Archive | September, 2013


Decision Day In Minneapolis (Update 4:45pm CT – Carnegie Dates Cancelled)

Today marks the deadline for whether or not Osmo Vanska will continue as the Minnesota Orchestra Association’s (MOA) music director. Over the weekend, the musicians unanimously rejected the MOA’s latest offer, which retained the employer’s primary goal of reducing musician expenses by 25 percent; the only change in the recent incarnation was instead of instituting the cuts immediately, they would be reduced over a three year period. Whether or not the slew of work rule related changes were modified is unknown; neither the MOA nor the musicians released any details on non-monetary […]

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The Orchestra 990 Database Project: Exploratory Poll

Yesterday’s post about the potential for developing an online keyword search database for all professional orchestras produced a good deal of feedback, thanks to everyone who took the time to write in with your thoughts etc. As it stands, there was enough interest that the idea has been officially upgraded to the early stages of exploration. I have my development team from Venture looking into some the tech requirements and I’d be grateful to all of Adaptistration’s readers if you’d take a moment for a short poll (and we do mean short). […]

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How Many Times Have You Wished This Existed For Orchestras

Just imagine how nice it would be to conduct a search for “music director” across all professional orchestra IRS Form 990s for the past decade. For now, it is still a dream but there’s an interesting article by Lucy Bernholz at PHILANTHROPY 2173 (h/t Thomas Cott) that examines a free offering from The Foundation Center that provides a searchable 990PF database, branded FDOfree. After a cursory bit of usage, it is clear to see that FDOfree is an enormously useful offering and it left me feeling wistful that nothing similar exists for […]

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We Owe It To Ourselves To Be Better

Joe Patti published a spectacular article on 9/18/2013 titled Drama Is A Choice that, among other things, examines the long term impact of becoming conditioned to operating in high drama environments. He suggests that even though there are no shortage of reasons why arts groups are operating in extended crisis management mode, that doesn’t mean some of it isn’t brought on by choice. Patti’s post reminded me of an article I published nearly a decade ago titled Seeing Past The Anger that examined how managers can actively filter out unnecessary drama. The […]

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