Are Ethics A Lost Cause In The Orchestra Field?

The 10/26/2012 edition of the Nonprofit Quarterly published an article by Woods Bowman titled Nonprofit Accountability and Ethics: Rotting from the Head Down which examines the current state of nonprofit accountability, governance, and responsibility. Although applied to the broader nonprofit field (with particular attention toward charitable nonprofits), key elements from Bowman’s article can be applied to the orchestra field. In the wake of recent and ongoing stakeholder disputes in orchestras such …

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A Bad Idea In Any Economic Environment

The Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article on 9/7/2012 by Graydon Royce that reports details from a revised St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) proposal. Although it appears that both sides seem to sauntering toward some middle ground, one aspect of the latest SPCO proposal jumps out in that they want to create a two tier pay system for musicians: $62.5k/yr for existing members and $50k/yr for incoming musicians.

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Nonprofit Ethics In Academia

In an effort to expand on last week’s Ethics and Internal Culture article, it seemed reasonable to consider how the issue of executive ethics is addressed within the field of arts administration degree programs. And if you need some insight from that corner of the business, one of the best sources is Andrew Taylor; Director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, an MBA degree program and learning center in the Wisconsin School of Business.

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Ethics And Internal Culture

There’s a fascinating op-ed piece in the 3/14/2012 New York Times by Greg Smith, the former Goldman Sachs executive director and head of United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The author pours out his heart about the erosion of ethics and internal culture within the infamous firm since he joined 12 years ago (H/T Bruce Hembd), and it got me thinking about similar issues inside this business.

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The Trouble With Talking About Pensions

Although I don’t usually publish back to back articles linking out to posts elsewhere, there is another terrific contribution at Sticks And Drones you really need to read. But this one is from the blog’s co-author, conductor Ron Spigelman. His article addresses the enormously sensitive issue of pensions and ethical obligations.

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