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Jill S. Robinson

CEO and Owner, TRG Arts

“Ours is the creative sector, leading our communities in thinking big, thinking differently, imagining how. I know arts and culture makes communities better.”
Jill S. Robinson CEO and Owner, TRG Arts

Professional Biography

Jill S. Robinson is a driving force in the arts and culture sector who has inspired leaders and organizations for more than three decades. From early career achievements with regional symphony orchestras to her leadership building TRG Arts (The Results Group for the Arts) into a renowned international, data-driven change agency, Jill’s expertise and counsel are sought out by arts and cultural executives worldwide. Jill believes in the transformative power of arts and culture experiences, and that positive, profound change in the business model of arts organizations leads to artistic innovation that can inspire entire communities.

With Jill’s leadership, TRG Arts has doubled in size, opened a location in the United Kingdom, and served more than 1,200 clients in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K. and Europe. Under her guidance TRG Arts has developed the largest (and growing) global arts and cultural consumer dataset in the industry, the COVID-19 International Sector Benchmark. In 2020, TRG was named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Women-Owned Companies by ColoradoBiz magazine, and was presented with the 2017 Create Award by Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.

Jill’s strategic vision for TRG Arts has benefited prominent arts organizations from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Australian Ballet to the Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle, Canada’s National Arts Centre, and theatres and venues throughout the U.K., including Theatre Clywd, Sheffield Theatres and Nottingham Playhouse.

A sought-after speaker, Jill has delivered her insights at countless industry conferences, including keynotes at the UK Theatre Touring Symposium in London, the Broadway League Spring Road Conference in New York City, the Dance/USA International Dance Managers Conference in Copenhagen, and the annual Conference on Marketing in the Arts in Madrid and Barcelona. She is a trusted source for a wide range of media covering arts and culture issues, including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and Inside Philanthropy, among others.

Jill is an adjunct professor of the Master of Arts Administration/Master of Business Administration program at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX and an inaugural faculty member for the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Cultural Leadership Program. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and the Advisory Board for SMU DataArts, and has served on the board of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Jill's latest blogs:

July 20, 2023
Ten Years: Rick, a Reflection and a Rank.

Ten years. What has changed in your professional, your personal, world over the past 10 years? Here at TRG Arts, it was 10 years ago this week that our former CEO, Rick Lester, passed away while participating in a charity bike ride in the mountains of Colorado.

July 1, 2022
The Race To Recovery Is On. Are You And Your Team Slowing It Down?

“Recovery is a decision, not a reaction, or even a result. In my latest blog I explore how arts leaders need to decide to recover and bring their teams along with them.”

December 14, 2021
Guest Post: Three Provocations from Ben Cameron to Shape Arts and Culture

“How will we build on what we have learned and seek not merely to resume but to reinvent?”

November 17, 2021
Desperately Seeking: Resilient Workplace Operating Systems

How can we change our organizational systems to fuel creativity’s impact on our bottom line?

October 29, 2021
What's Your Personal Operating System?

Getting real with Dr. Michael Maddaus on what makes leaders and organizations resilient in this Great Resignation/Reinvention era

July 29, 2021
Stages of Grief.

I’m borrowing this title from author and my new acquaintance, Bill Deresiewicz. It’s taken from his recent article in Harper’s with that title, and I think it’s an apt description of the experiential spectrum of those of us working in the arts economy.

June 9, 2021
Creating Lasting Impact in Our Communities, Consciously

We’ve just celebrated a milestone at TRG Arts. For the first time in the company’s 25-year history, we’ve received outside investment to help catapult our impact for the arts, cultural and (small e) entertainment fields at a time when impact is the oxygen we need to grow and sustain.

Apr 7, 2021
NIVA and the Case for Creative Sector Collaboration

It's a tax status, not an attitude.

I've been thinking about the variety of business models and players in our global arts and cultural ecosystem since this pandemic began.

Apr 7, 2021
Leaders: Do you consider yourself to be creative?

I'm musing about creativity in the arts and cultural sector right now...in fact, I'm a little preoccupied by it.

Mar 8, 2021
A Front Row Seat on Creativity

I’ve had a front row seat for a year. It’s funny, because seats are definitely a thing in my professional life…maybe even a denominator in much of my lived experience.