REPORT Meeting Date: General Plan Element: General Plan Goal:
June 27, 2017 Economic Vitality Sustain Scottsdale as a tourist destination
ACTION Adopt Resolution No. 10821 authorizing a FY 2017/18 Tourism Development Fund operating contingency transfer in the amount of $650,000 to the Tourism and Events Department operating budget for use in supporting the 2018 Canal Convergence events.
BACKGROUND It started as an idea, a conversation, a meeting and grew into a partnership between the City of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Public Art and Salt River Project. Many others have since joined, all of whom share in the belief that Public Space conceived upon the nature of what supports us, what keeps us here, what inspires our creativity and enables our growth is the reflection of all that is important for sustaining life in this desert city. Canal Convergence is this idea. Since 2012 it has been a place of engagement, a place where international and local artists come together to celebrate a one of a kind community environment and immersive art experience for all, and a new point of pride for Scottsdale residents and businesses. As Canal Convergence began taking shape, the Tourism Strategic Plan adopted by City Council in 2013 outlined the importance of creating a destination event during the tourism industry's shoulder season (May through December). Through the Council appointed Tourism Advisory Task Force (TATF) and Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the city contracted with Webb Management Services to complete a three-phased destination event study. The goal of the study (Webb Report) was to identify events that would: 1. Activate Downtown Scottsdale with increased foot traffic and activities; 2. Raise Scottsdale's international profile and reputation as a destination; 3. Expand tourism into the shoulder season; and 4. Reinvigorate the city's positioning within the overall tourism industry. The Webb Report, developed in December 2015 and January 2016, defined that the market strategy for a destination event must attract out-of-state visitors, must fit with and be authentic to the community, and will require initiative and significant resources.
City Council Report | Canal Convergence Furthermore, it defined five approaches in creating a destination event: 1. Create an event that encompasses a large, new element but also embraces location, pre existing themes, happenings; 2. Relocate, or create a satellite location, for an already branded event; 3. Package a set of Scottsdale's pre-existing festivals and events into a larger, long-term festival; 4. Select an existing Scottsdale event that can be grown and developed to the level of a destination event; or 5. Create a brand new event - noting that the answer might be a combination of these approaches. The report called for a large-scale production that would hold 6-12 events spanning 10-12 days with budgets ranging up to $4 million. Several bike events, food and music festivals, events with a focus on climate change and other green subjects were proposed in that report. The TATF determined not to move forward on any of the proposed event concepts although remained interested in pursuing a destination event concept. During the past 12 months, the Tourism & Events Director and Assistant City Manager met with Scottsdale Arts and specifically with Public Art about Canal Convergence having the potential to be Scottsdale's shoulder season destination event. November was the month discussed based on Experience Scottsdale's knowledge of hotel room night needs. Concepts of what types of events and activities could be expanded or added have initially been discussed between the Public Art Director and Tourism & Events Director. Knowing there was a shared interest, staff began discussing with TATF, the Tourism Development Commission and Experience Scottsdale. Formally, staff and Public Art presented the proposed concept and request for funding to the Tourism Development Commission at its April 18, 2017 meeting, which was unanimously approved by the quorum present (7-0) and to the Tourism Advisory Task Force at its April 26, 2017 also unanimously approved by the quorum present (9-0).
