#TBT Commencement Season

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It’s that time of year when colleges are sending their recent crop of graduates into the great unknown and that means commencement speeches. Based on experience, I try to avoid commencement speeches but every now and then, something really special turns up. Case in point, I posted something back in 2012 about Neil Gaiman’s Commencement Speech at the University of the Arts: Make. Good. Art. Fortunately, there’s an excellent quality video …

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Where Did I Put Those Grumpy Pants?

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Douglas Rosenthal published a delightful article at Who’s Your Audience? that puts a fun spin on the traditional New Year’s resolution theme by coming up with a shortlist of things he doesn’t want to hear you talking about connected to the classical music field. Admittedly, I write this post wearing my Grumpy Pants. But I’m also donning my Optimism Cardigan. I challenge you not to love anything following that. Rosenthal’s quartet …

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Are We Using “The Imprimatur Of A Brand Name As A Shortcut For Hiring Decisions?”

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There’s a fantastic post by Joe Patti in the 7/24/17 edition of Butts In The Seats that examines a decision by Harvard University to suspend graduate admissions for their theatre program after multiple years of unacceptable debt-to-earning potential for graduates. Patti’s article is a riff on a Chicago Tribune article by chief theater critic and arts reporter Chris Jones. Although both gentlemen work mostly in the theatre world, their thought provoking …

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This Item In Trump’s Ed Budget Is A Sucker Punch To Nonprofit Performing Arts Orgs

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Among the more beneficial student aid programs, one that flies under the radar is the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). The program cancels outstanding student debt for those who work for the government or nonprofits if they have been making on-time payments for 10 years. President Trump’s proposed budget wants to eliminate the program entirely. This decision would impact both key stakeholders throughout the nonprofit performing arts field: arts administrators …

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This Is The Musician You’ve Been Looking For

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Hugh Sung is a classical pianist, techie, and author dedicated to helping folks discover the joy of making music. At the end of 2015, he launched A Musical Life podcast which includes interviews with the likes of Jennifer Higdon and David Kim but his most recent episode includes a 55 minute interview with Neo Classical author and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera concertmaster, Holly Mulcahy. The interview dives into areas of Mulcahy’s …

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