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 Slippedisc.com to the tragic event shortly after the initial news was released. There […]
The poll from earlier this week asking readers to rate the level of economic conditions they believe will exist at their organization during the first year of a Trump presidency compared to where they are now generated just under 300 responses.
The 12/15/2016 edition of the Nashville Scene published an article by John Pitcher. The article reports that per the Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s (NSO) most recent audit, the organization posted a modest surplus. That, in and of itself, wouldn’t be breaking news but when taken into context with the previous year’s $732,000 deficit, the organization managed to increase revenue by just over $1mm. If you recall, during the 2012/13 season, the organization teetered on the brink of beleaguered status. They were dealing with the byproduct of predatory lending tactics from Bank of America […]
Typically, nonprofit performing arts organizations avoid politically charged topics at all costs but in what is perhaps a sign that times are indeed changing, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) recently announced it is cancelling a two-day set of concerts at Chapel Hill, N.C. “in response to that state’s House Bill 2 (HB2), a law which overturned protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals earlier this year.” The San Francisco Chronicle published an article on 12/12/2016 by Joshua Kosman that provides additional insight from SFS Executive Director Brent Assink, who assumed full […]
Shortly after the election, I published a post with a quartet of simple, yet crucial, areas you can channel your energy in a way that will not only serve shared missions, but continue being a positive example to those around us. Yesterday, Vu Le published an article with a much longer list at NwB that focuses on what he thinks all nonprofits need to do differently in that wake of what he calls a new reality. By and large, his points link back to a number of his ideas over the past […]