The Latest #MeToo Installment

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What more is there to say about #MeToo revelations other than cautioning against becoming numb. To that end, the 8/13/2019 edition of the Associated Press published an article by Jocelyn Gecker that reports on allegations from multiple accusers that Placido Domingo would “pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances.” The extensively researched article does a good job at …

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The Latest #MeToo Accusation Turns Into A Lesson On How Not To #PR

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The 7/25/2019 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer published an investigative article by Tricia L. Nadolny and Peter Dobrin that reports on alleged sexual assault at the Curtis Institute against a minor by a renowned violin teacher. To make matters worse, the victim alleges the school’s leadership actively buried her allegations then belittled the accuser. The Inquirer sums it up in one of the most concise and descriptive headlines I’ve seen on …

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Singer/Educator David Daniels and University Of Michigan Face Increased Scrutiny

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In August 2018, allegations about countertenor David Daniels drugging and raping a fellow singer in 2010 broke in an article from the New York Times. Since then, Daniels took a leave of absence from his tenured position at the University of Michigan and last week, additional news broke of new allegations against Daniels during his work at UM. According to an article by Gus Burns in the 7/17/19 edition of MLLive.com, …

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Disrupting Musician Employment Agreements

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In her 2015 book, Reinventing Dell: The Innovation Imperative, Heather Simmons, former Dell General Manager and Executive Director of Marketing from 1992-2005 wrote “Those who disrupt their industries change consumer behavior, alter economics, and transform lives.” I couldn’t agree more, but even though disruption inside the classical music field is a tall order, it shouldn’t preclude us from looking for opportunities. As someone who has worked for more than two decades …

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The Latest #MeToo Allegations Result In Music Director Resignation At Bozeman Symphony

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Multiple news outlets have reported Bozeman Symphony Music Director, Matthew Savery, has resigned amid allegations of “bullying, harassment, mistreatment, discrimination and inappropriate behavior.” According to an article by Rachel Leathe in the 2/1/2019 edition of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, allegations were presented to the orchestra’s board in a letter dated 1/23/2019. The letter contained 14 signatories that included former and current musicians, staff members, and donors. A copy of the letter …

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