Things Are Getting Tense In Baltimore

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with its musicians expired September 9, 2018 and it appears things are headed in a dark direction as negotiations have official gone public in the form of two musician press releases from 10/29/18 and 11/01/18*. The latter press release contained the musicians’ summary of the employer’s current offer: Reduction in weeks from 52 to 40. 17 percent deduction in salary. An undefined …

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#TBT Get The Most From Your Artist Representation

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For whatever reason, I’ve enjoyed a good bit of shop talk with a broader spectrum of colleagues than usual and one topic that came up on several occasions was artist management. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all the individual artists I spoke with felt their representation was underperforming. And while there was no shortage of gripes, there was plenty of silence when I asked about what they did to help define a provider relationship …

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Double Check That Sales Tax

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While most nonprofit organizations are also tax-exempt, that doesn’t mean all your current vendors have the necessary documentation to make sure you don’t inadvertently get charged sales tax. One big change in how all this works is the June 21, 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair that now requires most remote sellers (think email marketing providers, web providers, etc.) to begin collecting sales tax in certain states. It’s quite …

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Examining The Report to the Special Committee of the Board of Trustees of The Cleveland Orchestra

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Today’s article examines the Report to the Special Committee of the Board of Trustees of The Cleveland Orchestra. The report was the result of an independent investigation into sexual misconduct charges against former Concertmaster William Preucil and former Principal Trombonist, Massimo La Rosa. This review focuses on several of the report’s key findings. Scope of Investigation The introduction material does an excellent job at providing transparency about the firm that conducted …

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When It Comes To Sexual Misconduct, Are We Treating Symptoms Or Trying To Cure The Disease?

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The 10/27/2018 edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer published an article by Zachary Lewis that begins to examine some of the more profound questions following their decision to dismiss William Preucil and Massimo La Rosa for sexual misconduct. According to statements from the Cleveland Orchestra, the organization has adopted two measures from the investigation’s report: They established a telephone number “operated by an independent party to enable anyone associated with the …

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