Institute For Composer Diversity Begins Rolling Out 2019-2020 Season Report

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The Institute For Composer Diversity (ICD), which evolved from the Women Composers Database project, released their initial 2019-2020 season report. The report tracks the overall number and percentage of masterworks series works from women composers and composers of color. The online report provides concise datasets that illustrate each orchestra’s percentage and number of works in total season along with their League of American Orchestras group number. Since we’re neck-deep in 2019-2020 …

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Hey Conductors/CEOs/Artistic VPs: What Do You Want To See In A Guest Artist Or New Work Website?

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My web development agency is currently putting together the promotional website for George S. Clinton’s new violin concerto, The Rose of Sonora, written for violinist Holly Mulcahy. We’ve been talking about the different user profiles of site visitors and one of those groups is what I call “artistic deciders.” This includes anyone responsible for programming, such as conductors, CEOs/Executive Directors, and VPs/Directors of Artistic Administration. While I’ve talked to a number …

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Who Knew Your Holiday Pops Tunes Were NSFW

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Brace yourself, we’re veering a bit off topic today and chatting about adapting traditional content that when seen through the lens of contemporary sensibilities clearly crosses the “not cool” line. Case in point, the popular holiday pops song Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Years before the #MeToo movement gained traction, Baby, It’s Cold Outside started gaining attention thanks to lyrics that may have been acceptable in 1948, but 70 years later, are …

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Understanding Fee Based Performance Revenue Agreements

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When it comes to how orchestras structure earned income by way of fee-based performance activity, not all agreements are created equal. Interestingly enough, this is one of the few areas within arts administration that share far more with the artist side of the labor equation than not because in the end, the shared goal is making sure performance-based revenue meets or exceeds minimum revenue goals. For example, it doesn’t matter if …

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The Composer Diversity Database

Six months ago, I wrote about a new online database that made it easier for anyone to discover women composers and their music. At the end of that article, I expressed my intentions: to create a similar database focusing on composers of color and “a potential transformation from the current shared spreadsheet to a more stable and intuitive website”. Six months later, I am happy to say that I and my …

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