Archive | November, 2014


Time To Binge Read ‘Who’s Minding The Score?’

It has been 21 months since Paul Dixon inked the final entry in his weekly cartoon Who’s Minding The Score?, which chronicles the behind the scenes governance of the fictional Ft. Fitzer Philharmonic (FFP). Although it may come across as using absurdist humor to parody the complex issues related to contemporary orchestra governance, anyone with some insider perspective can pick out the strong threads of realism. In the end, that’s what really makes the cartoon a classic is its endearing characters and always sharp wit. It doesn’t matter if you were a […]

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Whoever Said Musicians Are Lazy Never Met This Guy

Here’s a little something today for anyone looking for some good news. National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) principal trombone, Craig Mulcahy, recently underwent rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder which will leave him without the use of that arm for anywhere from three to six weeks. Although that’s usually enough to get any good musician down, Mulcahy decided to figure out a meaningful solution for practicing. If you’ve ever watched a trombone player in action you’ve probably figured out by this point that the loss of an entire arm is pretty much […]

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Is Your Group Doing Something For Black Friday?

The onslaught of Thanksgiving shopping days are at hand: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. By this time last year, my inbox was flowing with promotional offers from performing arts organizations but this year is a comparative trickle which makes me wonder if the timing has shifted or if arts groups are scaling back this season. Perhaps performing arts orgs need to get on the radar of deal tracking sites, most of which focus their efforts on stuff as opposed to experiences or perhaps it is time for a performing […]

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Design Project Relationships

The One Decision That Could Save Thousands On Your Next Web Redesign

The 11/21/14 edition of published an article by Paul Boag titled Why You Should Include Your Developer In The Design Process that is an absolute must-read for any arts organization considering a web redesign project. I’ve been trying to write about this very topic for months now but it always ended up on the backburner because it lacked a certain level of conciseness; fortunately, Boag had no such trouble. Ever since arts orgs started publishing websites, I’ve witnessed groups waste thousands of dollars per project in unnecessary development overruns and endure […]

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