Good News On Ticket Subsidies

Thanks to reader Jon Hardie for pointing out an article by David Abel in the 8/28/2010 edition of the Boston Globe I would have otherwise missed which reports on the Highland Street Foundation’s work at subsidizing ticket prices at several Boston area cultural institutions. Regular readers know how strongly I feel about the connection between subsidized ticket prices and the overall health of performing arts…

According to details in Abel’s article, the Highland Street Foundation seems to be focusing more on organizations such as museums and zoos but it is still a welcome indication that substantial subsidies to help reduce average ticket prices and offer completely free events is not an unobtainable goal.

Make sure you take some time to read Abel’s article and for those folks who were stopping by today to see some news on Venture’s release, I’ve decided to move it back a few days so the production team doesn’t have to push the promotional videos out before they are absolutely ready. All things being equal, everything else is done and I’ll see about posting Venture’s overview video either tomorrow or Friday. In the meantime, you can sign up for Venture’s official release notice here and read about the development process at Adaptistration’s topic archives.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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