Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Grub Street Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • www.grubstreet.org

Mission Statement

We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent, and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant.

Main Programs

  1. Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP)
  2. Civics Programming
  3. Core & Advanced Programs
  4. Muse and the Marketplace
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Ms. Eve Bridburg

Keywords

Self-reported

accessible programs, writing and publishing guidance, writers, writing workshops, advanced programs, professional development for writers, jobs for writers, advocacy for the impact of narrative arts, inclusiveness, inclusive publishing future, excellent artistic process

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EIN

80-0005516

 Number

0400578093

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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2015 Accomplishments GrubStreet's budget grew to over $2,000,000, a high water mark for a literary arts organization. There are only a handful of others in this field with budgets this size or larger in the country, and they are mostly in New York. GrubStreet's leadership successfully executed a major staffing re-organization to catch staffing, systems and financial management up with rapid growth. The reorganization has been a huge success in every measure. GrubStreet successfully launched a new mission and five-year strategic plan which places access and inclusion, artistic excellence and teen programming at our core. GrubStreet completed a decade-long Memoir Program in partnership with the City of Boston with the publication of Streets of Echoes to be launched formally in 2016. At our The Muse and the Marketplace Conference, we hosted Aminatta Forna, our first international keynote and led several sessions on the lack of diversity in publishing. 2016 Goals We aim to reach new young and diverse audiences by creating more scholarship spots and increasing marketing and outreach efforts. We aim to offer more scholarships to students than ever before in our history. We aim to expand our funding base by completing a comprehensive Development Plan and hiring a grant writer and a Director of Development We aim to plan for an amazing 20th anniversary year, coming up in 2017 We are excited to launch new programs, including a short story incubator, free and reduced fee workshops in Roxbury and Dorchester, and writing workshops with community partners such as Lena Park and Brookview House.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP)

Our Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP) aims to inspire teenagers with a passion for creative writing and connect them with a diverse group of like-minded teens. Through free monthly Saturday Sessions, teen writing camps, slam poetry team, and our signature, stipended Teen Summer Fellowship, we actively work to ensure there is another generation of readers and writers, and to help local teens develop their writing skills and access agency.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$182,819.00

Program 2

Civics Programming

GrubStreet's Civics Programming works to raise the profile of Boston nationally and to encourage the creation of meaningful works of literature from every corner of the city through the Memoir Project and the Boston Literary District (BLD). The Memoir Project, a decade-long project undertaken in partnership with the city of Boston, visited every neighborhood in Boston and held 8-week writing workshops with the eldest members of those neighborhoods, eventually collecting and publishing their stories in five anthologies. It concluded in 2016 and there will be a year-long celebration of the project in 2017. The Boston Literary District, a project spearheaded by GrubStreet, brings together 8 executive partner organizations and businesses to "make the literary visible" through robust programming and creative placemaking.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$43,538.00

Program 3

Core & Advanced Programs

Grub Street offers single-day and multi-week writing courses in all levels of fiction, poetry, the novel, screenwriting, playwriting, memoir, and more. Through tracked programming, we encourage the highest level of artistic creation, and push our writers to apply for our advanced workshops such as the Novel Incubator. Our Incubator programs are seeing unparalleled success; fully 20% of our Novel Incubator students and alums have received book deals, unheard of at even the most respected MFA programs. Our workshops are affordably priced, while need- and merit-based scholarships are available to encourage accessibility.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$1,305,872.00

Program 4

Muse and the Marketplace

Our three-day literary conference, The Muse and the Marketplace ("The Muse" for short), gives aspiring writers a better understanding of the craft of fiction and non-fiction, prepares them for the changing world of publishing and promotion, and creates opportunities for meaningful networking. Established and emerging authors lead 100+ interactive sessions on the craft of writing - the ""muse"" side of things - while editors, literary agents and other industry professionals tackle the business side - the ""marketplace."" Though 800+ presenters and participants will attend, GrubStreet creates a wonderfully intimate atmosphere designed to give everyone access to the wealth of talent on both sides of the classroom.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$395,078.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)

