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Apr 03, 2013

We’ve launched our 2013 Benchmarking Survey and invite all Full members of the Guild to participate (Deadline: April 30).

The Guild conducts this critical survey every few years for the benefit of our members and the field as a whole. The survey includes questions about staffing levels, wages, employee benefits, pricing, financial aid, general finances, program offerings, and student demographics. Members consistently report that the Benchmarking Survey is among the most valuable services we provide. The survey report is used by community arts education providers to guide planning, budgeting, policy making, and advocacy efforts. Data is also used to facilitate networking and to educate funders and policy makers about the scope and impact of our field.

A unique survey link was emailed to the primary contact at our Full member institutions on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Data is reported anonymously, only in aggregate, and in a manner that cannot be linked back to our members in any way. The participation of our members is vital if we are to produce a comprehensive report.

We will release the survey report in July 2013. All member organizations that complete the entire survey will receive a complimentary copy of the Benchmarking Data Report, valued at $125. The non-member price is $175.

“The Benchmarking Survey is an invaluable tool that helps ensure the most important aspects of our operations are in sync with the field at large. From tuition, fees, salaries, enrollment, finances and more, it provides a guide to the best practices in the field of community arts education. Additionally, wide participation in the Field Survey underscores the importance we in community arts place on openness and transparency.” —Lee Koonce, Executive Director, Third Street Music School Settlement, New York, NY

Because members will need to gather financial, human resources and enrollment data, the survey will likely take between two and three hours to complete. We are certain that you will find the resulting report well worth it. Many members also find that the process of collecting and calculating the data produces important insights in and of itself.

“By participating in the Benchmarking Survey, our organization strengthened its ability to track and report statistical data  that we use to apply for grants and to inform our board and constituents. The final report has allowed us to share and respond to national trends in the field and to make adjustments to salaries and fees when appropriate.”  --Joyce Bonomini, Director of Education, Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute, Clearwater, FL

Questions may be directed to James at 212-268-3337 ext. 12. For technical assistance with the online survey instrument, contact Americans for the Arts Research Coordinator Amanda Alef at (202) 371-2830 or

Also, please note that the Survey Orientation Webinar for Full members, originally scheduled on Wednesday, April 10, has been postponed to Wednesday, April 17, 12:00PM - 12:45PM EDT. Learn More

Pictured Above: Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA

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