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Who do I contact to join the consortium and attend the Vermont planning intensive?

What is the Community Engagement Lab?

How does the CEL work?

How will we interact with the commissioned artist and soloist at the planning intensive?

What are the expected outcomes at the end of the planning intensive in Vermont?

Where and when will the planning intensive take place?

What is the cost to join the commissioning consortium and participate in the intensive?

When the soloist performs the commissioned work with my orchestra, is their fee included in the fee paid to the CEL?

Can more than one member of my organization attend the Vermont intensive?

What expenses related to my participation at the Vermont intensive are covered in my consortium fee?

What expenses related to my participation at the Vermont intensive are not covered in my consortium fee?
 

Who do I contact to join the consortium and attend the Vermont planning intensive?
Brian Horner, Commissioning Consortium Manager.

What is the Community Engagement Lab?

1) A commissioning consortium for a major creative work and accompanying community engagement projects.
 
2) A place to imagine and design bold public engagement projects that build community, strengthen aspirations and activate imagination.
 
3) A Vermont retreat where you can reflect on your work, meet with colleagues and learn from shared passions.

How does the Lab work?
Each commissioning cycle has the following path:

1) A consortium of organizations and programming partners commission a major creative work.
 
2) Representatives from each commissioning or programming partner, and the commissioned artist and soloist(s) gather in Vermont in August for a week-long planning intensive. Everyone dives into a series of interactive sessions with the Lab staff that lead the group to create the engagement project designs that will accompany the premiere of the commissioned work.

3) Each partner customizes the project designs to best fit with their community engagement opportunities. Planning continues over the following months to refine the project designs and strengthen the community partnerships that will be required to carry out the project(s).
 

How will we interact with the commissioned artist and soloist at the planning intensive?
The commissioned composer will bring sketches of his/her new work to the planning intensive in Vermont. Lab participants will brainstorm and experiment with the artist and soloist on ways to use the work as a catalyst for engaging communities.


What are the expected outcomes
at the end of the week-long planning intensive?

Lab participants will take away plans of engagement projects that will allow them to set the stage with their community partners for their project’s eventual roll-out. A communications plan will be established for the Lab to facilitate ongoing interaction between the partners to share ideas and results as their projects are refined and presented.

Where and when will the planning intensive take place?
The planning intensive is held annually in Burlington, Vermont, the first week in August. Champlain College will be our host. Lodging will be in private, air-conditioned dorm rooms on the campus of Champlain College in downtown Burlington. Hotel accommodations are available for an additional fee.

What is the cost to join the commissioning consortium and participate in the intensive?
Consortium fees are based on the size of your organization's budget. Since we are currently focusing on music commissions, we are using the League of American Orchestra's meeting groups as the fee tiers. Please contact Brian Horner, CEL Commissioning Consortium Manager, for more information on consortium fees.

When the soloist performs the commissioned work with my orchestra, is their fee included in the fee paid to the CEL?
No. The soloist's performing fee for the premiere of the work with your orchestra is negotiated separately between your organization and the soloist's representative.

Can more than one member of my organization attend the Vermont intensive?
Yes, for an additional fee. Contact Commissioning Consortium Manager
Brian Horner for more information.

What expenses related to my participation at the Lab planning intensive are covered in my consortium fee?

LODGING: private, air-conditioned dorm room at Champlain College. Hotel lodging is available for an additional fee.
MEALS: breakfast and lunch

What expenses are not covered by my consortium fee?
Everyone is on their own for dinner.