ANALYSIS & ASSESSMENT Scottsdale Public Art recently completed a spectacular fifth annual water + art + light Canal Convergence in February 2017. More than 80,000 attendees enjoyed stunning visual attractions featuring artists from around the world - four days of nine large-scale, temporary public art installations positioned in the Arizona Canal, along its banks and in the skies. Similar to other light festivals held in the US and internationally, the event proved to be another exciting way in how Scottsdale celebrates the arts. The Webb Report concluded there is a case to develop destination events based on: 1. Scottsdale is established as a tourism destination and is currently home to a number of festivals and events; 2. While there are a number of festivals and events in Scottsdale already, there are gaps within the major events that take place, particularly in the areas of art, food and culture; 3. A destination event in Scottsdale will need to take place across multiple, well-connected
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City Council Report | Canal Convergence venues due to the limited number of facilities for large-scale events but noting hotels and resorts \A/ith large-capacity ballrooms and events spaces; and 4. As a recognized leader in the tourism industry, a new event or festival could help Scottsdale maintain this positioning while defining its role in the market in the future. Staff recently requested that its retained qualified marketing research consultant, Bruce Skinner and Associates, review, analyze, and assess the concept of eventually moving Canal Convergence from an in-season 4-day event in February to a non-season 10-day event in November. The report, attached, concluded: 1. Canal Convergence has the potential to be a differentiator for Scottsdale; 2. If the event is going to expand, organizers are going to have to secure significant additional funding from sponsorship and grants; 3. There is a lot of evidence that an expanded event could contribute to city branding efforts and serve as a significant tourism driver during a month that has hotel room availability; and 4. There is tremendous capacity for a multi-faceted, 10-day event, which could celebrate visual and performing arts, and other activities that are comprised of a high demographic audience. Staff and Public Art also researched and reviewed similar event budgets and found that the popular Toronto Nuit Blanche budget for its one-day event is $2.6 million ($1.2 million of this amount from the City of Toronto) and Santa Monica's GLOW one-day event is $650,000 ($300,000 coming from the City of Santa Monica). This collaborative effort will involve both the city and Public Art in the planning and organizing of Canal Convergence for two consecutive weekends in February and March 2018 and more importantly its transition to a 10-day event proposed to be held November 9-18, 2018. The proposed $650,000 would remain in the city's Tourism & Events budget, which will reimburse Scottsdale Arts for expenses made by its Public Art division. Below is a breakout of how the funds would be expended (Table 1) noting that with the exception of $150,000 to seed International artists, no other funding for the November 2018 Canal Convergence is being proposed at this time. Table 1. Expenditures for Temporary Art Installations and Canal Convergence Item Temporary Art Installation - Canal
Event Date Nov 2017-Mar 2018
Temporary Art Installation - Holiday
Canal Convergence - 4 days
Two weekends Feb/Mar 2018
Contract w/ International Artists for November 2018 Canal Convergence
FY 2017/18 $100,000 $60,000 $340,000 $150,000 $650,000
The transition of Canal Convergence and length of the proposed November 2018 event will require much collaboration not only with the city and Public Art but also other key arts organizations and partners. A list of 25 organizations thus far has been drafted including partners from Scottsdale's Museum of the West to Scottsdale Gallery Association to Taliesin West to ASU SkySong. It will also
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City Council Report | Canal Convergence require business and marketing plans and the execution of a series of 6-12 events and activities to be created around Canal Convergence that span 10-12 days. Capitalizing on the events current success these additional 6-12 umbrella events to be developed will celebrate other aspects of the arts and be authentic and unique.
Community Involvement The proposed Canal Convergence concept was discussed at the April 18, 2017 Tourism Development Commission meeting. As a public meeting, there was opportunity for public comment, one citizen spoke in favor of the proposed funding and the importance of the Canal Convergence.
RESOURCE IMPACTS The City's Treasurer's Office has estimated FY 2017/18 bed tax revenue at $19.4 million. Fifty percent of the total bed tax revenue derived from the bed tax, per voter approval, is used for destination marketing to promote tourism (estimated at $9.7 million), and the remaining fifty percent is allocated among tourism research, support for tourism-driven events, tourism-related capital projects, and other eligible uses. The estimated FY 2017/18 undesignated, unreserved ending Tourism Development Fund balance, including Council approved ongoing debt/expenses, is $12.1 million.
Staffing, Workload Impact Tourism and Events staff will oversee and collaborate with Public Art on this proposed event.
OPTIONS & STAFF RECOMMENDATION Adopt Resolution No. 10821 authorizing a FY 2017/18 Tourism Development Fund operating contingency transfer in the amount of $650,000 to the Tourism and Events Department operating budget for use in supporting the 2018 Canal Convergence events.
RESPONSIBLE DEPARTMENTS Tourism and Events
STAFF CONTACT(S) Karen Churchard, Tourism & Events Director, kchurchard(a)scottsdaleaz.gov
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City Council Report | Canal Convergence
Judy^o^e/Bud§ et Direcfor' 480-312^2603, ][email protected]
Ju^t f7j 2ory Brent StockweTl, ^s^is^rant City Manager
U). }pJim Thompson, City Manager 480-312-2811, ithompson(5)scottsdaleaz.gov
ATTACHMENTS 1. 2. 3.
