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The Concert Experience Is Once Again A Hot Topic (and that’s a good thing)

The 2/21/2017 edition of the Wall Street Journal published an article by Terry Teachout (subscriber only) that examines some recent work by the California Symphony into attracting millennials. Specifically, the article touches on the orchestra’s efforts to identify reasons why new ticket buyers are discouraged from returning and, spoiler alert, they are mostly non-artistic. If all of this sounds a bit familiar, that’s because the California Symphony’s executive director, Aubrey Bergauer, was selected as one of two recipients for ArtsHacker’s 2016 Most Creative People in Arts Administration for her efforts to chronicle […]

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Keeping Tabs On Your Internet Speed

Budgets are tight enough already, the last thing anyone wants to do is pay for something a provider isn’t delivering. To that end, something every office has is an internet connection but it never surprises me to see how few actually test their connection speeds to confirm they are getting what they pay for. Granted, internet service providers (ISP) and their ability to deliver the connection speeds they promise have come a long way in the last few years, but it never hurts to confirm. And if your organization operates in a […]

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Culture Wars 2.0

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore rising pressure from government sources against arts and culture. The most noticeable example is the Trump administration’s attempt to disband the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), but there are more machinations afoot indicating increased interest in suppressing art and culture, especially if it is in any way deemed politically subversive. The 2/17/2017 edition of the Carroll County Times (MD) published an article by Emily Chappell that reports on a decision by Carroll County Public Schools to remove posters […]

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The Miserable Have No Other Medicine, But Only Hope…And Legislative Lobbying Action

With all the discussions intersecting arts advocacy and political action, it’s worth taking a closer look at the sort of lobbying activities 501(c)(3) nonprofits can participate. And since we’re talking about a topic that clearly crosses the threshold into legal waters, let’s be clear that the information provided here is not legal advice. The purpose of this post is to examine the topic and inspire consideration. You should always consult with an attorney who specializes in these areas before taking action. For some backstory, a reader posted a comment to an ArtsHacker […]

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It’s Share Your Favorite Music Librarian Anecdote Day

Over the past few days, I’ve had several mutually exclusive conversations with colleagues about music librarians. In each instance, we exchanged anecdotes where a well-trained and experienced music librarian saved the day. By saved the day, I mean the librarian either prevented a major performance related disaster, saved the organization fistfuls of dollars, or accomplished something of profound artistic accomplishment. Each of the conversations was uplifting in its own way so I wanted to invite readers to leave a comment about a time in your career where a music librarian made a […]

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