Become Your Own Gatekeeper

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We’re going to take a cue for public radio today and perform a few variations on their more successful pledge drive themes to help promote the Orchestra 990 Database Project’s Kickstarter campaign. I’m a big believer in self-identification and there’s no single way to universally appeal to a mass audience; instead, focusing on a multi-approach angle will produce far better results. So to that end, you can expect a series of …

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Just When You Thought It Was Done

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It seemed like the story behind the Lipinski Strad robbery was winding down; suspects were apprehended, the instrument and bows were returned, and all that remained were the gears of the remaining investigation and likely trial. But all of that took a sharp left turn when one of the suspects, Salah Salahadyn, walked into the Milwaukee NBC affiliate TMJ4 on 2/18/2014 and gave an on-camera interview to discuss why he stole …

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A Shoutout To Everyone Working In The Dark

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Now that we’re nearly two months past winter solstice and the effects of increased daylight hours have a positive impact on the work day, it is worth pointing out that not everyone shares in the benefits. Here in Chicago, one performing arts organization’s administrative office complex is colloquially known as “The Bunker” which as the name suggests, is entirely bereft of windows and natural sunlight. Granted, it isn’t unusual for an …

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Will Henson Stay Or Will He Go?

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There has been no shortage of speculation on whether or not Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) President Michael Henson will remain as the orchestra’s executive administrator in the wake of what is arguably the field’s most acrimonious work stoppage. There are no shortage of voices calling for his removal, including former MOA music director Osmo Vanska; moreover, the musicians recently reaffirmed their 11/27/2012 vote of no-confidence in Henson in an interview with …

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More On The Value Of Happiness

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Workplace satisfaction is an important topic here if for no other reason than it is one of the most common areas where the field refuses to address its collective shortcomings. But I’ll let you in on a secret: the first groups to genuinely embrace the notion of creating and, perhaps more importantly, quantifying internal value by way of workplace satisfaction and happiness will also be among the first groups to successfully …

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