2019 Fall Forum: FAQ

What is the Fall Forum about?
At this year’s Fall Forum on Governance, it’s time to get serious about our traditional model and its impact on our day-to-day operations, fundraising practices, organizational culture, and artistic programming processes. We’ll approach this Fall Forum in a three-part structure, featuring conversations on how to improve, rethink, and enhance our organizations’ resources (including income streams and capital structure); our program and organizational structures (including staff infrastructure, board governance, analyses of programs and services, artistic planning, and more); and our impact (how we measure our success, and how we communicate our charitable value). Generative discussion and peer-to-peer learning will be woven into two days of breakout sessions, affinity group conversations, and inspiring speakers from within and beyond the nonprofit arts sector. 

Who will be at the Fall Forum?
The Fall Forum on Governance is TCG's annual convening for executive and artistic leaders of TCG Member Theatres and their trustees. Once registration has been live for a few weeks, you will be able to access a real-time attendee list here.

How can I make hotel arrangements?
While there is no hotel block reserved for this year's convening, special hotel discounts are available for TCG Members. Please visit the Lodging and Travel page for all necessary information about discount options. 

What is the cost to attend the Fall Forum?
The cost of registration for the 2019 Fall Forum for TCG Members is $545 at the Early Bird rate (available through September 30, 2019 or until sold out) and $635 at the Regular rate. All meals are included with registration and will take place at Convene Park Avenue, excluding the Welcome Reception at The Public Theater. More details can be found on the Fees & Discounts page. If you are not a Member or Affiliate of TCG and would like to attend the Fall Forum on Governance, please contact Devon Berkshire at dberkshire@tcg.org

How can I pay for my Fall Forum registration?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. You may also pay by check, and should request this method of payment by emailing TCG Member Services at info@tcg.org


Do I have to pay by credit card if I register online?
If you would like to register online, but would prefer not to pay by credit card, please contact TCG Member Services at info@tcg.org.

Does TCG offer financial aid to attend the Fall Forum?
Scholarships, which fully waive or significantly discount the Fall Forum fee (but do not cover travel or lodging expenses) are available for staff members at TCG Member Theatres. The scholarship deadline is September 16th and applicants will be notified of their status within two weeks of that deadline. The earlier you apply, the more likely you are to receive financial assistance.

More detailed information can be found on our Scholarships page.

Do I have to attend the both days of the Fall Forum?
While we recommend that participants attend the entire Fall Forum for the sake of continuity, we understand that this is not always possible. Unfortunately, however, we do not currently offer one-day or pro-rated registration rates. If you would like to discuss a pro-rated registration rate, please contact Devon Berkshire at dberkshire@tcg.org.

I’d like to attend the Fall Forum, but I have a kid at home. Can I bring them?
Yes! As with all TCG national convenings, the Fall Forum operates as a family-friendly event. Kids 11 to 17 are welcome to attend plenary sessions with an accompanying registered adult (just sign them up at Registration). TCG always offers a private place specifically designated for nursing mothers, near the Fall Forum program spaces. You may check in with Registration on site for information and access to the nursing space. You are welcome to bring infants into all Forum sessions, taking reasonable care not to disturb the session. If you plan to bring school-age children, it's best to let the TCG team know by emailing Hannah Fenlon at hfenlon@tcg.org so we can be appropriately prepared. We are unfortunately unable to provide on-site child care at this time.

I can no longer attend the Fall Forum. Can TCG refund my registration?
Registration fees may be refunded for any registration canceled prior to October 28, 2019, but they will incur a $100 cancellation fee. Registration fees will not be refunded after October 28, 2019. Registrations cannot be accepted after October 31, 2019.To cancel a registration, contact us at conference@tcg.org.

What is the dress code for the Fall Forum?
Think professional casual, but wear what makes you feel comfortable. Meeting space temperatures can fluctuate, so we urge you to consider layers! (Feel free to step it up a notch for the Welcome Reception on Friday, November 8th!)

Will I have time during the Fall Forum to explore New York?
Not only does TCG encourage you to explore the city on your own during your time in New York, but we have also partnered with our neighbors in the theatrical community to offer show discounts during Fall Forum weekend. Check back for updates on discounts available.

Where do I find the Fall Forum schedule and learn more about programming?
A basic Fall Forum schedule will be posted soon. You can find our Agenda-At-A-Glance here. Specific sessions and speakers will be announced as they are finalized, and will be posted on this microsite beginning in September. For travel planning purposes, note that there will be an invitation-only EDI Institute meeting on Friday, November 8th. The opening plenary session and programming will begin the morning of Saturday, November 9th, and we recommend arriving by Friday evening for a complete TCG Fall Forum experience, noting that the Welcome Reception on Friday evening is an opt-in event via Fall Forum registration.

What support does TCG offer to people with disabilities? Who can I contact regarding access?
When filling out your registration form, please indicate any access needs you may have. We will follow up with you about this information, and work to support you as best as possible. We do offer ASL interpretation for deaf participants, and our Fall Forum spaces are ADA accessible. If you have questions, please contact Hannah Fenlon, at hfenlon@tcg.org.

I’m new to TCG and/or the Fall Forum and don’t know where to start. What should I do?
Welcome! We understand that TCG convenings can seem overwhelming to a first-time participant and we try to include as much support as possible to make your experience a rewarding and stress-free one, starting with this FAQ page. Here are some things you should consider:

1) Attending the First Timer Breakfast on Saturday, November 9th.

2) Keeping up with agenda announcements on our microsite leading up to the Forum, starting in September.

3) Perusing our past Fall Forum Impact Reports for a real sense of what it means to attend a TCG Fall Forum

...and you may always email Hannah at hfenlon@tcg.org with further questions!

I am not able to attend this year, but are there other ways to participate?
Yes! We will be live-streaming select sessions from Fall Forum, including keynote speakers whenever possible, via Facebook Live. Please be on the lookout for more information on live-streaming as the Fall Forum draws closer. Videos will be archived after the Fall Forum on the TCG website.

For general questions about the TCG Fall Forum on Governance, please contact Hannah Fenlon at hfenlon@tcg.org.