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Win-Win Friday: Elevating Hiring Practices

It’s no secret that finding qualified applicants for incredibly demanding positions within the ranks of middle and entry level orchestra administration is no simple task but are we making this already difficult task even more difficult thanks to unrealistic expectations or failing to use applicable criteria? Joe Patti posted a terrific article on this topic […]

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Ack! Early-Bird Registration (AND DISCOUNTS) For #NAMPC 2105 End This Friday

The early bird deadline for the 2015 NAMP Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah is right around the corner; this Friday, August 28th to be precise, so if you haven’t registered already then get in gear or you’ll miss out on those sweet early bird discounts. As mentioned back in May, I’ll be leading a session titled Click. […]

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Stepping Up The Nonprofit CRM Challenge

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems seem to be a popular topic this season; in July, 2015, Nonprofit Quarterly ran an article that discussed the rabbit hole that is evaluating and identifying CRM proposals (which we examined here) and the 8/12/2015 edition of published an opinion piece by a CRM CEO lamenting the lack of […]

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Not Only Will Live Symphonic Music Get You Laid, But Your City Is Crap If You Don’t Have An Orchestra

In a recent interview with The Evening Standard’s David Smyth, singer-songwriter Ben Folds recently expanded on his previous sentiments that live orchestra concerts are an ideal vehicle to maximize verbing the adjective noun by declaring “there are two kinds of cities: those that have symphony orchestras and those that are crap.” There are two kinds […]

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Chicago’s Latest Tourism Ad Is A Stark Reminder About The Importance Of An Effective Government Affairs Committee

TimeOut Chicago published an article by Clayton Guse on 8/21/15 that examines a 15 minute city tourism from 1977 juxtaposed against a 2015 counterpart. Granted, if the only media from the 70s era to survive the millennia is the “Chicago Is” ad, future humans will have a superb idea of what that time period was […]

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Binghamton Cancels Opening Concert. Reasons Unclear.

The latest labor dispute to cancel scheduled 2015-2016 concert event activity transpired this week at New York’s Binghamton Philharmonic. The orchestra’s board made the decision to cancel their opening concert after failing to reach a mediated agreement with musicians for a new collective bargaining agreement after the previous agreement expired on 5/21/15. The orchestra’s FY2012 […]

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ICSOM’s Conference Sidesteps Equal Pay For Equal Work And Substitute Parity

Toward the end of summer, the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM), a players’ conference within the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) that represents over 4,000 regularly employed orchestra musicians from 52 professional US orchestras, holds its annual conference and this year’s event is in Philadelphia from 8/26/15 through 8/29/15. Traditionally, ICSOM conferences are […]

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