Meg Friedman

Project Manager & Knowledge Manager

Meg is a Project Manager and Knowledge Manager with AMS Planning & Research Corp., working from the the firm’s Connecticut headquarters. Following over a dozen years as a stage manager for regional and Off-Broadway theaters, she joined AMS in 2016, bringing a commitment to research and sensitivity to the issues facing arts professionals.

What is most significant about the work that you do?

Arts organizations and artists connect us to our humanity. By finding ways to understand and engender the well-being of the sector, we can improve not just the quality of work but also the vitality and warmth of the places served by our clients.

Where is the greatest opportunity for the sector today?

The sector is facing seismic shifts in audience composition and expectations, as well as in the environment that supports creative work. Our opportunity is to be sensitive to clients’ realities as they address the evolving needs of stakeholders.

Who are your most recent clients?

I am happy to be engaged with organizations across North America, including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Sarasota Performing Arts Foundation, and Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center in New York City. Past highlights include the inaugural strategic plan for Assets for Artists (a program of MASS MoCA), and a strategic planning process for the New England Foundation for the Arts.

How do you do incorporate EDIA into your life at AMS?

I have served on AMS’s EDIA committee since its inception in 2018. In this capacity, I gather research, news coverage, and cross-industry intelligence to inform AMS’s work. I have also completed specialized training in support of AMS’s internal and client-facing work in EDIA. One of the things that distinguishes AMS is how we bring data to everything we do – and I see this as especially important to our work helping clients make a more equitable, inclusive, and just arts and culture sector.

What do you do in your spare time?

Living in New Haven, I am fortunate to be near several beautiful parks. Enjoying the outdoors in all seasons is a top priority, and my husband and I love introducing our young daughter to the delights of hiking local trails.

Arts, culture and entertainment is our business.

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