In The Game Of Executive Musical Chairs, Philly Can’t Find Someone To Sit Down

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At a time when both the LA Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced new CEOs within the span of one day, the Philadelphia Orchestra continues to be vexed by finding someone to fill their top executive gig. On the other side of that coin, Philly may have pulled out the chair for one or more candidates only to see them walk away. In another context, the timeline for all three …

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Three Terrifying Things Arts Managers Never Want To Hear Before Breakfast

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I’m not too proud to deny today’s headline is right from one of Lisa Hirsch’s recent posts at Iron Tongue of Midnight. Having said that, it inspired me to write a little something based on very real events, however, names and places have been changed. 1) “Good morning Herr Schmidt, I wanted to let you know we finished up the electrical for the musician housing ahead of ahead of schedule but …

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Big Budget CEO Openings: One Down, Two To Go

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The San Francisco Symphony recently announced that Mark Hanson has been appointed as their new Executive Director (ED). Wasting no time, Hanson is officially reporting for the new post on September 1, 2017. Fun fact: Hanson will be the SFS’s first executive leader from outside the organization in 39 years. Peter Pastreich served in that role from 1978-1999 and the organization’s previous ED worked as his General Manager from 1990-1994, then …

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The Executive Shuffle Is In Full Swing

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The executive revolving door at the largest budget orchestras has been working overtime this season. Here at the tail end of the 2016/17 season, we’ve seen more than half of the CEOs at the Big 8 orchestras vacate their post. First up was San Francisco Symphony, where long time Executive Director, Brent Assink, started off the season announcing he would be stepping down at the end of the season. Shortly thereafter, …

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Who are you callin’ cootie queen, you LINT LICKER!

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As an executive figurehead for an arts organization, there’s a time to be relaxed and approachable and a time to keep it classy. Not too far in the recent past, that was a comparatively easy task but in the age of social media, you’ll need to step up your game. Case in point, Holly Mulcahy recently published an article at Neo Classical about public perception and first impressions. I won’t spoil …

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