Archive | December, 2016

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The Most Creative People In Arts Administration

At the end of September, 2016 ArtsHacker introduced The Most Creative People In Arts Administration program, brainchild of ArtsHacker contributor Ceci Dadisman, and submission started rolling in shortly thereafter. Not only were applications full of detailed info the panel needed to deliberate, but the individualism and authenticity from each applicant was evident in each submission. Despite all the ups and downs over the course of 2016, it’s reassuring to know that the field has so many creative innovators. Each of their projects reaffirms the value of not only being creative, but knowing […]

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Pop Quiz: Which Gets More Funding?

It should come as no surprise that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is rarely more than a blip on the national budget radar but it never hurts to keep things in perspective so as to help inspire action and reaffirm commitment for improvements. To that end, composer Rob Deemer posted an article on his Facebook wall that examines United States Foreign Assistance allocations for 2014. He juxtaposed some of the funding levels to the NEA budget from the same year ($146 million) and I thought it would be fun to […]

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Quick Tips To Help Your Year-End Fundraising

We’re only three days away from the deadline for claiming charitable donations so I decided to put together three three tips via an article at on how you can use to maximize donations from procrastinating donors. 1Text Message: this is one of my favorites; according to IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions > When to Deduct > Text Message “Contributions made by text message are deductible in the year you send the text message if the contribution is charged to your telephone or wireless account.” If you don’t already have a text […]

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A Sad Day: More Than 60 Members Of The Alexandrov Ensemble Perish In Plane Crash

On Sunday evening (ET), 12/25/2016, more than 60 members of The Alexandrov Ensemble, also known as the Red Army Choir ensemble, perished in a plane crash when a Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-154 crashed shortly after takeoff killing all 92 passengers and crew. According to a New York Times article by Ivan Nechepurenko published on 12/25/2016, the members who died in the crash were among the ensemble’s best. Likewise, Norm Lebrecht has been doing a great job at posting numerous updates at to the tragic event shortly after the initial news was released. There […]

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Hope & Love

If you’re looking for a meaningful way to spend a holiday Monday, I highly recommend reading the latest installment in a series of articles from Chattanooga Symphony & Opera concertmaster Holly Mulcahy about a program she started to bring classical music into a prison. She wanted to see if the music could heal, change lives, and inspire; to that end, the latest article goes a long way toward demonstrating the inherent value of classical music and its potential as a positive and relevant tool to make better communities. What Prisoners Taught Me […]

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