Ever since it released earlier this week, the topic of The Economic Environment of American Symphony Orchestras by Robert Flanagan occupies a good 30% of my incoming email. Admittedly, I’m only about half way through the report and won’t post anything comprehensive until I’m finished reading it. Nevertheless, after some good advice from more than a few sources, it made sense to post a little something about it here today. If you’ve seen the report, you likely already know it doesn’t contain anything earth shattering. The only positive aspect I’ve noticed in what I’ve read is the report’s commanding grasp of the obvious. In fact, if I didn’t know better I’d swear it was produced by the U.S. government (empty seats are bad, m’kay?). I suspect I’ll finish the report over the weekend and have something up later next week. In the meantime, I invite anyone who has read the report to post your observations.