CLIENT CASE STUDIES

The Wallace Foundation
The Wallace Foundation called on consultants from WolfBrown to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of its then eight-year-old "Meet the Composer" program, which supports the commissioning of new orchestral pieces.

Working with a database amassed by the program's administrators, the consultants studied the type of organization and genre of works that had been funded, as well as the age and ethnicity of the composers and librettists whose work was supported. In conducting the analysis they took a number of variables into account — the number and type of performances that resulted; the rehearsal time the commission demanded; and the composer's relationship to the performance site and organization. They also interviewed more than 50 participants.

The consultants found the program's administration to be exemplary, the "consortium approach" to be an effective mechanism for stimulating new work, and most critically, that significant new works had been created. But they noted that program administrators would have to make adjustments to increase the program's audience development impact if they wanted to remain aligned with the Fund's grantmaking goals. Suggested refinements included improved outreach, better dissemination of the completed works, and more audience education.

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