380 Performing Arts Organizations Begin New Partnerships with Vendini in 2016

Vendini, the company that makes the business of live events simple with industry leading software and services, continues to make massive gains as the leading partner among performing arts centers, with 380 new performing arts members joining in 2016. Today Vendini announced new partnerships with performing arts organizations across the United States, including the brand-new Saint Helena Performing Arts Center, which kicked off its inaugural season at the $14.5 million building that opened in August 2016 and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, which performs throughout the country and is just shy of celebrating its 40th anniversary season. With an all-in-one solution that benefits organizations of all sizes, Vendini also announced as members the multi-venue Artisan Center Theater and New York's intimate IATI Theater.

Saint Helena Performing Arts Center
In August, Northern California welcomed the Saint Helena Performing Arts Center at Saint Helena High School, as the center opened their doors after the completion of a $14.5 million new construction project. There is not a bad seat in the house in the state-of-the-art, intimate 340-seat theater. The venue is ideal for all genres of live performing arts events, as it also houses a beautiful lobby and a multi-use space that can be used as a small black box theater.

"We decided to partner with Vendini because we wanted to offer patrons a professional experience at the theater, from ticketing to curtain call. Vendini offers us this and more," said Patti Coyle, St. Helena Unified School District Drama Director. "With Vendini we're able to offer our patrons an easy way to support Saint Helena Drama through ticket sales and donations. In addition, Vendini gives us a straightforward way to track sales, generate reports, strategize and market future shows."

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC)
The world's first openly gay chorus, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus is currently celebrating its 39th season of creating extraordinary musical experiences that inspire community, activism and compassion. An iconic organization in San Francisco, SFGMC has about 12 performances per year in the City and the ensemble of 300 men also tours throughout the Bay Area and beyond with a set of year-round outreach performances. For the 40th season, SFGMC announced its plans to perform in the country's most conservative areas for "The Lavender Pen Tour", a two-week tour in 2018. The chorus looks to bring hope, equality and perseverance to their Brothers and Sisters in the LGBTQ community throughout the United States.

"Transitioning to Vendini has been one of our best moves yet," said Chris Verdugo, Executive Director at San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. "Vendini's CRM and ticketing functionality make it the perfect management solution for small arts organizations. The on-sale process for our 39th season subscriptions has been seamless and their customer service has been fantastic."

Artisan Center Theater
Serving nearly 90,000 patrons a year, the Artisan Center Theater in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has produced Broadway style musicals in their 195-seat theater-in-the-round on Main Stage since its founding in 2002. The new 150-seat thrust stage theater called Second Stage is home to the Artisan Children's Theater and is an additional venue to present plays, musical revues and special events. Artisan complements the family-friendly stage offerings with complete year-round programming of theatrical education, dance and performing arts classes.

IATI Theater
The small but mighty IATI Theater is a New York-based non-profit performing arts organization, established in 1968 with the vision to bring art into the lives of those in poverty, ethnic and cultural isolation. IATI Theater presents performances of dance, theater and music, demonstrating their dedication to their Latin American roots with rich and relevant cultural exploration. In addition to serving as a bridge between artists and underserved communities in New York, IATI Theater also shares their award-winning repertoire of comedies and dramas through national and international tours, highlighting thought-provoking and universal issues of the human experience.

"We are blown away by the number of performing arts organizations we welcomed as members this year," said Vendini's CEO Mark Tacchi. "At our core is a passion for serving the performing arts industry because we know the vital role that theater, dance and the arts play in communities across the world and it is an honor to support culture through these partnerships."

In 2016, 380 new members joined nearly 2,000 performing arts organizations across North America that already partner with Vendini for their live events, from the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which presents over 700 events annually and The Duluth Playhouse in Duluth, Minnesota, which has been in business for over 100 years, to British Columbia's oldest community theatre, Vagabond Players and Florida's Teatro Trail, which presents Spanish-language performances in an intimate venue.

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