Raleigh, NC: Welcome to the new CVNC, upgraded, improved, and renamed to coincide with our 10th anniversary year. These enhancements, planned for over two years, significantly increase our events listing capabilities, allow us to use more illustrations, and facilitate more rapid communication with our readers. We invite your comments, suggestions, and support!
This online performing arts journal, based in central North Carolina, exists to serve those who share our belief that the performing arts are an integral part of life that cannot thrive unless the community knows what is available and what effect the performances have. Our site, originally named "Classical Voice of North Carolina," is modeled on San Francisco Classical Voice, the first large-scale non-profit platform of this kind in America; because we have expanded our coverage to include many disciplines beyond classical music, we have begun using just the initials, "CVNC." Our example has in turn inspired other non-profit approaches to the dilemma arts enthusiasts face as more and more commercial papers curtail or eliminate their coverage of the fine arts.
In our tenth year of service, we published 475 performance reviews, written by critics who live throughout the state. To help us accomplish this level of coverage, we currently have 33 distinguished arts writers on our masthead plus interns at two NC colleges and a staff of three part-time employees.
In addition to reviews, CVNC publishes the most extensive performing arts calendars available in N.C.; events are listed at no cost to presenters, as a service to our readers and the arts community. With our engagement in November 2005 of our Manager we began tracking these statistics, too; in FY 2010-11, we published listings of 2,500 unique events representing over 475 presenters, performing groups, and artists in half of the N.C. counties (plus a handful of significant broadcasts/webcasts of live performances).
Readership has continued to expand, as it has done annually since our establishment in July 2001. There are currently 33,467 site visits (over 780,350 "hits" per month). That's 1,115 visitors per day. Our readership has grown enough for us to be able to market ads on our home page, review index pages, and regional calendar pages and thus earn some income beyond grants and contributions while concurrently offering other non-profits a viable and inexpensive way to supplement their own marketing efforts; 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 your support.
We again thank the presenters across our state whose cooperation makes our work possible. Without input from series managers, college and university arts personnel, and musicians, dancers, and directors 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 10th birthday on July 4, 2011. We urge our readers to patronize the presenters whose performances are listed in CVNC and to thank them.
It's a fact that we are all in this together. Thank you!
Joel Adams & Joe Kahn, Co-Chairs
CVNC Board of Directors
PS: 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. And please contact us if you would like to join our support team.
(1/17/11, revised 11/11/11)
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