, PDF, and so on.
It is a good idea to create a written document that clearly states your expectations and sets out any regulations artists need to follow. Keep the handbook layout easy to read and organized. Consider the various ways people absorb information, and make the document available in a variety of forms, if possible—print, PDF, and so on.
Your handbook should include the following content:
Artists observe each other in Musical Connections.
It’s also a good idea to ask artists to sign a statement saying they have read the handbook. We've provided an example below.
Download PDF: Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections Handbook from 2010–2011
Each artist will need a contract detailing terms of the agreement and their compensation for the work they will be doing. This is different than the handbook. The information in the contract should address employment vs. independent contractor status, payment process and payee information, permissions for audio and video recording, indemnification, cancellation, and other legal matters. This is a legally binding document and sets the tone for the serious commitment asked of artists and your organization’s commitment to them.
Artists’ fees may vary depending on the type and amount of work required, but whatever the amount, compensation for each artist should be based on a standardized fee structure and should be commensurate with the professional stature of your artists. At Carnegie Hall, we base compensation on the industry standard for teaching artists in New York City. Having a pre-determined fee structure, based on an hourly rate, is especially useful when you undertake long-term projects that require different types of activities over an extended period. Here are some examples of these activities:
At Carnegie Hall, the hourly rate for each of these activities is different, but always based on usual and customary fees for teaching artists in the New York City area.
An open communication strategy is essential in any project involving multiple parties, particularly a program like this that is based on the active inclusion of all voices. Here are a few practical suggestions:
All Musical Connections work has 360° impact, changing the lives of everyone involved, from venue staff to artists, workshop participants to audience members. To create this kind of impact, artists need opportunities to reflect on their own work by themselves, with other artists, and with experts in the field. We offer a variety of types of professional development: workshops that cover multiple topics, opportunities for artists to observe each other and share feedback, and mid-year meetings with the artists and Carnegie Hall staff.
Professional development helps artists approach brand new situations differently. Here is one artist's impression of how appropriate preparation and support can change your attitude about a performance.
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