Yes, Audiences Will Come Back

Anxiety over losing audiences not just during periods of social distancing but beyond is something I hear a lot from arts managers these days. The good news is this has been figured out for you already. Spoiler: people do miss it. They down right yearn for it. In the course of her work with Arts Capacity, violinist Holly Mulcahy has discovered just how much people miss the impact live cultural experiences …

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My #20NTC Session Is Now A Free Webinar

While the decision to cancel #20NTC was disappointing, it’s been equally heartening to see the community members and the organization step up to help fill the void. To that end, NTEN has been aggregating a list of free webinars developed from what would have been conference sessions. We’re excited and humbled to see so many of our NTC presenters self-organizing to offer the content they prepared for the 20NTC in online …

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Stay Safe. Stay Positive. 

As has been the case for most, it has been a relentlessly busy 10 days. To that end, just a few quick links and pointers today: Joe Patti has been doing a great job tracking a number of resources to help groups manage the myriad of COVID-19 considerations. His recent posts have focused on a series of free webinars. Ceci Dadisman has been talking about how to use this time to …

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COVID-19’s Impact Is Starting To Take Shape

I had the pleasure of talking to WWFM’s Rachel Katz for her program, A Tempo, about the impact COVID-19 is having across the classical music sector. It’s a particularly interesting segment thanks to Katz interviewing several freelance musicians who have seen all or most of their work dry up. My part of the conversation focused on financial pressures, communication, cash flow, and the substantial difference between organizations that engage musicians as per-service …

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More Than Just Thoughts And Prayers

The cancellations keep rolling in and while they aren’t a surprise, it’s impossible not to feel the emotional impact. The NTEN conference I was scheduled to present at next week in Baltimore was cancelled late last night and the video announcing the news from CEO Amy Sample Ward, conveyed a palpable passion over just how difficult the decision was. I could list dozens more. The temptation to give in to apathy …

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