Sick Day


<sarcasm>Hooray for summer colds!</sarcasm> I’m under the weather today but fortunately, there’s no shortage of great content out there and one article in particular tackles the very touchy subject of what to do with employees that toe the Return on Investment line and how some groups just keep borderline employees around “just because.” Don’t think this applies to middle or entry level managers, in fact, I witness this phenomenon far more …

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More Details On The Met Agreements


Things seem to be rolling along for the Metropolitan Opera (Met); once the company reached tentative four year agreements with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) it only took a day to reach a similar agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Pundits and the usual talking head crowd are lining up to declare winners and losers but there may …

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More On Orchestra Video Ads


Neo Classical author Holly Mulcahy authored a guest post at Norman Lebrecht’s Slipped Disc entitled Can You Sell An Orchestra On TV? Don Draper Can. that uses a recent TV spot from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) as a jumping off point for conversation. Mulcahy approaches the perspective by shifting the focus more toward the audience than the experience. It made me recall an effort from the League several years …

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The Met Has A Tentative Deal, What Happens Next?

Although it took all parties working through the night, it appears that the Metropolitan Opera (Met) and two of its three largest unions, American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and American Federation of Musicians (AFM), managed to reach a tentative four year agreement around 6:15am ET on 8/18/14. Although details have yet to emerge, internal sources indicate that the deal was reached thanks to the Met abandoning its zero sum bargaining …

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Musician Videos As Outreach

Just a quick pointer today; I’ve taken then weekend off and although I’m keeping my ear to the ground for Met news, don’t expect anything here until Tuesday or Wednesday. In the meantime, check out the 8/15/2014 edition of The Wall Street Journal which published an article by Corinne Ramey that examines an outreach effort by Mostly Mozart in the form of promotional videos about their musicians. It’s a good article …

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