Happy Anniversary Butts In The Seats!

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Congratulations to Joe Patti’s Butts In The Seats; Musings on Practical Solutions For Arts Management which is celebrating its 13th anniversary! I completely missed posting something on the actual anniversary date last week but I would be remiss not to mention it now as it remains as one of the most meaningful culture blogs available. I was enormously pleased when Joe decided to include his blog among the Inside The Arts …

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The Concert Experience Is Once Again A Hot Topic (and that’s a good thing)

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The 2/21/2017 edition of the Wall Street Journal published an article by Terry Teachout (subscriber only) that examines some recent work by the California Symphony into attracting millennials. Specifically, the article touches on the orchestra’s efforts to identify reasons why new ticket buyers are discouraged from returning and, spoiler alert, they are mostly non-artistic. If all of this sounds a bit familiar, that’s because the California Symphony’s executive director, Aubrey Bergauer, …

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Keeping Tabs On Your Internet Speed

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Budgets are tight enough already, the last thing anyone wants to do is pay for something a provider isn’t delivering. To that end, something every office has is an internet connection but it never surprises me to see how few actually test their connection speeds to confirm they are getting what they pay for. Granted, internet service providers (ISP) and their ability to deliver the connection speeds they promise have come …

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Culture Wars 2.0

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It’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore rising pressure from government sources against arts and culture. The most noticeable example is the Trump administration’s attempt to disband the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), but there are more machinations afoot indicating increased interest in suppressing art and culture, especially if it is in any way deemed politically subversive. The 2/17/2017 edition of the Carroll County …

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The Miserable Have No Other Medicine, But Only Hope…And Legislative Lobbying Action

With all the discussions intersecting arts advocacy and political action, it’s worth taking a closer look at the sort of lobbying activities 501(c)(3) nonprofits can participate. And since we’re talking about a topic that clearly crosses the threshold into legal waters, let’s be clear that the information provided here is not legal advice. The purpose of this post is to examine the topic and inspire consideration. You should always consult with …

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