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Pop Quiz: Contemporary Web Iconography

Icons are everyone online and although they’ve been an integral part of interacting with computers for decades, the use of icons has exploded within the last few years thanks to an increase in mobile devices that reply on symbols to not only help save space but encourage simple, predictable and user friendly interaction. To that […]

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One Month Into The Lockout And ASO CEO Is Already Out

On Saturday, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) CEO Stanley Romanstein erroneously announced that the ASO and its locked out musicians had entered federal mediation and by Monday morning, he was no longer the CEO. It is unknown if the mediation gaffe was grounds in and of itself for the shift in executive leadership or if it […]

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The Situation In Atlanta Continues To Degrade

In what has become one of the more confusing turn of events in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) lockout, the management released a statement on 9/27/14 @ approximately 9:00pm ET announcing that the organization and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association (ASOPA) have agreed to federal mediation. The statement was accompanied by a similar notice […]

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ArtsHacker Is Coming

Last month, I tossed out the idea of a new website designed to function like an arts manager version of lifehacker.com and posted a form to solicit feedback from arts managers out there interested in becoming contributors. The. Response. Was. Amazing. In short, ArtsHacker is so happening and we should have something up and running […]

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Can You Come Up With The Ultimate Orchestra Slogan?

Orchestra slogans can be a slippery slope, remember the dreadful Philadelphia Orchestra “Unexpect Yourself” campaign/slogan from 2010? But when they work, they can really stick and give a nice force multiplier boost to overall ticket sales, awareness, and good old fashioned buzz. To that end, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO) recently launched a social […]

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A Perversion Of Perspective

The public relations campaign in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) labor dispute is unfolding in an entirely expected fashion. The initial one-two combination punch came from the ASO in the form of concert cancellations followed by an infographic designed to reiterate their existing talking points. Perhaps unsurprisingly, both sides of a labor dispute tend to […]

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Negotiations Don’t Cancel Concerts, People Cancel Concerts

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has officially cancelled the next 47 days of concert events, through 11/8/2014. The official ASO statement asserts the cancellations are “due to negotiations between ASO management and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association (ASOPA) over a new collective bargaining agreement.” Unfortunately, that’s not terribly accurate since the mere act of […]

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South Willimasport Director Dismissed In Wake Of Spamalot Controversy

According to a 9/19/2014 article by Howard Sherman, the drama director at South Williamsport Area Junior/Senior High School in Pennsylvania, Dawn Burch, was fired from her position. If you’re just coming into this controversy, South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Junior/Senior High School administrators canceled an upcoming production of Monty Python’s Spamalot that Burch was set to direct […]

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