White House Proposes Eliminating NEA (again)

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Although it comes as no surprise, the White House has once again proposed eliminating National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Ideally, everything will unfold in similar fashion as it did during last year’s assault. Although President Trump has made it clear he thinks the Arts and Humanities are nothing but waste, it helps to remember that the previous GOP presidential candidate proposed the …

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Some Thoughts On Positive Change In The Wake Of the #MeToo Movement?

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Vu Le posted an intriguing article at NonprofitAF that provides some straightforward suggestions for what organizations can do and the nonprofit field as a whole should consider. We must examine power dynamics in the perpetuation of sexual harassment. We must create an environment that is safe for our staff, volunteers, and community members. Board members must understand their roles. We must be willing to lose donors, even major ones, who are …

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How Recent Changes To The US Tax Code Introduce Risk To Orchestra Labor Relations

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An article by Daniel Braden in the 2/11/18 edition of the Morning Call examines how recent changes in the US tax code will have a decidedly negative impact on orchestra musicians classified as employees (as opposed to self employed contractors). The author is a former tax consultant specializing in serving musicians and according to his analysis of the new laws, employee classified musicians are going to lose the ability to deduct …

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Mea Culpa Friday

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I know yesterday’s post teased up something special for today, but it turns out life had other plans and when faced with rushing to get out what I consider an important post, I decided to wait until Monday. I would like to acknowledge this by offering the following three-part apology: I acknowledge that even though I teased up a special post for today, it didn’t happen. It’s no fun to expect …

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#TBT Past Performance Is No Guarantee Of Future Results

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Today’s #TBT is really a prelude to tomorrow’s post about one of the dynamic ways recent changes to the tax code will impact the field of nonprofit orchestras. In order to get the most out of that post, it will help to have a broader understanding of how orchestras, as employers, offload what are normally costs of doing business onto employees. In its own ironic way, the field has been a …

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