Dear Debbie,


The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville is a membership-driven arts service organization and united arts fund. It manages a 28,000 square foot facility that includes community dance studio and rehearsal space; 10 individual artist studios; offices of 9 arts organizations; and 5 visual art exhibition spaces.


Since we are supported by tax dollars, our rental rates are all below market, including our event rental rates. Nonetheless, we do receive about $200,000/year from all of our rental spaces combined. We have two full-time employees (including me). I handle the long-term rentals (artist studios and arts organization offices), advocacy, fundraising, and most of our grant programs. Our Deputy Director handles all of our event rentals, including exhibitions and special events. Our Deputy Director also handles all of our mass communications, our four websites, and administers one of our program grants.


Our Deputy Director has been with the organization for 14 years. She makes in the mid-sixties and receives four weeks of vacation (three weeks as a result of seniority and one extra week because she is so often on-call during the weekends for our private events).


Here is the link to our PRIVATE EVENT website:


Here is the link to our PRIVATE EVENT calendar:


Please let me know if you have any other questions.


Best of luck,


--Liza Zenni


From: [] On Behalf Of Debbie Lumpkins
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 10:39 AM
Subject: [Americans for the Arts] Salary for Special Events Coordinator


All -


We have an arts center with a dinner theatre that is rented out for weddings, receptions, parties and corporate events in addition to being used for our own Arts & Entertainment series. Since our facility is a historic freight train depot, it is a vintage/rustic facility that is sought out by many brides and grooms for their wedding venue. Our Special Events Coordinator works with rental events and our Arts Programs Manager handles all of our arts programs in and out of the facility.


Needless to say the facility is being utilized especially with two rehearsal studios also, but with the right Special Events Coordinator it could be booked more often and generate more revenues. Our challenge is finding the right person with the right credentials to work part-time at our nonprofit salary. The officers of my board have suggested that this position become a commission based salary instead of a straight salary so that there is more incentive to book events.


At this moment, I am asking my fellow UAFs:


1. Do you rent out your facility for special events, primarily weddings?


2. Is the person coordinating these events part-time or full-time


3. If so, is anyone commission based? Or, are they straight salary and how much?


Thanks in advance for any and all feedback! I am trying to pull this information together by next Thursday, September 6, so that I can share data with my Executive Committee.


I hope that you had a good Labor Day holiday!


- Debbie


Debbie Lumpkins, Executive Director

High Point Arts Council

Centennial Station Arts Center

121 S. Centennial Street

High Point, NC  27260


Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


336-889-2787 ext. 22

336-889-2789 FAX

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