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.
The President/CEO oversees all aspects of the Center and the Foundation, ensuring an efficient, effective and fiscally sound operation. Reporting directly to the Boards of Directors of the Center and the Foundation, the President/CEO 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 resident companies and fostering creative and imaginative programming and education/outreach activities. The aggregate annual budget is approximately $10 million, with a staff complement of 37 full-time and 12 part-time employees, a 28-member board for the Center and a 24-member board for the Foundation. The Center and the Foundation are formally linked through a Permanent Affiliation Agreement and share many administrative, marketing, branding and fundraising functions.
The Center for the Performing Arts launched in 2011 with the grand opening of the 1,600-seat Palladium concert hall, later adding the 500-seat Tarkington proscenium theater and the black-box Studio Theater. Combined, the three venues provide a setting to engage the community in the celebration of great art.
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 Center is not only a haven for local theater, dance and music organizations to perform, it also provides three of the finest stages in the world, playing host to the globe’s most gifted performers. The Palladium in particular is an architectural treasure, modeled after architect Andrea Palladio’s 16th century Villa Capra in northern Italy. Designed to last 500 years or more, the elegant facility offers an acoustic setting that is second to none.
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 Foundation was founded by Michael Feinstein in 2007 and currently has offices and a gallery space within the Palladium that are open to visitors 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 Willson. 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 Great 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 at the Center, 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 that 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 Alzheimer’s Association, provides therapeutic musical experiences for older adults, especially those with dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders.
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 87,000, Carmel is one of the most affluent communities in the Midwest, with excellent public schools, exceptional city services, a variety of ongoing and annual events (a Farmers Market, summer concerts, festivals) and well-managed parks and recreational activities. Carmel is consistently rated 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 & Design District and other amenities. As a suburb just north of Indianapolis, Carmel also enjoys the many cultural, entertainment and sports offerings and other features of a large urban center.
Awards and other recognition recently received by Carmel include:
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
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, programming, marketing, advancement, external relations and the Songbook Foundation.
The President/CEO must lead the organization with a positive spirit of collaboration and transparency, maintaining ongoing dialogues with the staff, resident companies, funders, external clients, audience members, the media and other stakeholders.