Resolution No. 10821 Presentation made to Tourism Development Commission and Tourism Advisory Task Force Bruce Skinner & Associates Report
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RESOLUTION NO. 10821 A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, AUTHORIZING FY 2017/18 TOURISM DEVELOPMENT FUND OPERATING CONTINGENCY TRANSFER IN THE AMOUNT OF $650,000 TO THE TOURISM AND EVENTS, DEPARTMENT OPERATING BUDGET FOR USE IN SUPPORTING THE 2018 CANAL CONVERGENCE EVENTS. WHEREAS, Canal Convergence has been a successful and growing event for five years; and WHEREAS, the City of Scottsdale desires to provide additional funding for the 2018 Canal Convergence Event, which will be held on two consecutive weekends in 2018. BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Scottsdale as follows: Section 1. That a FY 2017/18 Tourism Development Fund Operating Contingency transfer in the amount of $650,000 to the Tourism and Events Department Operation Budget is authorized for use in supporting the 2018 Canal Convergence Events. PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Council of the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, this___day of2017. ATTEST:
CITY OF SCOTTSDALE, an Arizona municipal corporation
Carolyn dagger. City Clerk
W. J. “Jim” Lane, Mayor
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Bruce Washburn, ^ify Attorney By: William Hylen, Senior Assistant City Attorney
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BRUCE SKINNER AND ASSOCIATES April 14, 2017 Situational Analysis Scottsdale Public Art just completed a spectacular fifth annual water + art + light spectacular Canal Convergence 2017. Visitors enjoyed stunning visual attractions featuring artists from around the world - four days of nine large-scale, temporary public art installations positioned in the Arizona Canal, along its banks and in the skies. Similar to other light festivals held in Sydney, Australia, Singapore, Lyon, France and other cities, the event proved to be another exciting way in how Scottsdale celebrates the arts. Presenting sponsors for the Scottsdale event included Salt River Project, the City of Scottsdale, and Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, who made it possible for international and local artists to create a one-of-a-kind immersive event. As impressive as the structures were, visitors only stayed for a relatively short time, as there was little else to hold their interest. Additional entertainment was limited to artist-guided tours, an outdoor dance performance at dusk, live music from local bands, a beer and wine garden and artist talks. City officials and event organizers are interested in looking at opportunities to prolong that visitor stay, including lengthening the number of days, expanding programming and developing a festival that is a tourism driver. Canal Convergence has the potential to be a differentiator for the City of Scottsdale. Although there are a few similar events to the one being planned and imagined for the City, there isn’t one exactly like it. Organizers also realize that if the event is going to expand, they are going to have to secure significant additional funding from sponsorship and grants.
The Vision It is envisioned that a series of events and activities can be created around Canal Convergence, similar to that portrayed in the Webb Report, which calls for 6-12 events that span approximately 10-12 days. That document, developed in December of 2015 and January of 2016, calls for large scale productions with a budget of almost $4 million. Several bike events, food and music festivals, events with a focus on climate change and other green subjects were proposed in that report. Several cities in the world have events that are multi-faceted, the most ambitious being the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland. In the U.S., the 500 Festival in Indianapolis, Fiesta San Antonio, the Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville, Seattle Seafair and many others include programming of a diverse nature that last 10-12 days.
With the success of Canal Convergence, I think that organizers can capitalize on its success and develop an event that would complement it. That would include activities that are included in the Webb Report, but also others that: • Celebrate other aspects of the arts • Are unique and large scale • Generate tourism • Are interesting to potential sponsors for partnership Components could include the following: 1. A performing arts music festival with “name” entertainment. It could consist of international artistic acts, where the City could honor a country and feature its entertainment. It might also include the Scottsdale Philharmonic with fireworks, or contemporary groups similar to those featured in Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival. 2. A visual arts event that would include high quality arts and crafts for sale, similar to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival in Miami or the Ann Arbor, Michigan Arts Fair. 3. Video(s) projected on the sides of buildings (another “wow” event) 4. A food festival, featuring artistic culinary delights from area chefs. 5. Sporting events, including a bike tour that would journey past the artistic installations. Both would complement each other, as they have similar demographic audiences. 6. Scottsdale galleries and other arts organizations could also develop programming. Festival format Organizers have discussed the following schedule to transition from a four day event in February to a 10 day one in November. • February, 2018, conduct a four day event • November, 2018, conduct a four day event and begin the transition of moving the festival to November. One to three elements would be added. • February, 2019 - Reduce the February event to two days. • November, 2019 - Conduct a 10 day festival, enlarging it to include additional activities. • February, 2020 - Two day weekend event • November, 2020 - Expand the programming within the 10 days to include even more events and activities. I feel that it isn’t necessary to continue the event in February unless there are reasons to do so. It would be more beneficial to concentrate all efforts into making the November festival one of the best in the world without taking away from it by staging two events in the same year instead of one. I also think that the festival could be expanded to 10 days in November of 2018.
