A White House Office Of The Arts?

As we stand at the precipice of a fundamental shift in the way the Federal government functions (and quite likely life as we know it), recent gossip has focused on the possibility of a new White House level arts office that would be responsible for what Artnet News reports as “overseeing all things having to do with the arts and arts education.” I’m going to propose something that might seem like heresy but read the rest of the article before heading out for effigy supplies: perhaps we don’t need a White House level arts office with that much authority…

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Speedlinking: 1/13/2009

  1. Bill Eddins unwittingly discovers the impetus for the annual orchestra website reviews.
  2. Joe Patti discovers that his ads are naked.
  3. Marc Geelhoed does a 1st class job at demonstrating the power of music.
  4. The bassist in the orchestra that shall not be named has a chestnut allergy.
  5. Oboeinsight is watching watch cartoons (Leopold, Leopold!).
  6. Everyone’s favorite dog tries his hand at photo mahsups.

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The Perils of Demand Based Pricing

A few weeks ago, the Associated Press published an article by David Sharp about the notion of using demand based pricing throughout the performing arts community. If you aren’t already familiar with demand based pricing as applied to orchestras, it is a method where a higher price is charged for seats within a given pricing section. By and large, this is a terrible idea for the orchestra business in general at this point in time, however, before going down that road let’s examine some instances where demand based pricing makes sense…

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Who Are You?

It has been two years since the last Adaptistration reader survey; as such, it is high time to find out more about you. The original survey had a few questions but since then the internet has grown considerably so the need to acquire more info this time around is necessary. Nonetheless, I know your time is valuable so in order to make it worth your while the good folks over at Naxos have generously offered a free three month subscription to the Naxos Music Library for one lucky survey respondent! The CD quality subscription is valued at $75.00 so you can’t afford to not fill out the survey

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