A Sobering Reminder To Remain Vigilant

Even though they required patrons to demonstrate they were vaccinated, had recently had a Covid infection or had a negative Covid test a music festival in the Netherlands became a super-spreader event that led to 1,000 COIVD-19 infections. You can find details in an article by Holly Ellyatt in the 7/15/21 edition of CNBC.com. What jumps out is the realization that while the music festival went to great lengths to protect …

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More On The Dynamic Impact Of COIVD

Usually, these posts focus on how the pandemic generates dynamic expenses and considerations for the organization but today we’re going to focus on musicians; specifically, string musicians. This dynamic cost consideration is really more of a double-edged sword. On one hand, if a string musician was playing considerably less over the pandemic, the need for regular maintenance items like changing strings or getting bows rehaired has been lower. At the same …

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Another New SBA Funding Program You Should Be Aware Of (With A Bonus Resource Hidden Gem)

In early April, 2021 the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it was expanding the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program and as this last weekend, they announced another program that might help some arts and culture organizations. The new programs are called the Targeted EIDL Advance and Supplemental Targeted Advance. Compared to the previous programs, these are actual grants and have more narrowly defined qualifications. Full program details per …

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Good Problems To Have

The more attention we focus on the processes used to enter the post-pandemic period of concert activity, the better. Case in point, there’s an excellent article from Jim Farber in the 5/24/2021 edition of San Francisco Classical Voice that includes interviews with the CEOs from New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony about how both groups are approaching the return to more in-person events. A few things caught my eye such …

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Back In The In-Person Concert Saddle

Over the weekend, I attended my first in-person orchestra concert in 15 months and the experience was fantastic. To a large degree, the entire experience reinforced what I have been hoping would be the case in that there are opportunities and advantages connected to socially distanced concert events. This was my first time attending a South Bend Symphony concert. The program included Beethoven Symphony No. 5 and The Rose of Sonora, …

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