Archive | April, 2014

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Declassified

It isn’t often that I get to talk about some of my more clandestine projects but today is a happy exception; in particular, this project covered the trio of days I was away earlier this month in New York City. And now that Opera America (OA) has announced their Building Opera Audiences Grants recipients, it is safe to mention that I had the honor of serving on the grant panel. Without a doubt, this was one of the most fulfilling grant panels I’ve had the pleasure to participate; the entire process from […]

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More Rhetoric In The Met’s War Of Words

The 04/28/2014 edition of Deutsche Welle published an article featuring an interview with Metropolitan Opera (Met) General Manager, Peter Gelb. The interview was conducted by Gero Schliess and although not terribly long, it turns up the fire on an already heated labor dispute. Gelb’s key talking points include: The need for permanent cuts isn’t due to executive mismanagement. The failure to meet revenue goals is due to a “cultural and social rejection of opera as an art form.” The Met’s current donors are “suffering” from giving too much for too long. Union […]

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SDO’s Campbell Is Out But Not Gone

The San Diego Opera (SDO) is one step closer to defusing the self-destruct mechanism triggered by its recently departed executive board members and General and Artistic Director and CEO Ian Campbell. In a 4/25/2014 press statement, the SDO announced that Campbell and Ann Spira Campbell, SDO Deputy General Director (and Ian Campbell’s ex-wife), have been placed on paid leave and that SDO Executive Director Keith Fisher has been moved into the position of Chief Operating Officer. The SDO also kicked off an official emergency fundraising campaign to raise $1 million by 5/19/2014 […]

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How To Avoid Getting Caught With Your Pants Down In The Wake Of Neutered Net Neutrality Rules

Big news yesterday on the Net Neutrality front and none of it is any good. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has plans to implement a new set of rules that will allow internet service providers (ISP) to begin charging for different tiers of service; which all but guarantees nonprofits will be doomed to having their content delivered to site visitors at slower speeds than a mainstream site that will be able to afford the premium fees, like Amazon.com. In a public statement, the FCC said the new rules provide that “broadband providers […]

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Guest Post: Musician Travel Problem Solving

When I first started using Twitter, I was drawn to musicians. I didn’t understand this new platform, but I had learned from experience with Facebook in college that it would take time to understand how best to use emerging social media platforms to promote the organizations I was working with. In the meantime, I knew that I loved music, and wanted to learn more about what was going on in the world. Over time, a pattern emerged. Among the other themes that concerned people – economic changes, cultural trends, etc – one […]

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