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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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The Arts Advocacy Assembly Line

Let’s keep the advocacy trend going by taking a closer look at a broader cross-section of resources and tips to help all stakeholders contribute to arts advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal level. ArtsHacker published an article today by Sarah Marczynski that provides a number of resources to help you establish an effective arts advocacy assembly line to assist with planning campaigns, creating awareness, inspiring engagement and action, then sustaining that momentum. Don’t be one of those stakeholders who says “we’ve tried nothing and we’re all out of ideas.” Be […]

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Government Affairs Committee Action Item Friday

If your organization has a government affairs board committee (spoiler: it should) it has no shortage of action items to address. Here are few that should be on your radar. One item of note comes from a recent Opera America email urging members to contact their members of congress to “share stories about how the charitable deduction supports opera, community initiatives and jobs.” They even provide a link to a form letter with copy urging representatives to preserve existing charitable giving incentives. Another item comes from Guidestar, which published an article by […]

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You Mean I Can Get Paid To Be On Facebook, Twitter, And Instagram?

There have been several interesting listings posted at Adaptistration Jobs recently and one that stands out is a full-time position (with benefits!) for a Social Media Coordinator at Town Hall Seattle. It’s good to see arts organizations not only but embrace these positions as an integral part of successful marketing performance. In full disclosure mode, Town Hall Seattle is a client of mine but I can say with no reservations everyone I work with there is a delight. They provide their community with a unique mix of civic, arts, and educational programs. […]

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