Diagnosing The Problem – Short and Sweet

Fellow AJ Blogger Tyler Green posted an article this week where he sums up one of the leading problems with non profit management in two succinct sentences: “The best non-profit administration is done in private, so seemlessly that no one outside senior staff and the board knows what’s really going on. That makes it all the more fascinating when a non-profit completely messes it up “ And orchestra management is no …

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Double Dipping

Throughout this series of articles there has been an ongoing discussion about music directors not having to spend as much time performing as compared to the musicians.  So what exactly do music directors do with all of this down time?  Well, you’ll find them doing everything from guest conducting appearances at other orchestras to serving as another full time music director in a completely different orchestra. While there certainly isn’t anything …

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Reassessing The Music Director Part 2

Today we continue with part 2 of our examination of music director compensation.  In particular, we’ll explore the salaries for music directors and base musicians for 29 ROPA ensembles.  The following chart details these figures:   According to this information, and average ROPA ensemble music director earns 741% more than a musician earning an average base salary.  That’s an additional 100% more than ICSOM music directors earn over base musicians. This …

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Reassessing the Music Director Part 1

In yesterday’s article, I wrote about the large discrepancy between the average music director and base musicians.  The following chart lists those discrepancies in detail: Sorry, but this chart will only be available in the Adaptistration Compensation Report publication – coming soon! Keep in mind that these figures are from tax forms filed mostly in 2002.  Since that time, several ensembles have undergone a change in music director leadership, such as …

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