Dayton Performing Arts Alliance: A Collaboration of Minds, Businesses, and Artistic Visions

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance: A Collaboration of Minds, Businesses, and Artistic Visions

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance: A Collaboration of Minds, Businesses, and Artistic Visions PR Newswire DAYTON, Ohio, July 9, 2012 DAYTON, Ohio, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Following more than two years of due diligence, analysis, and planning the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra— Dayton's three classical performing arts organizations — became a new, single entity on July 1, 2012: the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. While the organizations are now a single entity, the three performing arts units will continue the process of merging organizations, operationally. Video news release here. "It took great foresight, courage, and leadership to engage in the complex due diligence process and pursue a common vision. We are thrilled with what this first-in-the-nation merger will mean for Greater Dayton," Mike Parks, President of The Dayton Foundation, said. "The Dayton Ballet, Opera, and Philharmonic are integral to the cultural health of our community, and this merger, this act of renewal, energizes our culture for generations to come." The Dayton Daily News called the merger, "…a new day for arts in Dayton." The organizations participated in a sound and thorough due diligence process in their approach to the merger: In late 2010, the executive directors of the three organizations and their respective board Chairs met to determine if there was interest in creating one entity that would be stronger than the three separate organizations.

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance: A
Collaboration of Minds, Businesses, and
Artistic Visions
PR Newswire
DAYTON, Ohio, July 9, 2012
DAYTON, Ohio
,
July 9, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Following more than two years of
due diligence, analysis, and planning the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra—
Dayton
's three classical performing arts
organizations — became a new, single entity on
July 1, 2012
: the
Dayton
Performing Arts Alliance
. While the organizations are now a single entity, the
three performing arts units will continue the process of merging organizations,
operationally. Video news release here.
"It took great foresight, courage, and leadership to engage in the complex due
diligence process and pursue a common vision. We are thrilled with what this
first-in-the-nation merger will mean for
Greater Dayton
,"
Mike Parks,
President of The Dayton Foundation
, said. "The Dayton Ballet, Opera, and
Philharmonic are integral to the cultural health of our community, and this
merger, this act of renewal, energizes our culture for generations to come."
The
Dayton Daily News called the merger
, "…a new day for arts in
Dayton
."
The organizations participated in a sound and thorough due diligence process in
their approach to the merger:
In late 2010, the executive directors of the three organizations and their respective
board Chairs met to determine if there was interest in creating one entity that would be
stronger than the three separate organizations.
The next phase was dedicated to determining if a comprehensive partnership and
merger plan could be developed. In
January 2011
, the Ballet, Opera, and Phil undertook
a six-to-eight-month study that began to develop the business case and business plan
for a potential merged organization. They engaged independent consultants from the
Strategic Leadership Associates, Inc. (a consulting company specializing in strategic
and sustainable organizational solutions) and The Dayton Foundation (an organization
that assists other nonprofits through providing funding and strategic expertise) to assist
the three organizations in the planning for the merger.
The arts organizations spent 16 months examining and planning for the merger. The
Dayton Foundation assisted the organizations' management and Boards with funds
from the Nonprofit Alliance Support Program. In
November 2011
, the groups were
notified of two special gifts that would be available, contingent on the merger taking
place:
$500,000
over two years from the Harry A. Toulmin, Jr., and Virginia B. Toulmin
Fund of The Dayton Foundation and another
$500,000
over two years from an
anonymous donor, with a potential additional grant of
$250,000
in year three.
The two new major grants will be used to help the Alliance manage costs
associated with the merger itself, and will provide additional operating support
for the first three years of operation, while economies of scale are realized.
These grants will also, and perhaps most importantly, provide support for new
artistic initiatives that are at the heart of this innovative merger plan.
In early February of 2012, the Merger Agreement was approved individually by each of
the arts organization's respective governing boards. In February and March of 2012, the
Dayton Ballet and
Dayton
Opera associations' membership, respectively and per those
organizations' by-laws, also approved the Merger.
As of
July 1, 2012
, the three organizations became a single entity. While the groups are
legally merged, they will continue the process of merging organizations, operationally.
This process has helped to foster a foundation for collaborations, and thus an
opportunity for exceptional artistic production and programming.
"It's been a long journey to reach this point, and now the really important work
begins," said
Paul Helfrich,
former President of the
Dayton Philharmonic
and, now,
President and Chief Executive Officer
of the merged
Dayton
Performing Arts Alliance
. "It's very exciting to be breaking new ground in a
way that we feel is destined for great success. I'm humbled to work with the
fantastic artists of the Dayton Ballet,
Dayton
Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic,
especially our distinguished Artistic Directors
Karen Russo Burke
,
Thomas
Bankston
, and
Neal Gittleman
. Together, we will build on this innovative
partnership and do great things."
About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in
July 2012
as the result of a
groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the
Dayton
Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest
performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety
of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic
excellence. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in
part by
Montgomery County
and Culture Works, the single largest source of
community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton
Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts
Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of
the arts and to preserve
Ohio
's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts
Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth,
educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all
Ohio
residents. The
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 2012-2013
season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
CONTACT:
Paul A. Helfrich
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone +1-937-224-3521 x.108
phelfrich@daytonphilharmonic.com