Archive | August, 2004

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The Negotiation Process: Who Does What

Next in this series of articles, we’ll take a deeper look into “who” does “what” during the process. This installment of the “Negotiation Process” series will examine the answers to a common misconception about who does what during contract negotiations. Mary Lo from Washington wrote to ask, “Why do the musicians care about all of this if they just have a lawyer doing their negotiating anyway?” Mary has a typical idea about how negotiations operate; with a couple of lawyers sitting in a room hammering out details based on what their clients […]

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An Interview With David Lockington

I published an interview with David Lockington, the Music Director for the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra at my Neo Classical Column over at The Partial Observer. It's a great interview that covers issues ranging from stage fright, long range planning, to the future of the industry. You can find the article at:http://www.partialobserver.com/ArticleDisplay.cfm?ArticleID=1218
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Violin Turf Wars

Earlier in the week, I wrote about how the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra may very well have to submit their “Golden Age” collection purchased from Herbert Axelrod to a new appraisal and authentication process. In that article I briefly touched on the how the business of authenticating and appraising rare string instruments (violins, viola, and cellos) works in the music industry.  But today I’ll take a little closer look at that world and how the NJSO fiasco is has triggered a series of events that may very well end up playing out […]

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Loss Of Momentum

Among all of the gloom and doom talk mixed in with sunshine and rainbows there's an important conversation that doesn't get the attention it deserves in this industry.  I'm talking about the loss of momentum concerning fundraising on the board level. Now I seriously doubt anyone in this industry is going to accuse board members of not working to raise money for their orchestra.  But there's a fine line between working and working hard.  Being a board member is a thankless job that, when done properly, costs individual board members dearly. When [...]
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The Negotiation Process: Why Bother?

After posting the initial articles from for this series on the Negotiation Process, many Adaptistration readers wrote in wondering why orchestra musicians are part of an organized labor union. Sam from Golden, Colorado wrote in to ask: “I don’t really think of musicians like auto workers, why do they even have a union?” Not long ago, I asked a very similar question to, Len Leibowitz a veteran labor lawyer that has negotiated hundreds of symphony, opera and ballet musicians collective bargaining agreements.  Len also serves as the official counsel for ICSOM.  Len […]

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