First off, let me thank everyone for the large volume of email I’ve received regarding the
First off, let me thank everyone for the large volume of email I’ve received regarding thePandering to Grants blog. Please keep in mind that I do wish to use your comments in these Reader Responses, so let me know if I have your permission to do just that when you take the time to write. Education is always a polarized issue and I’ve not been disappointed at the wide variety of your responses. However, during the course of reading through all of your emails, I noticed that many of you were missing the main point of the blog: That part of the funds that are coming into the BPO organization from this grant would undoubtedly (in my opinion) end up making its way into the general budget. As a result, I feel that orchestras should stop searching for and accepting funds from government and private foundations that place such unnecessary restrictions on the qualifications and use of those funds. Hence the title of the article: Pandering to Grants.
Furthermore, in your responses many of you thought I was taking issue with the education program at the BPO in particular and orchestra education programs in general. Since I haven’t had the time to respond to many of you, I feel that you deserve a special “heads up” regarding a blog in progress that will focus specifically on orchestra education programs. In the blog you can expect to see the BPO mentioned frequently. Although I have to warn you: based on many of your responses you may find my opinions of the BPO education department shocking. So stay tuned!