“There is a difference in creating a musical market and a musical community.”

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If you’re a regular reader, you probably know that my wife, Holly Mulcahy, is the concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony. Since we live in Chicago, that tends to catch people off guard. Wait, you live in Chicago, but perform in Chattanooga…Chattanooga, Tennessee, right? Musicians commuting long distances is nothing new but using the commute to build community around classical music is something Holly has mastered. She leverages her violin case to …

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#TBT Venture Event Manager Plugin Is Now Available At The WordPress Repository

Granted, today’s headline is definitely a current event and while having the plugin available at the WordPress repository is a big step, it did bring to mind the past seven years of progress with The Venture Platform that led to this latest development. It seems like it was only yesterday when the entire platform was just getting started: An Invitation To Be At The Forefront Of A Paradigm Shift We enjoyed …

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Time To Get Your GDPR On

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On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s (EU) new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations related to personal data collection will go into effect.  A quick google search will produce a wide range of sources capable of providing an overview but in a nutshell, it means that if your organization processes personal data of EU citizens, you must comply with required consent measures. If your organization collects and stores user EU …

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Is There Anything More Inspiring Than Compliance Deadlines?

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The 4/14/18 edition of US News and World Reports published an article by Rachael Pacella that examines some a new program at the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) designed to being moving more minority music students toward careers as professional orchestra musicians. The ASO’s Annapolis Symphony Academy intends to fill half of the available openings with African-American or Hispanic-Latino students. This is a great step in the right direction. Having said that, …

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Here’s What I Thought Of My First Nonprofit Technology Conference

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I’m back from #18NTC (2018 nonprofit technology conference) and wanted to take a moment to provide some observations while they are still fresh in my mind. Sessions I took the time to move through as many sessions as possible, the bulk of which fell into the IT, Leadership, Marketing/Communication, and Program tracks. Speaking of popping in and out of sessions, NTEN CEO, Amy Sample Ward, regularly reminded attendees about their two-legs …

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