Arts Manager International (AMI) provides executive training and consultation for non-profit arts, culture, and educational organisations.


AMI provides support in the areas of:


  • strategic planning

  • capital campaign planning and implementation

  • artistic planning

  • institutional and programmatic marketing

  • board management and productivity

  • fundraising  


AMI’s training and consultation programmes utilize its core philosophy, The Cycle, which maintains that success for arts and cultural organisations in today’s climate requires a mastery of four, sequential actions:


  1. The consistent production of bold, surprising, high-quality art;

  2. Aggressive marketing that creates demand for this art, and the institution behind it, attracting and exciting patrons;

  3. Cultivation of the resulting “family” of ticket-buyers, trustees, and supporters, drawn by this art and market­ing, and who wish to see the organisation succeed; and

  4. Fundraising that transforms the goodwill of this family into resources through contributions, volunteerism, and board service.

AMI refers to these four activities (dominant art and programmes, aggressive marketing, family, and fundraising) as a “cycle” of planning which, if repeated year after year, builds and sustains organisational health.


To provide this support, AMI draws upon the expertise of its senior leadership and more than 30 consultants worldwide. Each of these professionals is a specialist in his or her field. AMI staff and consultants have advised hundreds of individuals, organisations, governments, and foundations throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries on six continents. AMI is led by Chairman Michael M. Kaiser and President Brett Egan.


AMI’s programmes are open to a wide range of institutions, from traditional performing and presenting organisations, museums and galleries, art schools and libraries, public art trusts, and non-profit cinemas. It offers support to individuals, organisations, and—in collaboration with foundations and governments—to communities of organisations throughout the world. AMI’s services for individuals include research and exploration, fellowships for arts managers, and online courses designed for those interested in building thriving cultural institutions around the world. AMI offers regional and national capacity building programmes and board development intensives to communities in partnership with governments and other funders worldwide. Additionally, AMI provides customized consultation services to organisations in the areas of strategic planning, organisational audits, and other planning and implementation.


AMI is currently engaged in a United Kingdom-based, 18-month teaching and consultation programme designed to accelerate participating organisations’ revenue-generating capacity, with an emphasis on fundraising. The programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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