Sometimes, Surprises Are Good

I like waking up in the morning to a (pleasant) surprise and that’s precisely what happened when I went scrolling through the morning arts news (via Arts Journal music news, of course) yesterday and read an article by Peter Dobrin about the Philadelphia Orchestra’s decision to hire James Undercofler, the Dean of Eastman School of Music, as their new president & CEO…

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Quiet Concerns About Baltimore

The Baltimore Sun published an article by Tim Smith on 3/30/06 which reports that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra used $27.5 million of their $90 million endowment to pay off outstanding debt… The article goes on to report that $62 million of the remaining endowment funds will be transferred to a new trust overseen by an independent board of trustees. According to representatives from the BSO, the article reports that the organization …

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TAFTO 2006 Contribution – Joe Patti, Part 2

Continuing where we left off in Part 1, Joe Patti’s TAFTO 2006 contribution provides the resolution to his experience taking a group to an all Mozart Honolulu Symphony performance. As you likely discovered in Part 1, just when you thought you had this TAFTO contribution figured out, it slips away in a different direction.

Joe’s power of observation are representative of the type of marketing data most orchestras should beg, borrow, and steal to obtain yet they can all find the material here, free of charge. After reading Joe’s second installment, I couldn’t think of a better way to end this year’s TAFTO event and I hope you feel the same way.

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All About Negotiations launched their inaugural Virtual Panel Discussion today… In order to provide as broad a view as possible on this subject, has assembled a wide-ranging cross section of professional negotiators, executive managers, and knowledgeable musicians from a variety of ICSOM, ROPA, and OCSM ensembles. Each panelist retains a great deal of unique experience working with a diverse assortment of negotiation aspects. Throughout the week, they’ll be engaged in a lively …

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