Long time Adaptistration readers know that issues related to ticket price are a fundamental topic. Along those lines, my ever-sharp AJ blogging neighbor Tyler Green is producing a must-read collection of articles with his recent salvo of spot-on observations of ticket price issues in the world of art museums…
First, there are a set of articles which unravel the mountain of spin coming from some Denver Museum of Art executive managers. If that’s not enough, he even takes some much needed jabs at the Denver mass media establishment by calling them (or perhaps more accurately, their editors) out on their lack of coverage on this topic.
Next, Tyler examines what I think is an out-and-out sinister pilot program by the Smithsonian to begin eliminating the access-for-all policy in favor of a tiered access system so as to accommodate a planned butterfly exhibit. Oddly enough, the Washington Post reports that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, stands behind the idea.
"This exhibit sounds like a wonderful addition to the Smithsonian collection, and I’m happy to hear that they have found a creative way to make it available for visitors to enjoy," she said.
I must have missed something, when exactly did charging admission to something become "creative"? Thanks to Tyler for helping to bring this to the forefront.
I don’t really mention my non-music Arts Journal colleagues as much I really should, but Tyler’s articles on this topic is simply too relevant to the orchestra business to inadvertently overlook. These articles are, by far, the best writing on the topic appearing here at Arts Journal in recent months.
Every orchestra executive and board chair out there needs to think long and hard before blaming falling revenue on ticket prices and hatching price-hike schemes that only hurt your least affluent patrons. Such actions are, at best, short-sided and, at worst, reckless.