Membership Benefits

Professional Development Series* – WOCA’s Professional Development Series helps members to build and strengthen skills, think on both the micro and macro levels, and stay current in the performing arts field.

Webinars – Topical, web-based seminars offer members opportunities to hone their skills and learn best practices in performing arts administration, leadership development, communications, and networking.

Brown Bag Series –  WOCA members take the initiative in organizing local Brown Bag professional development sessions that may include panel discussions, open forums and featured speakers.

Access to Funding, Job and Career Opportunities – WOCA provides timely and exclusive links to funding resources, job listings and career opportunities, like fellowships and service on institutional boards and grant panels. Opportunities abound at small, mid-size and large cultural institutions across the country.

Membership Directory – From presenters and development officers to funders and agents, WOCA’s Membership Directory is a powerful tool for connecting with a diverse network of peers at all levels of experience. The directory includes member profiles with areas of expertise and contact information for each member.

Mentorship and Leadership Initiatives
These initiatives include a mentorship as leadership program which pairs emerging and mid-level administrators with more senior members across the field with the explicit purpose of cultivating long-term professional investment and self-sustainability for women of color in the field. The leadership training program is exclusively aimed at cultivating leaders of color, addressing their specific needs as marginalized people in the field, while imparting tools to help create an environment of equity at their respective cultural organizations.

Networking Meet-n-Greets*– These events help WOCA members make connections and stay connected. The informal gatherings help to build and strengthen ties among current members and help to introduce the work of WOCA to prospective members.

Special Interest Sessions and Annual Meetings – WOCA’s Annual Special Interest Session and Membership Meeting takes place during the Association for Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference each January. Regional special interest sessions that help inform prospective members about WOCA’s work and keep current members abreast of WOCA’s initiatives are also scheduled at select industry conferences around the country throughout the year.

Website Access – WOCA’s website includes Members’ Only access to a vibrant online community of women with a wide array of experience in the performing arts field. Meeting minutes, an events calendar, and the Membership Directory with member profiles and contact information are also available in the WOCA Member Center.

*Professional Development and Networking events are open to non-members, however, fees may apply. Special Interest Sessions and Annual Meetings are also open to non-members, however, only members have voting rights at annual meetings. WOCA strives to create economic accessibility by offering all programs, initiatives and events free or low-cost for WOCA members.

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