Shop Talk S01E14: Musician Injuries Could Soar After COVID: Artistic Decision Makers Perspective

This is the first in a series of podcasts focusing on the topic of what orchestras of all budget size should be considering when planning for post-COVID concert activity. This installment gets right to the heart matter by talking to artistic decision makers. Guests Tito Muñoz, Phoenix Symphony Music Director, and Jennifer Arnold, Richmond Symphony Director of Artistic Planning and Operations, talk about their views on the topic. It is an …

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Ultimatum To Fort Wayne Phil Musicians Earns Employer A NLRB Trial Date

The ongoing labor dispute between the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and its musicians crossed another milestone last week when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against the employer. According to the musicians who filed complaint 25-CA-268849 on 11/10/2020, the employer allegedly refused to bargain in good faith and engaged in surface bargaining (merely going through the motions) and/or direct dealing (circumventing elected negotiating representatives and attempting to bargain directly …

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Are You Planning A Big Blowout For Your Inaugural Post-COVID Concerts?

Not long after the onset of pandemic shutdowns, a living wage orchestra decided to cancel the entire season and a comment from their board chair caught my eye. The chair mentioned that even though they were shuttering for an extended period of time, he was sure the musicians would be able to come back at a moment’s notice to resume the same performances audiences were used to. On one hand, that …

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The Latest Edition Of Culture Track Is Out

Earlier this week, LaPlaca Cohen and Slover Linnet released the latest installment in their Culture Track series: Culture + Community in a Time of Transformation. The report’s goal of “inform[ing] the national dialogue about progress, relevance, and genuine equity in the cultural sector” hopes to provide further breakdowns of the relationships among various demographic and geographic factors in late July 2021. Focusing on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), the …

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Trial And Error Is Not A Good Approach To Website Navigation UX

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When it comes to designing your website navigation menu, you’ll eventually need to make one critical choice in the form of deciding whether to make the top-level navigation menu items clickable or to trigger a hover-and-expand function to show sub-menu items. Fortunately, there’s one quick and easy sure-fire rule you can use to get moving in the right direction. To that end, I published an article at ArtsHacker that provides some …

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