Economic and Media Impact To date. Canal Convergence has generated a minimal amount of economic impact or media exposure. However, there is a lot of evidence that an expanded event could contribute to City branding efforts and serve as a significant tourism driver during a month (November) that has hotel room availability.
Festivals mentioned above, especially Edinburgh, generate significant economic impact and are known throughout the world. A 2015 study found that the Edinburgh festivals, which include several high end artistic and other types of events, generated almost $400 million in new revenues to the Scottish economy. An event of this magnitude would further enhance Scottsdale’s image and make it a destination for the high end art patron. Sponsorship Of course, none of the above results can be achieved without additional funding, Partnering with corporate entities will be a necessity in order to make this expanded event possible. There is a lot of evidence in other cities that demonstrate that this can take place. After researching several multi-faceted domestic events, I think that a tremendous increase in sponsorship is possible. I talked to event organizers for these events, and discovered that most of them - similar to what is being proposed for Scottsdale - generate sponsorship well into seven figures. As a matter of perspective, the Tempe Arts Festival, which doesn’t have near the scope of the proposed Scottsdale event, sells $225,000 in sponsorship. Although their schedules don’t include the same events as the proposed Scottsdale calendar of activities, they do contain some of the components and are multi-faceted in scope. They include: •
500 Festival | Indianapolis, IN - This 10-day event held in conjunction with the Indy 500 race produces a major parade, the largest half marathon in the world, many other events, and has funded public art. It raises $5.5 million in sponsorship, $3.5 million in cash and another $2 million in budget relieving in kind.
Kentucky Derby Festival | Louisville, KY - A two week event that features a music event, food festival, parade, the largest ongoing fireworks show in the U.S., and a comprehensive environmental/recycling program. They raise $3.3 million in cash sponsorship.
Memphis in May 1 Memphis, TN - Voted the top event in the South by USA Today, this festival features a food festival (barbecue competition), international performances, and a major music event. It brings in $1.8 million in cash sponsorship.
Sunfest 1 West Palm Beach, FL - This event is primarily a music activity but also produces other events in a market similar to Scottsdale. It generates $1.2 million in cash sponsorship.
National Cherry Festival | Traverse City, Ml - Held in a city of only 15,000 people, this event still does $585,000 in sponsorship and produces many events that are being proposed for Scottsdale - healthy lifestyle (cycling, running), a major music festival, and food events.
There are many major events in the country that produce seven figure sponsorship revenues.
I think that the music category has the best chance of achieving sponsorship success. Examples • Summerfest | Milwaukee, Wl - An 11 day event in July, Summerfest sells over $5 million in sponsorship, according to Festival producer Bob Babisch. They include Miller Brewing, Briggs & Stratton, U.S. Cellular, BMO, Harley Davidson, Kohl’s Pepsi, Northwestern Mutual, Sentry Foods, McDonald’s and many others. Every major act has played here. •
Memphis in May | Memphis, TN - USA Today rated this festival as the best Southern event. It is multi-faceted and includes the Beale Street Music Festival, the AutoZone Sunset Symphony Grand Finale, and other cultural events. The festival sells $686,000 for Beale Street alone.
Sunfest I West Palm Beach, FL - Another top music event, Sunfest, draws 170,000 people in April, with $1.2 million in cash sponsorship. Although it has other events, it is mostly a music festival.
Bumbershoot | Seattle, WA - This performing arts event is only three days, but according to former Festival Director Jon Stone, it generates $600,000-$1.3 million in sponsorship per year, depending on if they are successful at selling titles. Entering its 47*^ year, Bumbershoot offers visual arts, film, theater, dance and comedy; but its major focus is music.
