8 11, 2013

Some arts institutions deserve to fail

Fri, Nov 8, 2013|Categories: Bookmarks|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Some arts institutions deserve to fail

From Wall Street Journal: High-culture attendance numbers have been shrinking for more than a decade. Even the New York City Opera wasn't too big to fail. But here's a thought: Could it be that some of these institutions should disappear? · Go to Some arts institutions deserve to fail →

14 06, 2013

The big five orchestras no longer add up

Fri, Jun 14, 2013|Categories: Bookmarks|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The big five orchestras no longer add up

From NY Times: A century or so ago, when classical music thrived in a nation of immigrants, orchestras were a powerful force, flagship institutions that helped to put American cities on the cultural map. And the Big Five, when it coalesced, helped, with its cumulative weight, to put American orchestras firmly on the international map. No other country could boast […]

6 12, 2011

Michael Kaiser: Every arts organization has a deficit

Tue, Dec 6, 2011|Categories: Bookmarks|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Michael Kaiser: Every arts organization has a deficit

From Huffington Post: I am always amused (disturbed?) when someone attached to a not-for-profit arts organization (usually a board or staff member) rationalizes an annual deficit with: "Every opera company/symphony/ballet company has a deficit."

Tell that to the Oregon Symphony, which has been in the black two years in a row. As reported in an illuminating article by Anne Adams in […]

23 11, 2011

Board members need training, too

Wed, Nov 23, 2011|Categories: Bookmarks|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Board members need training, too

From Michael Kaiser at Huffington Post: I have witnessed financial meltdowns of so many arts organization and can only imagine the scene in the board room: Typically different factions emerge. There are the 'arts lovers' who worry for the health and happiness of the musicians and the quality of the orchestra. This group is passionate about the mission of the […]

19 09, 2011

Engaging matters

Mon, Sep 19, 2011|Categories: Bookmarks|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Engaging matters

From Doug Borwick, Director of Arts Management at Salem College: The arts began as collective activity around the campfire, expressions of community. In a very real sense, the community owned that expression. Over time, with increasing specialization of labor, the arts– especially Western “high arts”– became distanced from the community. Today the survival of established arts organizations hinges on their […]

20 06, 2011

What if… we cast off our non-profit status?

Mon, Jun 20, 2011|Categories: Bookmarks|Tags: , , |Comments Off on What if… we cast off our non-profit status?

In honor of Theater Communications Group's 50th Anniversary, the performing arts service organization solicited "what if" manifestos for their upcoming annual conference. This "What if" is pointed in the direction of the the non-profit business model by asking what would happen if resident theaters abandoned up their non-profit status. · Go to What if… we cast off […]

7 01, 2011

There are no crises, only tough decisions

Fri, Jan 7, 2011|Categories: Bookmarks|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on There are no crises, only tough decisions

There are no crises in the arts – there are crises in arts organizations as they are currently constructed. Audiences are not shrinking, they are growing, but they are not necessarily interested in consuming all the art our member organizations produce. Between 1970 and 2010, the number of arts organizations grew from 2,700 to 27,000 but the number of people […]

16 11, 2010

What's an organization for?

Tue, Nov 16, 2010|Categories: Bookmarks|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on What's an organization for?

From Andrew Taylor: Too many of our current discussions about new business models and funding structures for arts and culture take it as a given that the organization is the appropriate frame of reference. How can we make arts organizations more vital, more responsive, more sustainable? As if the organization is some universal unit of measure, and always the best […]