First Of Two Reports Concludes Plácido Domingo Engaged In Sexual Misconduct And Abuse Of Power

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Over the last several months, two organizations have been investigating allegations that Plácido Domingo abused his positions of authority and engaged in multiple counts of sexual misconduct with subordinates and colleagues. While the investigation still underway by the LA Opera has no expected end date nor is it known if any findings will be made public, the investigation conducted by the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the musicians’ union representing …

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Happy Sweet 16 Butts In The Seats!

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It wouldn’t be February without congratulating Joe Patti for another terrific year of posts at Butts In The Seats; Musings on Practical Solutions For Arts Management. It is celebrating its 16th anniversary this week! If that wasn’t enough, Joe is also a regular contributor at where his posts are among the site’s most frequently visited and shared so if you aren’t already familiar with his work, stop by and set aside a meaningful …

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Creating Better Surveys Using Narrative Driven Questions

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Audience surveys have been around for ages but most I come across are still rooted firmly in an old-school approach that relies on a certain level of understanding on the part of respondents in order to be effective. But there’s value in considering an approach that relies more on narrative driven questions. Narrative driven questions combine description and explanation of personal experiences in order to understand or explain reactions and behaviors, …

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

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Joe Patti posted an article yesterday referencing an idea he had a solid decade ago in the form of a procurement platform focused on nonprofits so they could solicit competitive bids for goods and services. If the idea sounds familiar, it’s exactly what will launch in a few weeks in the form of Nonprofit Bids. Sure enough, I dug through my emails from 2010 and found the exchange with Joe. I’m …

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(Image + Perceived Value) x Competition = Relevance

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There’s a fascinating article written by Taylor Stevens in the 2/26/2020 edition of the Salt Lake Tribune that examines calls to review how local tax initiative dollars benefitting nonprofit arts orgs are allocated. The tax has been in place since 1996 and since then, the primary recipients have been the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, Ballet West, and Pioneer Theatre Company. According to the report, those groups share 45 percent of …

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