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You Must Be This Smart To Enjoy This Music

Show of hands, who’s guilty of telling someone who doesn’t attend concerts regularly one piece or another is “too much” for a new listener? I certainly used to be that way. As a product of early 90s conservatory programs, the whole “great art” thing was practically spliced into our DNA. Fortunately, not all the professors bought into that nonsense and the seeds they planted ultimately grew into waking up one day to realize that stuff was just a bunch of bunk. How often do you get caught up in that trap? When […]

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When It Comes To Federal Funding, It’s Good For The Goose Only When Convenient

In the wake of yesterday’s vote to make Betsy DeVos the new Secretary of Education, I only have a short post today. It’s tough to miss the irony of a conservative majority Senate approving a Secretary who is such an inexorable backer of directing public money to private academic institutions (charter schools) when it also espouses the arts and humanities should survive based solely on demand based economics. The field will certainly push back against planned defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). […]

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Trump On The Arts & Humanities: You’re Nothing But Waste

Happy Inauguration Day. Well, not really since it turns out the new President has adopted a position that the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities are a waste and has recommended both departments be eliminated in 2017. According to an article by Alexander Bolton in the 1/19/2017 edition of The Hill, the incoming President is planning to propose a budget that eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. “The Trump Administration needs to reform and cut spending dramatically, and targeting waste […]

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Outreach Or Pandering?

One of the more sensitive yet pressing topics inside the field is how orchestras should go about creating stronger ties with their community and what does and does not constitute meaningful outreach. To better understand, let’s look at what might be best defined as one of the least effective examples where an orchestra will run an event in what they define as an “underserved” community or neighborhood. That’s usually code for areas populated by individuals and families in lower economic tiers and/or comprised of minority residents. Certainly, this is not a universal […]

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Here’s A New Year’s Resolution That’s Easy To Keep And Good For You

You don’t have to look very far to see that there’s plenty of anxiety throughout the field to go around. If history is any indication, we tend to have a hair trigger gloom-and-doom reaction when it comes to negativity (remember the economic downturn?). So much so, there’s always a risk of it evolving into self-fulfilling prophecy, but here’s a simple resolution that can help you not only avoid that bear trap but be a happier and more effective. 1) At the end of each day, write down one thing you’re grateful/thankful for […]

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