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Sustaining ImagineARTS at South Shore Conservatory


Founded in 1970, South Shore Conservatory is the largest community music school in New England and one of the fifteen largest organizations of its kind in the nation. With two campuses located south of Boston, Massachusetts, the conservatory serves over 4,000 students annually and is supported by a budget of nearly $5 million. One of South Shore Conservatory’s key access programs, ImagineARTS, is an early intervention, literacy-based arts program, has grown exponentially since its launch in 2012, but now faces the question of how to wield its unstable budget toward sustaining and funding future growth. After reviewing a short history of the organization and an overview of the ImagineARTS program, readers will evaluate two funding scenarios that are being considered by the SSC leadership team to ensure the long-term prosperity and future growth of the program.

Author: Eric Laprade
Published: Volume 4, Spring 2018
Details: PDF Download – 9 pages plus Appendices
ISSN: 2475-4994

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Case Study Methodology

Eastman Case Studies for classroom use have three key attributes:

1. They offer an issue encountered by management in music administration, which demands a resolution or action.

2. They put the student into the business situation, creating an immersive experience that will sharpen student judgement and acumen for similar circumstances.

3. They are presented as chronologically compact scenarios, keeping to facts that bear on the case, and minimizing long histories and extraneous stories about musical arts organizations. The cases shine a light onto particular business problems and are packaged concisely for student learning.