In true ‘sabb-like’ fashion I have decided to do my last ever blog to highlight all the marvellous things that we have been up to this year. It has been such a fantastic honour to be the Performing Arts Officer 2013/14 and alongside a truly incredible committee we are very proud and grateful for having had this opportunity to have made a difference within the PA.
So below are the top 30 buzzfeed style things we have done this year. Roughly, 20 of these points were part of the ‘PA Plan’, the remainder are bigger projects that have cropped up over the year that we all felt passionately about.
1) Performing Arts Achievement Awards
2) Better Winchester connections – We helped to set up a Creative Industries bunfight at the Winchester campus and encouraged a new way of looking at encouraging their involvement with the PA.
3) Increase the PA brand – the continued encouragement of purple president t-shirts in order to expand the brand across all societies and unify the PA
4) PA Hub Pack – Continuing work on the Performing Arts specification for any developments with SUSU and the possibility of a new dedicated PA space
5) Better discounts on the PA card – This year we introduced the 10% discount at SUSU bars and coffee shops. We also introduced a discount at the Mayflower theatre for workshops.
6) Up to date Marketing Pack – Alongside a marketing training session we will also be giving out an extensive pack to help to market performances and societies.
7) PA noticeboards – This year we have a Music and a Dance notice board and are working on the re-vamping the Theatrical noticeboard
8) Better, more consistent relationship with CMT – we have started to work more closely with CMT and SUSU to help to change the processes
9) Connections with venues outside SUSU – we have better relationships with the Nuffield, Mayflower and Turner Sims than ever before
10) Develop the How To’s – these are the online handbooks for any situation within the SUSU and we are working with many members of PA to develop such How To’s as How To Produce a Show
11) Creative Industries Careers Season – much like the Performing Arts Achievement Awards this project was extremely close to my heart and I am very proud of its success and I hope this project continues to grow and develop
12) Develop website and Student Groups Hub
13) Gone Rogue review – Earlier this year we decided to refocus the aims and objectives of the committee and decide to disband it in reflection of the needs of the students who perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
14) Better relationships with media departments – We have a better relationship with how reviews, previews and advertising is arranged between the PA and the Media Departments.
15) Process of better audience analytics
16) New Box Office system – we are extremely excited to announce a new Box Office system. More information to come soon
17) Better understanding and control of the Underwritten System – with new developments with our relationship with SUSU we now have the ability to give the profits of underwritten shows back to our members by the end of the year
18) Performing Arts Committee Meet and Greet
19) Performing Arts Presidents Thank You Event
20) PA House inventory – this is an ongoing project to develop a booking system for props and costumes to make it easier to keep on track of what is available and where the items are in the PA House
21) Public Budgets on the PA website
22) Better deals and more focus on Non-Performing Performing Arts members – another final potential venture of this committee is introducing a Performing Arts Loyalty Stamp Card. Whilst this is still in the process it could be an incredible way to help engage more non-performing performing arts members.
23) Performing Arts Shed
24) Books, scripts, music sheets etc in Hartley Library – another ongoing project that should help ease the funding demands for basic performing essentials
25) Allocating more funding than ever before
26) More storage options for more PA societies – as well as the Performing Arts Shed we have allowed more space for other Performing Arts societies to utilise the PA House for storage
27) Three more Performing Arts societies – we have affiliated 3 new dance societies this year
28) Better bunfight – the introduction of the PA in the Cube
29) Bigger, better and more turn out than ever before for the Performing Arts Ball
30) Better focus on the careers of Performing Arts members – the initial catalyst for the Creative Industries Careers Season and the developing connections with alumni to grow a database of support for careers outside of university in the Performing Arts.
This year has been the best year of my whole life. It has been a real honour and a year of some incredible moments. I just want to Thank absolutely everybody who has helped me this year. David Martin and David Gilani, despite knowing I have annoyed you constantly and despite not being sorry, I will thank you for everything this year.
To all the amazing people I have met and irritated in SUSU this year, to all the other student leaders who have watched me jump up and down and shout and scream still I get my way and to everyone else who has even had to deal with me once this year.
But most importantly to every Performing Arts member and to the Performing Arts Committee, thank you! I hope that every member of PA is half as proud as I am for all your achievements and endless amounts of talent. But to the Performing Arts Committee, whom we all know I would be NOwhere without! You have been absolute superstars.
To end I just wanted allow the three people on Performing Arts Committee who represent the societies you are all part of to have their thank you’s heard. These guys aren’t your presidents, they’re not directly involved in your committee but they have the job of making sure that you have a voice and I really hope that you are as proud and as grateful to them as I am.
Anna Kent-Muller (Theatrical Representative 2013/14):
I have had one of the greatest years in my life in this role. I may not have been able to support the theatrical societies as much as I had wished due to ill health, but every single president and member of theatrical committees have been outstanding this year. Without each and everyone one of them being so understanding and patient this year, we would not have the success and growth we have had this year. The theatrical societies consistently put on outstanding, award winning shows, and they make this role a pleasure and an honour to have. I couldn’t have done this role without the support and passion of each president, member of society, PA committee member and especially Laura. Being part of Performing Arts committee this year, being involved in the magical changes and decisions that happen has given me the best year of my life so far, counteracting all my health issues. I wish Jed all the best in this role, I cannot wait to work with you next year.
Isobel Craven (Music Representative 2013/14):
Being music rep for the past year has been an invaluable experience. I have been given such a wonderful opportunity to help 15 incredible societies with their running and met hundreds of talented people along the way. This year, I along with the presidents have worked hard to come together as a musical body within the PA to become more inclusive and cooperative. I feel that the music societies as a whole have become more involved in university life and have been given many opportumities to showcase themselves throughout the year. Each concert i attended made me feel massively proud of the societies and all the PA members. I couldn’t have done it without the ongoing support from the committee which i hugely appreciate. I wish Richard, the new presidents and the societies all the best for the year ahead. Thankyou to everyone who i worked with this year, you have all been wonderful. I’m going to miss this job xx
Sammi Gardiner (Dance Representative 2013/14):
Being dance rep on the PA committee has been the best experience of my life. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with performing arts and SUSUPA Dance and receiving 2 EVAs from my 3 years at university just topped it all off! I want to thank so many people; every single SUSUPA dancer for being so dedicated and committed to dance, my pure dance committee for being absolutely awesome and sticking by me when I have crazy ideas like using confetti, all the SUSUPA dance presidents for running our amazing dance societies, all the committee members for dedicating all your time to help your presidents, all the PA committee members for giving me the best year yet and Laura Ellis for being an absolute rock, being there whenever I needed her and being a genuine friend. I wish Nikki the best of luck with next year and I hope you have as much fun as I did with this role I’m outttaaaaa here!!!