Happy 17th Anniversary Butts In The Seats!

This week marks the 17th anniversary of Joe Patti’s Butts In The Seats; Musings on Practical Solutions For Arts Management. 2020 was a stellar year for posts. He’s provided some of the timeliest content related to handling COIVD without losing focus on the bigger picture. Not only is Joe one of the most consistently engaging culture bloggers around, but he’s also one of the most prolific. If his blog is new to …

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Donor Cultivation Tracking Software Results

Thanks to everyone who submitted a response to last week’s survey on the pros and cons of donor cultivation tracking software. The results were interesting in that they were weighted in the opposite direction from what I tend to hear from development professionals when talking to them. Do you use donor cultivation tracking software that is part of your organization’s CRM (Customer Relationship Management platform)? Respondents that indicated they didn’t use …

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Here’s A Great Idea For Connecting To Your Community

If you’re looking for a way to connect with your audience that also demonstrates your organization’s commitment to the community, consider having musicians perform at vaccination centers. I’ve seen a few groups talking about this idea and with proper planning, it has the potential for becoming a real win-win scenario. Connecting health and wellness to classical music is something groups have been exploring over the pandemic and this idea dovetails nicely …

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The New Realities Of Orchestral Life

Like a lot of music schools, orchestra faculty at the DePaul University have to adjust to the realities of Zoom based education. To that end, Michael Lewanski, Associate Professor of Instrumental Ensembles at DePaul was kind enough to invite me as a guest for one of those Zoom sessions. After some back and forth on the topic, we settled on an updated version of my Realities of an Orchestral Life program. …

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