Is There Anything More Inspiring Than Compliance Deadlines?

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The 4/14/18 edition of US News and World Reports published an article by Rachael Pacella that examines some a new program at the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) designed to being moving more minority music students toward careers as professional orchestra musicians. The ASO’s Annapolis Symphony Academy intends to fill half of the available openings with African-American or Hispanic-Latino students. This is a great step in the right direction. Having said that, …

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What The Oscars, Contracts, And The Orchestra Field Have In Common

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Two items that came out of last Sunday’s Academy Awards caught my attention in how they intersect with the orchestra field: equal pay for equal work and inclusion riders. Equal Pay and Equal Representation The pay discrepancy between Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams for reshoots on the film “All the Money in the World” made headlines when it became public that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million while Williams only earned an $80 …

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When It Comes To Engaging A Diverse Audience, Orchestras Have Nowhere To Go But Up

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With the increasing diversity of the overall population, failing to get ahead of the curve for non-white patron engagement is a sure-fire strategy for retrenchment. For more than a decade, the field has rung its hands over the graying of its audience (spoiler: it’s not that bad) when that time would have been better spent becoming more inclusive. Fortunately, the entire performing arts sector is doing a better job at taking …

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How Would You Define Diverse Programming?

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Pop quiz! Which of the following items is not an example of diverse artistic programming: Operas written by women. Operas written by minorities. Operas written by living composers. Operas written by dead white guys. Over the weekend, a friend’s Facebook post caught my attention when it pointed out some 2018/19 season announcement marketing copy from the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s website (emphasis is found in the original copy): We pride ourselves …

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We Live In Angry Times. Here’s Something Positive You Can Do About It.

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Here in Chicago, it’s difficult to miss the sharp uptick in the number of motorists laying on the horn; at times, it feels like being in New York City. For a genuine metropolis, Chicago has a remarkably relaxed populace and the lack of car horn deluge is one of those extra special perks. But times are changing and that benefit may be the latest destined for the memory scrapheap. In a …

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