“It Is Time To Stop Being The Victim”

Today’s headline is a line from Ron Spigelman’s 1/18/2010 blog post titled Adjusting the Seasonings in Salt Lake! – Time to Make a Play! In the article, Spigelman asserts that orchestras need to move past the self perception that the business must rely exclusively on handouts dictated solely by economic conditions. This is a particularly useful concept in today’s economic downturn as it is far too easy for nonprofit arts managers to forget just how much impact (real and/or potential) they have throughout their respective community…

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A Sneak Peek At TAFTO 2010 Contributors

Take A Friend To The Orchestra (TAFTO) 2010 is only two months away and in order to give orchestras interested in putting together a TAFTO oriented event something to work with, I wanted to announce the first round of confirmed contributors.

20 Hours Per Week

One of the points that came up throughout last week’s American Orchestras Summit was the “musicians only have to work 20 hours per week” comment leveraged by Cleveland Orchestra’s management during their recent labor strife. By and large, the response among participants was it only served a self defeating purpose and it is high time to put the old rhetoric out to pasture. Frankly, it’s a ridiculous statement, right on par with “all nonprofit managers are just hacks who couldn’t make it in the for profit world”…

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“Solving All The Problems Of American Orchestras”

That was one of the opening lines from WRCJ’s Chris Felcyn, host of The Well Tempered Wireless, during the segment from his show last Friday where I had the pleasure to serve as a guest (Chris’ blog). I had a wonderful time on the program, Chris is an excellent host who is very passionate about the business and he asked a number of hard-hitting questions. The audio from that entire segment (24:39) is now available at the WRCJ website or you can listen via the clip below…


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Stepping On Some Toes

My overall impression of last week’s American Orchestras Summit was quite positive. All in all, the unique setting and absence of traditional host influence resulted in a noticeably different, and constructive, atmosphere for most discussions. I also appreciated the fact that as a panelist and a member of the audience, the room was well lit so everyone could easily see one another. Accordingly, there was one distinct point during my panel …

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