ARTS START UP SEMINAR
Have you always wanted to put on a show at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater? Do you dream of starting your own dance company? Do you aspire to bring your favorite musician to your favorite stage? Do you know just the movies to build the next Bloomington film festival? The Arts Start Up Seminar connects the expertise of the BCT staff and partners to community members who want to create the next big thing in Bloomington. Applying the philosophy and business approach of entrepreneurship and the startup industry, the seminar is an annual day-long workshop, usually held in the spring, that offers enterprising artists, organizers, and promoters the opportunity to learn the basics of imagining, planning, and executing a successful event.
This seminar is ideal for people who have an idea they want to implement but is also open to those who are just interested in learning more about the event planning process. It includes information specific to planning events at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, but the majority of the content focuses on event conceptualization and planning in general. Those who complete the workshop are eligible to submit an event proposal to the Arts Start Up Fund, which selects promising ideas for further coaching and development and ultimately chooses appropriate entries to receive rent-free use of the BCT or the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center to launch new programming.
Spring Arts Start Up Seminar Timeline:
- November – Seminar is hosted by BCT staff and community partners.
- March – Event proposals are due.
- April – Accepted proposals are announced.
Fall Arts Start Up Seminar Timeline:
- March – Seminar is hosted by BCT staff and community partners.
- September – Event proposals are due.
- October – Accepted proposals are announced.
Funded events must take place in the following calendar year.
We also present a series of educational workshops to help potential event planners develop their skills in specific areas. These workshops are a great way to prepare for the seminar.
Panic Free Planning
Far too often, events born of great ideas and newfound energy devolve into panic and spurts of chaos by the time event day arrives. If you’re tired of moving through this cycle of high hopes, followed by frustration, followed by results that were not up to your expectation, or a planning team vowing “never again,” join this two hour session to change your event planning strategy. Participants will leave the program with a compelling pitch for their event, and the outline of their event plan.
Marketing That Works
You’re passionate about what you do; the mission of your organization, the magic of your event, but you struggle to convince news media to cover it. Writing a press release seems overwhelming and who to send it to, a great unknown. Does this sound familiar? Are you looking to refresh your marketing plan or develop one for the first time? Participants will leave the program with confidence in their ability to sell their event to potential donors/sponsors, audiences, and news outlets.
Event Tech 101
Are you planning a big fundraiser, your first ever multi-venue festival, a show that you’ve been dreaming up for the last five years? Have you just now recovered from the nightmare of putting together some difficult event that left you feeling like you’ll never do it again? Don’t despair. There are easily employable methods and techniques that can help make the process of putting on your show be just as successful as the end result. The show must go on, but wouldn’t it be amazing if putting it together felt just as good for the participants as it does for the audience or guests who attend?
Spring Arts Start Up Seminar
Saturday, March 30
10:30am – 5pm
at the Monroe County Public Library through Nonprofit Central
Fall Arts Start Up Education Series
all events are held at The Mill
registration available soon
Thursday, August 29, 3 – 5pm
Marketing That Works
Thursday, September 26, 3 – 5pm
Event Tech 101
Wednesday, October 30, 3 – 5pm
Fall Arts Start Up Seminar
Saturday, November 16
10:30am – 5pm
at The Mill
Registration available soon.
BCT MOVIE PARTNER PROJECT
The Buskirk-Chumley Theater began as the Indiana Theatre, a silent movie house, in 1922. We honor this legacy by offering the BCT Movie Partner Project to encourage film events at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. For only the cost of labor and projection equipment ($400-$550 in most cases), this program enables anyone with an interest in film to screen a movie at the BCT without the usual rental fee. Options include organizing a fundraising event, sharing a documentary about an important issue, hosting a film festival, or developing a creative arts event with a focus on film.
Interested in becoming a movie partner? Here are a few things you need to know:
- Your contract cannot be confirmed more than 12 weeks in advance, although you are welcome to express interest in a date at any time so it can be noted on our booking calendar.
- We host a church service every Sunday morning, so you will not be able to access the building before 1pm.
- Although creative programs are encouraged, film must be the primary aspect of your event, with at least 50% of the event focused on the screening.
- We can advise you on obtaining the licensing for your film, if needed.
- Our online availability calendar can tell you what dates are still available for your event.