IMG Artists Consulting provides our clients with unique insight and expertise across the cultural business disciplines from event and artistic planning to strategic marketing and promotion to cultural centre development.
Our team of specialists use their unparalleled global, regional and local knowledge to develop and manage innovative, bespoke projects and solutions to that align with our clients’ brand and match expectations.
Cultural Organisations & Venues
The expertise of our international consulting team is extensive and covers all of the areas intrinsic to the performing arts, entertainment and music industries including feasibility studies, financial planning and budgeting, organisational planning, technical operations, artistic planning and programming, marketing, sponsorship and fundraising, business development, ticketing and educational programmes.
RESORT WORLD SINGAPORE
Resorts World Sentosa Singapore appointed IMG Artists in May 2013 to conduct audience research and provide recommendations on artistic programming for their Festive Grand Theatre in order to maximise the financial viability of the theatre, create a ‘unique selling point’ for the theatre and broaden the awareness of the theatre in Singapore. The research was conducted over a three month period between June to August and over 7,000 respondents gave valuable feedback.
These results were analysed alongside other external studies and all these activities allowed IMG Artists and Resorts World Sentosa to gain a deeper understanding of the current issues and opportunities affecting the programming of the Festive Grand Theatre and also to identify the key main-stream arts and entertainment audience currently available in Singapore.
THE STAR PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE – SINGAPORE
IMG Artists was a Management Consultant for the development of Rock Productions’s Star Performing Arts Centre. The 5,000-seat music and entertainment venue at the cultural and lifestyle hub in the One North district opened in November 2012 at a development cost of S$660 million. IMG Artists’ Consulting team also programed and produced the three-day opening weekend festival, featuring star-studded galas, concerts and family and community events.
Governments & Institutions
IMG Artist is and has been involved in cultural projects around the world, principally consulting with clients developing performing arts companies, centers and events. Our Consulting Division prides itself on a collaborative discussion and review process with clients at every level. We not only develop and present innovative approaches to new artistic and management challenges, but also help clients implement these solutions to ensure future success.
MONTREAL CONCERT HALL, LA MAISON SYMPHONIQUE – CANADA
IMG Artists prepared a preliminary operational blueprint for Ministry of Culture and Communications through a consultation process with key stakeholders. The planned concert hall was intended amongst other things to provide a home for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and serve as a new centre for musical excellence in the city’s cultural hub, relieving the pressure of high demand for the existing facilities at the Place des Arts. The new venue, La Maison Symphonique, opened its door in Montreal in September 2011.
Our consultancy team also helps corporate clients access the power and prestige of the performing arts and entertainment industries through our global network and unrivalled access to world’s leading talent. We source the best opportunities for clients and develop unique and innovative packages to meet clients business, brand positioning, marketing, communications and customer engagement and hospitality objectives.
STATOIL – PICTURES REFRAMED
IMG Artists’ pianist Leif Ove Andsnes was commissioned by New York’s Lincoln Center to create a special programme in association with their 50th Anniversary celebrations. International power company Statoil was the commissioning sponsor. The resulting creation, Pictures reFramed, with South African visual artist Robin Rhode, featured Andsnes’ performances of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition combined with Rhode’s unique multi-media instilation inspired by the music. IMG Artists project managed the commission, coordinated the CD, Digital and Deluxe editions of the companion releases with EMI Classics and produced the international tour, including acting as sponsorship liaison with Statoil for all concert events and hospitality, tour management and logistics.
Festivals & Events
IMG Artists works with companies to create client-owned performing arts events to promote their brands, expand their corporate profile or serve as hospitality experiences for customers, prospects, partners and employees. Combining our tremendous talent roster and artistic flair, we create exclusive events to deliver our client’s objectives. Events may be in the form of an unique concert, a full festival, conference or a global touring strategy. IMG Artists manages each project from conception to completion, including logistics such as Strategic Planning, Talent Negotiation, Venue Procurement, Food and Beverage Contracting, Routing and Travel Logistics, Marketing and Publicity, Promotions and Ticketing.
PALAZZO STROZZI FORUM – FLORENCE, ITALY
Recent activities include a our engagement by one of Italy’s most historic and important art galleries, the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, to manage and produce Palazzo Strozzi Forum in November 2011. The conference drew leading names in academia, economics, financial policy-making, as well as artists, collectors, curators and directors from major cultural and art institutions around the world, to a closed-door conference to discuss the evolving relationship between finance and art and ways it will continue to develop in the future. The conference focused on the relationship between art and finance and how it will continue to develop in the future.
THE UBS VERBIER FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA – SWITZERLAND
UBS has a rich tradition of support for classical music, including its relationships with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Zurich Opera. Founded in 2000, The UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra (the “Orchestra”) was formed with the intention of promoting creativity and innovation in music. UBS hired IMG Artists as an exclusive global consultant to develop and tour the Orchestra. This multi-year project included maximizing UBS’ corporate objectives through the orchestra, repositioning it as a leading international orchestra, sourcing secondary sponsorship and touring.