Why Yes, That JPG Does Make You Look Fat.

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We’ve examined the importance of page load speed here over the course of a few articles, each containing useful resources for measuring page load speed, but we haven’t taken a closer look at how you can help prevent the most common cause of page load speed: non-optimized image files. I published an article today at ArtsHacker that provides image optimization resources for managers who don’t possess the tools and/or skills to properly …

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Let’s Think About Funding Models

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Joe Patti published an intriguing article at ArtsHacker.com yesterday that examines a 2009 Stanford Social Innovation Review about ten different nonprofit funding models. It’s a fascinating read, especially in light of the time period it was written, just after the economic downturn when many nonprofits were scrambling to reassure their funding identity. The orchestra field was no different at that time and internal discussions surrounding revenue models juxtaposed with the information …

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How Satisfied Are You With Your Ticketing Software?

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While performing some work for Venture clients recently, my development team and I found the need to perform some research and in the process, I reached into my files for a resource that I sadly neglected to mention here when it was released: The 2015 Ticketing Software Satisfaction Survey report from Carnegie Mellon’s Arts Management & Technology Laboratory. Published every few years (or so), the report continues to grow into an …

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Solving Problems, One App At A Time

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One of the really fun parts about working as an arts-focused software developer is coming across opportunities to solve big problems. To that end, we’re wrapping up work on a new web app designed to solve one of the most time consuming and frustrating problems: resource scheduling. One of our existing users, The Society Of The Four Arts, manages several venues each with a wide variety of shared and unique resource …

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As National Political Conventions Convene, Could The Culture Cold War Turn Hot?

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The Culture Wars from the latter decades of the 20th century managed to produce an ugly scar across the public arts funding landscape and although public debate tempered, the struggle was far from over. But unlike the very public debate that raged across national media during the 1980s and 1990s, recent battle grounds have emerged behind closed doors. Recent attempts to defund the US Military Music program are an excellent example …

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