Three Generations Of Conductors Walk Into A Bar…

No, this isn’t a joke; quite the opposite in fact. Instead, it’s a Facebook Live event happening this afternoon at 12 noon ET and hosted by Phoenix Symphony music director Tito Muñoz. Three generations of American conductors/musicians/leaders converge in a Facebook Live conversation to share their personal experiences during the current pandemic, and what they may foresee for the future of our industry. The panel includes: Marin Alsop Leonard Slatkin Michael …

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Where There’s A Will…

Are you looking for a nice pick-me-up in the face of what can seem like an otherwise grim arts news cycle? I’ve got just the thing to remind us why other fields look to creatives for ways out of situations where they feel trapped. From what I gather, the recording is live so what you’re hearing is singing through masks (if anyone knows for certain, I’d love to hear from you). …

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Time For A History Lesson

One of the most common questions I’m asked by arts admin students is which books they should read to learn about the latest trends in arts management. While that’s a fine endeavor, I usually respond saying there’s far more to learn by talking to as many retired or soon to be retired insiders as possible. The history of this field is poorly documented and much of the knowledge from past generations …

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Some Early Research On The Shift To Online Streaming

Rainer Glaap has enjoyed a long career as an arts marketing and box office authority. He’s based in Bremen, Germany and although recently retired, that doesn’t seem to be stopping him from being neck deep in one fascinating research project after another. One of his recent endeavors has been studying how much audiences are engaging with the initial round of online streaming offers from traditional cultural institutions. Granted, his subject base …

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Good News! You Helped Save The .Org Registry From A Private Equity Takeover

Back in November, 2019 I published an action alert about an attempt by a private equity firm to purchase the .org registry. This would mean all the nonprofit organizations that rely on the registry to maintain affordable registration rates would have gone up in smoke. Thankfully, a large coalition of voices helped persuade the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from going through with the deal. It’s tough to …

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