Sunday, August 10, 2014

Open Nominations for the Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential Arts Leaders

Good morning.
"And the beat goes on………………….."


Every year, for the past six years, I have posted a list of the Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts.

This is a list of those with power and influence in our field.  It is NOT necessarily a list of the smartest or brightest people, nor a list of those who have the best vision of the future, nor even those who have had the greatest impact on our field - though the names on each year's list have had significant impact and that is (often, but not always) precisely why they have power and influence.    Click here for last year's blog for a more detailed rundown of the listing.

Over the past six years, I have assembled a list of over 450 names from my group of anonymous nominators.  Some people on the list one year, because of retirement, sabbatical or inactivity, fall off the list the next year.  Some of those return in subsequent years.  Over the past six years, the list has seen an  annual increase in newer people making it on - as their influence and impact have increased and with that renown so has their power.

As I pretty much know who the usual suggested names will be, this year I have asked a smaller group of nominators to send me their suggestions for inclusion on the list to augment the 450 names on the master list.  And always on the lookout for possible candidates for the list, I've added another 25 names for consideration that have come to my attention over the past year.  But I want to make sure that I am not overlooking the rise in the field of people who might well be included on the list, but are under (at least my) radar, and so this year I am opening up the nominating process to the field, and invite you to suggest the names of people you think have the requisite power and influence in our field to justify their inclusion on the list.

I am particularly looking for people who may not be quite so widely known, but who have major influence and power in our universe.  All suggestions will remain confidential and anonymous.

So, please send me the name or names of those you think have real power and influence.  I need their names, organizational affiliation, and, if you have time, any other information that would help me realize a better and deeper picture of why that person is powerful and influential so I might vet those suggestions.

I need those suggestions no later than August 18th.

Thank you very much.

Don't Quit
Barry

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