Research: Major Studies

Technology Needs Assessment: Surveys of Artists and Arts Organizations
1998 to 2000

Co-principal investigator on a model technology needs assessment project designed to inventory the technical resources, capabilities and needs of the cultural community.  The project developed a baseline understanding of how technology currently was – or was not – used by arts constituents in the participating states.  This information was used by state arts agencies and other arts supporters in each state to plan service-delivery strategies, to communicate efficiently with constituents, and to develop programs that suited the needs of artists, arts organizations and audiences. 

Dancer Contract Terms and Conditions in Major Ballet Companies
1996 to 1998

Leading a team of graduate students in compiling and analyzing key terms and conditions of dancer employment contracts with major ballet companies.  The original results were reported to ballet executives at Dance/USA’s Winter Forum (January 1997).  Updated salary figures were reported to ballet executives at Dance/USA’s Spring Forum (June 2000).

Assessing the Role of Formal Education in Arts Administration Training
1993 to 1995

One of two principal investigators on a survey of more than 700 executives of performing arts institutions in the United States, soliciting:  1) data on the management training of those individuals, 2) their perception of formal training in arts administration, and 3) recommendations for further development for the field.