Cost Comparisons: Arts Districts, Cultural Districts, Design Districts

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Our Underwritten & Subsidized Products & Services: Member Training Advantages For A Wide Variety Of Arts, Deisgn & Culture-Based Community Development Pursuits

The comparative advantages the 7 Arts Foundation clearly brings to your important downtown rehabilitation or redevelopment

We recycle much of our fees back into a subsidy program to help flatten the training and advisory costs and charges of our associates and affiliates - just one of the advantages of working with an operating foundation dedicated to downtown solutions

Please feel free to compare typical training costs and advisory charges from comparable commercial firms and academic agencies with our Members-only rates. Many of our Members' training services and advisory offerings can qualify as endowment-disbursed charitable allocations. All cost-comparison data provided by Member firm, GM Solutions (I.07 Study Report to Membership)

Technical Assistance [A sample comparing over 30 advisory programs offered as of January '08]

  • Downtown assessments: 7AF program averaged 20% less than the rates charged by many university departments and 36% less than the rates charged by many commercial firms; and, 7AF offers a no-interest extended-payment program for qualified members [nothing comparable offered from commercial firms]
  • Competitive advantage assessments: 7AF program averaged over 21% less than the rates charged by many university departments and 38% less than rates charged by most commercial firms; and, 7AF offers a no-interest extended-payment program for qualified members
  • Developing Gateways and public arts elements to help build up desirable types of downtown neighborhood identities: 7AF programs averaged 19% less than rates charged by many university departments and 40% less than the rates charged by many commercial firms; and, 7AF offers a no-interest extended-payment program for qualified members [nothing comparable offered from commercial firms]
  • Economic renewal program in under-performing blocks of downtown in partnership with city-led redevelopment or rehabilitation work:  7AF programs averaged 16% less than rates charged by many university departments and 33% less than the rates charged by many commercial firms; and, 7AF offers a no-interest extended-payment program for qualified members [nothing comparable offered from commercial firms]

Informational Assistance [A sample comparing over 20 training and advisory programs offered as of January '08]

  • Helping schools and arts/design groups partner to establish a delinquincy prevention program: 7AF program averaged 30% less than the rates charged by many university departments and 48% less than the rates charged by many commercial firms; and, 7AF offers a no-interest extended-payment program for qualified members [nothing comparable offered from commercial firms]
  • Helping arts and design institutions generate materials to develop a culturally active community that welcomes diversity, openness and pride of place: 7AF program averaged 20% less than the rates charged by many university departments and 36% less than the rates charged by many commercial firms; and, 7AF offers a no-interest extended-payment program for qualified members [nothing comparable offered from commercial firms]
  • Helping develop a unified data base of arts-design organizations:  7AF program averaged 19% less than the rates charged by many university departments and 28% less than the rates charged by many commercial firms; and, 7AF offers a no-interest extended-payment program for qualified members [nothing comparable offered from commercial firms]

Consultative Assistance [A sample of over 30 advisory programs offered as of January '07]

  • Partnering with social service organizations to help them learn how best to increase community trust, participation and ways to fold arts/design pursuits: 7AF program averaged 23% less than the rates charged by many university departments and 41% less than the rates charged by many commercial firms; and, 7AF offers a no-interest extended-payment program for qualified members [nothing comparable offered from commercial firms]
  • Advising community advocates as to ways to help teach the value of handiwork in everyday life and encourage broad-based cultural development and socially responsible partnerships:  7AF program averaged 20% less than the rates charged by many university departments and 36% less than the rates charged by many commercial firms; and, 7AF offers a no-interest extended-payment program for qualified members [nothing comparable offered from commercial firms]
  • Training a corridor's arts/design nonprofits and businesses about the challenge of investment capital-intensive initiatives:  7AF program averaged 18% less than the rates charged by many university departments and 26% less than the rates charged by many commercial firms; and, 7AF offers a no-interest extended-payment program for qualified members [nothing comparable offered from commercial firms]
  • Advising boards of directors and trustees and partnerships on matters of governance, accountability and leadership succession:  7AF program averaged 24% less than the rates charged by many university departments and 44% less than the rates charged by many commercial firms; and, 7AF offers a no-interest extended-payment program for qualified members [nothing comparable offered from commercial firms]
  • Advising arts and design nonprofits how to report their disclosure statements to government, NGO, foundation, lending and philanthropic groups:  7AF program averaged 15% less than the rates charged by many university departments and 27% less than the rates charged by many commercial firms; and, 7AF offers a no-interest extended-payment program for qualified members [nothing comparable offered from commercial firms]

  • A SAMPLE COMPARING OVER TWO DOZEN TRAINING & ADVISORY SERVICES FOR MEMBERS; GM SOLUTIONS IS ALWAYS UPDATING THE COMPARISONS VALUED BY OUR MEMBERS.

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Membership Always Open | Questions | Call Us: 7AF new all points number: 903.831.9219| M-Th 11-4 CST; Sa. 11-12N CST.

New Membership Fee Structure

  • Collaborator: $75.00/month, or $815.00 per year [10% savings]
    • Application Fee waived 
    • All Training services available at 40% discount
    • Quarterly, Off-site consultative sessions [total of 8 hours]
    • Annual Advisory assessment
    • Limited access to data, membership streams
    • Optional On-site Consultation @ $275.00/day [all-inclusive package]
    • Annual meeting invitation
  • Partner: $100.00/month, or $1,070.00 per year (11% savings)
    • Application Fee Waived 
    • All Training services available at 60% discount
    • Bi-Monthly, Off-site consultative sessions [total of 12 hours]
    • Annual Advisory assessment and design review
    • Access to data, membership streams
    • Optional On-site Consultation @ $250.00/day [all-inclusive package]
    • Optional Quarterly maintenance program @ $95/quarter [all-inclusive package]
    • Annual meeting invitation: Partner Members attend this event 50% off all Charges
  • Founding: $150.00/month, or $1,585.00 per year (12% savings)
    • Application Fee Waived 
    • All Training services available at 80% discount
    • Monthly, Off-site consultative sessions [total of 16 hours]
    • Annual Advisory assessment, design review
    • Access to data, membership streams
    • Optional On-site Consultation @ $225.00/day [all-inclusive package]
    • Optional Bi-Monthly maintenance program @ $75/Session [all-inclusive package]
    • Monograph devoted to destination district
    • Copies of all reports, monographs, all non-confidential abstracts
    • Annual meeting invitation: Founding Members attend this event Free of Charge

Membership in the association is always open to artists, designers, city planners, economic development officers, city beautiful commissioners, mayors, city managers, developers, downtown council members, Main Street advocates, capital partners, scholars and the whole host of downtown redevelopment and rehabilitation experts and promoters. Welcome. See more about Memberships on the Benefits Page, including all Arts Council or Overaly Membership details.

Contact your Executive Director EMERITUS: 7AF new all points number in Washington, DC: 202-241-0778| M-Th 10-4 EST; Sa. 10-12N EST.

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