Orchestra 990 Project Update: Kickstarter Launches Next Week

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More good news everybody! The remaining work for the Orchestra 990 Database Project is complete which means all we need to do is get the Kickstarter campaign material finished up, hook it into the required Amazon Payment system, and the fundraising can begin. In fact, the Adobe After Effects project for the promo video is rendering as I type. Thanks to everyone for the reward suggestions vis-a-vis our last project update, …

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The Orchestra 990 Database Project Update: HELP!

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Good news everybody, exploratory work for the Orchestra 990 Database Project is all done. The technical aspects are worked out and not only do we know it can be done, we also have a very firm idea of how much time and resources it will take; but there’s one thing that has us stumped so we need your help. Specifically, it is related to the Kickstarter campaign and here’s the part …

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Start Thinking About Making A Difference

Last Sunday, 116/2013, I had the pleasure of appearing on SoundNotion.tv and among the topics discussed were the value of transparency and the rise of the organized patron stakeholder group. On that topic, I gave the SoundNotion crew a head’s up about a new Kickstarter campaign I’ll be launching within the next month to raise funds for creating a new searchable orchestra 990 database. The segment where we discuss the project …

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The Orchestra 990 Database Project: Exploratory Poll

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Yesterday’s post about the potential for developing an online keyword search database for all professional orchestras produced a good deal of feedback, thanks to everyone who took the time to write in with your thoughts etc. As it stands, there was enough interest that the idea has been officially upgraded to the early stages of exploration. I have my development team from Venture looking into some the tech requirements and I’d …

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How Many Times Have You Wished This Existed For Orchestras

Just imagine how nice it would be to conduct a search for “music director” across all professional orchestra IRS Form 990s for the past decade. For now, it is still a dream but there’s an interesting article by Lucy Bernholz at PHILANTHROPY 2173 (h/t Thomas Cott) that examines a free offering from The Foundation Center that provides a searchable 990PF database, branded FDOfree. After a cursory bit of usage, it is …

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