I’ll See Your Study And Raise You A Proposal

Recently, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) released a report examining how arts and culture institutions that accepted Payroll Protection Program (PPP) handled staff layoffs. It’s a good report and if you’re interested in a deeper dive, you can find some good analysis and commentary from Hakim Bishara at hyperallergic.com and Joe Patti at Butts In The Seats. These initial studies provide useful context for ongoing analysis …

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Speaking Of Change…

Recently, my wife posted a note on her Facebook wall that garnered a great deal of feedback: What’s genuinely interesting is the range of perspectives coming in; some believe it applies to a specific stakeholder group while others take an inward view. Then there are those that adopt a more empathetic approach and look at it from the point of view of a new or infrequent ticket buyer. For my money, …

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Wait, Interns Aren’t Here For Us?

I always love it when Joe Patti doesn’t hold back on a topic and he really opened up on one near and dear to me: predatory arts org internships. He examines an internship environment that was so caustic, it caught the attention of the L.A. Times and he brought everything together in the best possible way: As business journals try to analyze the motivations behind the current Great Resignation, it would behoove the theater world to note …

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Juilliard Students Continue To Seek A Tuition Freeze

Right before the compensation report week, we examined how Juilliard Students were protesting tuition hikes and since then, the situation has exploded. The New York Times and Rolling Stones both covered the story along with sector-specific outlets like Inside Higher Education. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the school’s administration has kept to a tight list of talking points but thanks reports in the aforementioned outlets, it became clear that they weren’t afraid to use …

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Juilliard Students to Admin: We’re Not Gonna Take It

Getting a music degree from a name brand conservatory or school of music is mind-numbingly expensive. Investing in this type of career carries more risk now than I can remember and given the amount of debt students absorb chasing those degrees, it wasn’t unusual to see them do the comparative math and opt to take a year off over the pandemic. Now that things are starting to get back up and …

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