The Latest Data Breach

You may have received a data breach notice from an arts organization that uses Blackbaud products. Long story short, Blackbaud was the target of a ransomware attack where the criminals managed to make off with some user data. The League of American Orchestras notified individuals in their database who may have had Personally Identifiable Information (PII) compromised. According to that email message, this included information “such as your physical and email addresses, …

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It’s Time For The League Conference And you Know What That Means…

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If you’re in Detroit for the 2017 League of American Orchestras conference, I hope you took the time to update your resume! Sure, the League conference is all about constituency meetings, plenary sessions, and panels but there’s no denying that at its heart, it’s a giant job fair. Consequently, it’s never a surprise to see a sharp uptick in listing frequency at Adaptistration Jobs in advance of each annual conference. There …

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“Crudely Worded Criticism” Brings Court Case To A Close (for now)

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It has been just over eight months since we last examined the court battle between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and their former principal oboist, Pierre Roy. After losing an arbitration over his dismissal, Roy sought to overturn the decision in federal court but according to an article by Dan Herbeck in the 2/16/2016 edition of the The Buffalo News, the judge refused to overturn the decision.

Service Organizations And Principles

There’s a fascinating article by Lee Rosenbaum in the 3/27/2014 edition of her CultureGrrl column where she discusses the decision by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) to denounce one of their members for selling off key items from their collection in order to pay for debts and build the endowment. According to Rosenbaum, the decision was prompted because the museum in question, the Delaware Art Museum (DAM), violated an AAM …

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Philip Kennicott Wrote Something You Need To Read


Philip Kennicott would like to have a word with you about the state of orchestras; more to the point, he’d like to have close to 4,000 words. Think of it as an orchestral version of The Ninety-Five Theses but replace indulgences with what is perhaps best summarized as new model artistic planning and you’ll start to get the picture. Published in the 8/25/2013 edition of, Kennicott, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize award …

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