David Bury works in development, management, planning and fund raising for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Through David Bury & Associates (DB&A), which he founded in 1981, he has helped hundreds organizations nationwide and in Europe create stronger development-fundraising programs, design and launch organizational capacity-building initiatives, carry out major fundraising initiatives, successfully address leadership transitions, conduct strategic planning processes, and complete a variety of projects including organizational assessments and mergers.
In addition to his work with DB&A’s client organizations, David has been retained to present workshops and to provide consultancies by organizations such as League of American Symphony Orchestras, Arts Presenters, Chamber Music America, Dance USA, National Guild of Community Arts Education, National Performance Network, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Philadelphia Music Project, among others.
The National Endowment for the Arts retained David regularly from the late-80s through the mid-90s as a consultant for its Advancement Program. Through that association, he worked with arts organizations across the nation in designing and implementing strategic organizational plans. David’s ongoing involvement with organizations such as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Center for Black Music Research, Meet The Composer, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and Chamber Music America has been instrumental in developing their success and long-term viability.
Prior to forming DB&A, David served for two and one-half years as Assistant Director of the Vermont Arts Council. Earlier, as Executive Director of the Brattleboro Music Center, he built the organization’s annual budget in three years from $100,000 to nearly $500,000. He also expanded the Center’s Bach Festival building it into a New England wide event and produced the Festival’s first New York City production, which the “Times” named one of the two finest performances of the Bach Tercentenary Year. He was also a cofounder and a former president of the Green Mountain Consortium for the Performing Arts.
Before becoming involved in the arts, David taught history and economics on the secondary level in Buffalo, NY and Washington, DC; founded an alternative high school in Old Deerfield, MA; and served as Co-Chairman of the Education Department and Assistant to the President at Windham College, Putney, VT. He spent two years, 1964-66, working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile, where he specialized in urban community development and housing. Later, he trained VISTA volunteers in community development and education throughout portions of the South including Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. David received a B.A. from Bethany College, W.Va. in 1964 and an M.A.T. from Antioch New England University in 1969.
In addition to his professional activities, David serves as a board member for the Bay and Paul Foundations, as president of the 428 W. 20th Street Condo, Inc., as a trustee of the New England Foundation for the Arts, as step-grandfather to nine youngsters ranging in age from three to thirteen, as an accomplished if somewhat erratic cook, and as a diehard Red Sox and Celtics fan living in exile in Manhattan. He is conversant in Spanish and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Europe. He is married to Marianne Lockwood, co-founder and long-time president of New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s.