Raleigh, NC: Welcome to Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC), North Carolina's statewide arts journal, filling the gaps left by commercial papers as more and more of them curtail or eliminate their coverage of the fine arts. We offer reviews, event listings, news, and more, including a blog intended to facilitate communications among groups and individuals. We invite your comments, suggestions, and support!
In our last full year of service, we published over 500 reviews, written by critics who live throughout the state. To help us accomplish this level of coverage, we currently have
40 distinguished arts writers on our masthead plus interns at two NC colleges and a staff consisting of one full-time and two part-time employees.
In addition to reviews, CVNC publishes the most extensive arts calendar available in NC. Events are posted by our employees as a service to our readers and the arts community. In fiscal year 2013-14, we published listings of 3,550+ unique events representing more than 7,230 individual performances. Since 2010, we have posted over 15,000 events from nearly 1,000 presenters, performing groups, and artists across NC (plus a handful of significant broadcasts/webcasts of live performances).
This online arts journal, based in central North Carolina, exists to serve those who share our belief that the arts are an integral part of life that cannot thrive unless the community knows what is available and what effect the presentations have. Our site is modeled after San Francisco Classical Voice, the first large-scale non-profit platform of this kind in America. Our example has in turn inspired other non-profit approaches: among the most recent is Classical Voice North America, published by the Music Critics Association of North America.
Readership has continued to expand, as it has done annually since our establishment in July 2001. There are currently over 60,000 site visits per month – that's nearly 2,000 visitors per day. Our readership now enables us to market ads visible on all pages and thus earn income beyond grants and contributions while concurrently offering presenters viable ways to supplement their own marketing efforts at affordable prices in an "all arts" journal; revenue from all sources helps us sustain our operations as we continue to grow. We are profoundly grateful to all who have joined with us in this effort.
We invite prior donors to renew their support in order to help us match our current-year grants, and we invite readers who have not yet contributed to CVNC to do so now, as new donors are needed so we may continue to cover the arts across North Carolina.
We thank presenters across our state whose cooperation makes our work possible. Without input from series managers, college and university arts personnel, and musicians, actors, dancers, directors, and visual artists everywhere – and without their generous provision of tickets for our critics so we can review their offerings – CVNC would not have made it to its 14th birthday on July 4, 2015.
We urge our readers to patronize the presenters whose performances are listed in CVNC. It's a fact that we are all in this together. Thank you!
Barbara Sawyer, Chair
CVNC Board of Directors