There are many other music events that sell sponsorship at this level, including many in California, South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, Forecastle in Louisville, Kentucky, and other events produced by promoter AEG.
Summary I think that there is a tremendous amount of capacity for a multi-faceted, 10 day event, which could celebrate visual and performing arts, and other activities that are comprised of a high demographic audience. An event of this magnitude would dominate the Phoenix market, rivaling many of the major events already being staged in Arizona. It could become a Super Bowl for arts events. I think that could lead to sponsorship and grant revenues of several million dollars, allowing for organizers to develop a world class spectacle. Potential sponsors are listed below. Because it is an art event, I think that you would also find additional support from individuals, similar to the Herberger gift that Canal Convergence already receives. The Non-Profit Model The secret to achieving the level of sponsorship numbers listed above would be to establish a non-profit organization to run the festival, much like those found in the successful events mentioned in this report. A well-connected board of directors leads to higher sponsorship revenues, due to their connections and clout with the local business community. A company is much more apt to get
involved when they are contacted by a local business person who is a volunteer, than if they are contacted by a for-profit company or a governmental entity. If the business being approached is a vendor or owes something to the board member, a successful sale usually results. There are several examples of cities starting events and then inspiring local business leaders to establish a non-profit to run the festival. The best is Milwaukee and the world’s largest popular music festival, Summerfest. The vision for the event was the brainchild of the late Mayor Henry Maier in the 1960s. Following a visit to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, Maier dreamed of a festival for the people that would revitalize Milwaukee’s downtown and bring the community together. He inspired community leaders to create a non-profit organization which still runs the event today. Several cities (many mentioned above) have large-scale, non-profit festivals like Summerfest. Since the State of Arizona doesn’t have such an event, I think that this is a niche that Scottsdale can fill and be very successful. POTENTIAL SPONSORS: American Express APS Arbor Day Foundation Arizona Cardinals Arizona Commerce Authority Arizona Community Foundation Arizona Game & Fish Arizona Lottery Arizona Manufacturers Council Arizona Office of Tourism Arizona State University, Global Institute of Sustainability • LightWorks • Food Systems Transformation • Biomimicry Center . UR Avnet Bank of America Charitable Foundation (12th in US for art grants) Bank of Arizona Banner Children’s - Healthy Food Good Mood Go Kids Bashas Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona\ Budweiser (Hensley Co) Bureau of Reclamation Celgene Central Arizona Project CenturyLink Change Catalyst Group Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program, part of NOAA RISA Commission on the Arts Copper Point Cox Communications
DMB Ernst & Young, LLP Fennemore Craig, PC Freeport McMoRan Inc. Fry’s Food Stores GM GoGreen Conference Arizona GSN (Global Sustainability Network) Haley Aldrich Henkel - Scottsdale Honeywell Hudbay Intel JP Morgan Chase Foundation (19th in US for art grants) Knight Foundation MAK Construction Maricopa County Air Quality Department National Geographic PepsiCo PING Polsinelli Quarles & Brady, LLP Raytheon Republic Services Resolution Copper Mining Revana Scottsdale Cultural Council Snell & Wilmer Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SRLCC) Southwest Airlines - support activities promoting conservation and preservation of natural resources. Southwest Gas Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC) SRP Steelcase SUMCO Sundt Construction Swift Transportation The Trust for Public Land Trane U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Union Pacific Railroad Unisource Energy Services United States Department of Agriculture Southwest Climate Hub United States Department of Agriculture Southwest Regional Climate Hub United States Geological Survey (USGS) University of Arizona, Institute of the Environment • Lunar Greenhouse UPS US Fish & Wildlife Service USAA
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Waste Management If the event has an environmental agenda, the following leading renewable energy companies could also be contacted; Abengoa Solar - Gila Bend APS - Solana is one of the world's largest solar plants. First Solar - Tempe with 280 employees. GSS Solar Steel - Surprise facility Kyocera Solar - producer and supplier of solar energy panels with 80 employees at its Scottsdale headquarters Rioglass Solar - a Spanish company with 80 employees at its U.S. headquarters in Surprise Schletter Inc. - Tucson with 80 employees manufacturing ground-mounted systems Stealth Solar - Phoenix Sun Valley Solar Solutions - Chandler UNS Energy Corp - 300 employees at its Tucson headquarters