Funding Needs

GrubStreet's needs align most closely with the categories of management and finances. GrubStreet needs to perform a full brand assessment and create new marketing collateral for our 20th anniversary year in 2017. GrubStreet needs to aggressively raise funds to plan and staff an ambitious five-year plan to move forward three strategic pillars: literary access, artistic excellence and youth programming. Planning includes increasing participant diversity and neighborhood reach, advocating for an inclusive publishing landscape via our blog and conference, incubating top writing talent, and turning The Muse and the Marketplace Conference into a national powerhouse. GrubStreet needs to increase our financial reserves to become a more sustainable organization. We currently have only two months operating reserves. We need to raise an additional $500,000 for reserves over the next three years, and put away $30,000 each year over the same period to reach our goal of nine months operating in the bank. GrubStreet needs to continue to staff up to reach more sustainable staffing levels and to avoid staff burnout. GrubStreet needs to raise its profile and better communicate impact to reach and engage a broader base of funders.

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Grub Street Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Eve Bridburg

BIO

Eve Bridburg is the Founder and Executive Director of GrubStreet. Under her leadership, the organization has grown into a national literary powerhouse by expanding offerings to better educate and equip writers in the digital age, launching new, innovative programming for advanced students, and significantly expanding scholarship opportunities to ensure access. Eve curated GrubStreet's NEA-funded Publish it Forward lecture series and our innovative Launch Lab, led GrubStreet's Diversity Task force, laying the foundation for GrubStreet's next chapter, and was the driving force behind establishing the country's first Literary Cultural District in downtown Boston. Eve's work has been recognized by Boston Magazine, who named her one of Boston's 50 most powerful women in 2010, and by ​BostInno Magazine who gave her their 2014 Arts and Entertainment Award for driving innovation in Boston. Having graduated from its inaugural class, Eve remains active with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a consortium of 200 of the world's top cultural leaders, which addresses the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector worldwide. Eve has presented on publishing, the future of publishing, and on what it takes to build a literary arts center at numerous conferences, including the Association of Writers and Publishers, O'Reilly's Tools of Change, GrubStreet's own The Muse and the Marketplace, Whidbey Island Writers Conference, The Sanibel Island Writers Conference, and Writers at Work. She has also given many talks to local groups about the importance of the narrative arts. Eve worked as a literary agent at The Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency for five happy years where she developed, edited, and sold a wide variety of books to major publishers.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"GrubStreet is poised to become the most inclusive and productive writing center in the country and a national model for independent creative writing centers. We are widely recognized for our influence on Boston's cultural landscape, the region's creative economy, and our country's literary conversation. To grow GrubStreet's role and reach, we will expand access and broaden participation in our work, push artistic excellence to the next level, and deepen our commitment to the next generation of writers.Access and ParticipationGrubStreet will triple its scholarships and bring workshops into Boston neighborhoods to increase the participation of underrepresented writers; transform the structure of our workshops to better serve a more diverse student body; develop new resources to help our instructors innovate; and be a leading voice in advocating for a more inclusive publishing landscape. We will deepen our commitment to our founding principles of access and excellence: everyone with a desire to write should be taken seriously, taught the craft at a high level, and pushed to produce their best work.Artistic ExcellenceWe will engage our students in a rigorous artistic process, offer innovative and advanced programs taught by top talent, open doors to both traditional and self-publishing networks, and bring the most exciting voices in literature to Boston to mentor and teach our students. We plan on attracting and incubating top talent in our incubator programs, developing new advanced programs, and reenvisioning the Muse and the Marketplace conference to engage a broader and more national audience.The Next GenerationWe will conduct rigorous evaluations of our Young Adult Writers Programs for 13-18 year olds and develop a thoughtful plan to expand and deepen our offerings. This includes expanding our free Saturday Sessions, the Vacation Week and Summer Teen Writing Camps, and the Summer Writer's Fellowship program. At GrubStreet, educating the next generation of writers is a key priority.GrubStreet 2020Over the next three years, GrubStreet's Campaign for 2020 will raise funds to increase scholarships, expand programs, and grow staff to support larger, more complex operations. This is an ambitious, achievable vision. Please join us. Help GrubStreet engage new writers, unleash powerful ideas that open and shape minds, and create deeply meaningful shared experiences among an inclusive community. Together, we will build a robust creative writing center for 2020 and decades beyond."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Kathy Sherbrooke

Freelance Writer

Term: Mar 2015 -

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