National Independent Venue Foundation Fellowship

Fellowship Description

Do you believe in the power of music and performance to shape the lives of young people? Do you want to support stronger ties between community members? Do you have research, outreach, and data synthesis skills? The National Independent Venue Foundation’s Social Impact Fellowship position is designed to develop resources and opportunities for NIVF’s Education & Community Engagement program.

Independent venues can be living classrooms, creating programming and partnerships that engage underserved populations in music-making and performance education. They can invest in local artists, providing new streams of revenue, helping artists diversify their work and gain stability. And they can commit to building the workforce and create needed pathways for BIPOC individuals to join the music and hospitality industries.

Much of this work is already occurring at a local level, led by individual artists, venues, nonprofits, and community groups. As the Foundation builds towards funded cohorts supporting education and community engagement programming, the Social Impact Fellow will research existing programs across the country, compile a database of opportunities for cross-pollination and shared learning, highlight success stories and best practices, and lay the groundwork for future program development.

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The mission of the National Independent Venue Foundation is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live performance venues and promoters by supporting a transparent, competitive marketplace serving a diverse and inclusive community of artists, fans, and industry workers. We do this work through Workforce Development programming that upskills the existing independent live entertainment workforce and supports equitable advancement, as well as entry into the sector through internships, mentorships, and education and community engagement programming that brings new audiences into venues. The Foundation also provides sector support in the form of an Emergency Relief Fund to address unforeseen catastrophes and resources for planning and readiness.

SIF Mentor

Carl Swanson
Executive Director, National Independent Venue Foundation

Carl Swanson is the Executive Director of the National Independent Venue Foundation, where he leads strategic programming, fundraising, and sector support efforts for a diverse, inclusive, and thriving independent live entertainment community. Swanson was co-chair of the Emergency Relief Fund committee for independent venues in 2020-2021,…

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Current & Past Fellows and Mentors

Jonathan Aguirre *22, SPO
Vice President, User Experience Research Lead, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Participant, American Higher Ed & Ethics of AI Learning Cohorts & Professional Development Working Group Member
Clio Hall Award Recipient
Karina Alexanyan
Director of Strategy, All Tech is Human
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Genevieve Allotey-Pappoe, GS, MUS
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow
Scott Alpizar
Director of Venture Commercialization, Foundation Venture Capital Group
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Megan Armknecht, GS, HIS
Summer Intern, Bureau of Bureau of Public Affairs/ Office of the Historian in Washington D.C
Pierre Azou, GS, FIT
Social Impact Fellow
Yuzhou Bai *23, EAS
Professional Development Associate 2019-21
Social Impact Fellow
Clio Hall Award Recipient
Rebecca Bengoechea
Senior International Rights Manager, Princeton University Press
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Debbie Bisno
Director of University and Artistic Partnerships, McCarter Theatre
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor
Anna Blue, GS, SPIA
Social Impact Fellow