#TBT Things That Make You Go Buh?!? Higher Education

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Just when you think higher education can’t get any screwier than it already is, someone comes along with a hold my beer moment. Case in point, this article by Nell Gluckman in the 4/24/18 edition of chronicle.com that examines an effort by the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to recruit unpaid adjunct faculty. Of course, they didn’t call it unpaid. Why do that when there’s perfectly good jargon to unbox (emphasis …

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Here’s Something I Wish Every Arts Org Conference Had

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Inside my file of crazy ideas that will never happen is a page that reads simply “every nonprofit performing arts manager spend one year attending conferences other than those run by the usual service org suspects.” While there’s no such thing as a perfect conference, there are no shortage of methods and attitudes that are commonplace elsewhere but for a number of reasons, are borderline heresy at usual suspect conferences. Case …

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We Are The Very Model Of A Modern Major Orchestra

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There’s an article by Mark MacNamara in the 4/17/18 edition of the San Francisco Classical Voice that casts a retrospective eye toward one of the first new model orchestras, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In addition to Orpheus, the article examines a few of the other ensembles that have attempted to walk a similar path. If you’ve been in the field long enough, you’ve seen groups come and go and others twist …

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Today Marks The Beginning Of The End For Net Neutrality

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Today marks the beginning of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) repeal of net neutrality. While portions of the repeal are scheduled to be rolled out at later dates, they mostly deal with issues that won’t have any direct impact on the nonprofit performing arts sector (such as data collection requirements). Having said that, you shouldn’t expect slowdowns to happen immediately. As anticipated by most experts, there are slew of legal challenges brewing …

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“There is a difference in creating a musical market and a musical community.”

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If you’re a regular reader, you probably know that my wife, Holly Mulcahy, is the concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony. Since we live in Chicago, that tends to catch people off guard. Wait, you live in Chicago, but perform in Chattanooga…Chattanooga, Tennessee, right? Musicians commuting long distances is nothing new but using the commute to build community around classical music is something Holly has mastered. She leverages her violin case to …

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