Preparing For The 2022 Orchestra Compensation Reports

Typically, the annual Orchestra Compensation Reports are released toward the first half of June but they may be a few weeks later due to my usual assistant, who does an amazing job with the critical task of processing each orchestra’s filing, being unavailable due to health reasons. As such, it will take a little longer than usual to get everything processed. It’s worth taking this time to point out that this …

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Happy Memorial Day

Whether you’re home all day staying safe and healthy enjoying the holiday with family and friends or your orchestra is putting on a performance today, try to take a few moments to remember the reason for the holiday. To that end, I wanted to include a little something special today in the form of this arrangement of TAPS for solo trombone and trombone ensemble, by Jim Stephenson. I recall hearing it …

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Looking For A Way To Chip Away At The Us vs. Them Walls?

The idea would have never occurred to me in a million years but if you’re looking for a legitimate initiative to help build positive connections between stakeholders, be sure to check out something the Wichita Symphony rolled out a few months ago. Spoiler: they designed an improv workshop. Attended by a cross section of a dozen board members, managers, and musicians it produced worthwhile results. The program was initiated by the …

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Knowing When To Keep Quiet

In the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas it’s worth pointing out some straightforward, but sometimes easy to forget, advice marketing professional Ceci Dadisman posted across social media: Fellow marketers who manage social media, please consider pausing paid campaigns and scheduled posts today. — Ceci Grasso Dadisman (@CeciDadisman) May 25, 2022 Granted, that advice can sometimes be easier said than done if timing falls on a major announcement but …

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Have You Discovered The Social Media Tracker Project Yet?

Wouldn’t you love to see how effective orchestras are with their social media campaigns? I can only speak for myself, but I’d be surprised if most arts admin professionals wouldn’t love to get their hands on regularly updated data. Unfortunately, there isn’t any sort of resource or database maintained by the usual service organization suspects but thanks to a tip from Ruth Hartt, I discovered an effort created by former arts …

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