LA Musicians Get Political

While it isn’t unusual for national unions to endorse presidential candidates (the American Federation of Musicians endorsed Hilary Clinton in 2016), it isn’t common to see AFM Locals to endorse a candidate. The 2/12/2020 edition of Variety published an article by Chris Willman that reports AFM Local 47, which represents Los Angeles area musicians including those from the LA Philharmonic, endorsed Bernie Sanders for president. In making the announcement, the union…acknowledged that …

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A Nonprofit RFP Portal Is Officially In The Works

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Thanks to everyone for taking the time to submit your interest in a Request For Proposal (RFP) resource site that nonprofit arts and culture orgs could use, free of charge, to post RFPs and solicit bids from providers that specialize in nonprofit orgs. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and in great enough numbers to justify the effort. As such, I’m happy to announce that it’s officially in development with a target launch …

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Stop The Comment Noise

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WordPress is great…until it isn’t. The good news is most of those shortcomings are pretty easy to work with if you know your options. Moreover, most of them tend to be holdovers from the days when WP was primarily a blogging platform. Case in point: comments. For most orchestras using WordPress as their publishing platform, the comment functionality is a pretty low priority if not entirely unnecessary. But there it is …

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For The Fourth Straight Year, White House Proposes Gutting Arts Funding. Here’s What You MUST Do About It.

Trump: Get The F!ck Out

It’s easy to get lulled into compliance and think that just because the White House has been waging an unsuccessful war on gutting arts funding, that we can let the resistance slide. Opera America gets the award for the first service org to send out an action alert to constituents warning about the proposed 2021 budget and the Trump administration’s desire to completely eliminate: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) …

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Lemons to Lemonade

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In the wake of last week’s post examining how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting arts and culture organizations, there are some instances of turning lemons into lemonade. The 2/6/2020 edition of the Boston Globe highlights how the Boston Symphony is redirecting the time it would have been on tour in China to a series of community based events. …players are heading out into the community for a series of pop-up chamber …

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