Start Thinking About Ticket Prices

The11/26/08 edition of the Detroit Free Press published an article by Mark Stryker that examines some current events in the Detroit Symphony finances. Although the entire article is well written, the part that should catch your eye is about tickets sales. We’re going to explore this issue in more detail next week but take some time over the weekend to give Mark’s article a read then head over to Adaptistration’s ticket …

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Thankful thoughts For 2008

I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends. Although the 2008/09 season is shaping up to be a trying time for many organizations, one positive aspect is that difficult times help us recognize that which deserves thanks.

Don’t Do What Donny Don’t Does

Over the past few weeks I’ve been inundated with promotional email messages from specialty PR firms pushing a micro-site designed by one of the big budget orchestras in conjunction with the tenure of a key artistic leader. On one hand, I’m very happy to see groups designing and promoting micro-sites but the topic I wanted to write about today is the process orchestras use to promote a new media platform like this to other new media outlets…

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Things That Make you Go “Buh?” Conductors

Does anyone else notice that conductors seem to be a bit more, shall we say, “artistically tempered” than usual? A few weeks ago, Ricardo Muti made headlines when he walked away from a gig for the Queen of England because he reportedly took issue with her programming suggestions and now the Boston Globe reports that conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky ditched a concert series with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) because he didn’t get equal billing with soloist, Lynn Harrell. Come on people; get a tighter grip on reality…

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Website Update

I spent a portion of the weekend updating my converting my consulting website from a hand coded html platform over to the same blogging platform I use for blogging. Although I required some detailed coding the long-term benefits are many, including simplified updating expanded offerings via the WordPress platform. In addition to the new platform is an updated graphic design and even though I still have some material to update, I do have information about my Area-51 project from this summer available so if you’ve been anxious to learn more about where I was and what I was doing, you’re in luck…

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