Commentary: A Question Of Just Cause For Discipline Or Discharge In Minnesota

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On Saturday, 12/2/17 the Minnesota Orchestra presented a concert featuring a guest artist known for writing music inspired by politics, his passion for opera, love, and family relationships. During the second half of the performance, the artist addressed the audience expressing concern over the recently passed GOP tax plan. Before his address to the audience was complete, the orchestra’s principal trumpet decided it offended his political sensibilities to such a degree …

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How Much Did That Meeting (Or Rehearsal Error) Really Cost?

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In 2007, I published an article with this very title so as to highlight a handy online tool designed to calculate the cost of meetings. Unfortunately, that tool faded away over time but something new from Harvard Business Review (HBR) has more than filled that void. HBR’s Meeting Cost Calculator is a wonderfully simple and effective tool to help calculate the labor costs related with meetings. I published an article at …

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Does Your City Have An Artist-Only Hotel?

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There’s a new hotel in London that’s garnering its fair share of press in that it offers affordable rooms and caters exclusively toward visiting artists (fine arts, music, theater, dance, etc.). Green Rooms is a 20 room not-for-profit hotel with adjoining space geared to artist needs (think rehearsal space, practice rooms, etc.) and the real kicker is the subsidized price means rooms begin at US$26 per night. Arts districts, which often …

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Improving The Musician Audition Process

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Before we dive too far into this rabbit hole of a topic, we should confirm that the apply-audition-award method that is the typical professional US orchestra process is perhaps best described as the “best bad option available.” This isn’t a post about reinventing the wheel, rather, it’s about looking under a few rocks to shed some transparency on an otherwise murky topic. For whatever reason, my inbox has been flooded as …

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When It Comes To Event Liability Insurance, Forewarned Is Forearmed

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One of the most common questions I get from cultural entrepreneurs looking to start up a chamber group or related artistic effort is why they need event liability insurance (assuming they know about event liability insurance to begin with). “Doesn’t the venue cover that?” They can, but most require renters to provide proof of insurance, but the good news here is obtaining event insurance isn’t as daunting a task as it …

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