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#FirstSevenJobs: Arts And Culture Edition

The Hashtag #FirstSevenJobs is beginning to make some viral momentum at Facebook and as fun as those can be, let’s take it one additional step and go with #FirstSevenArtsJobs. If you want to score Hearts instead of Likes, mention something positive about each experience. Box office staffer, usher, guest artist gopher, information booth attendant, and […]

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“It’s Smart, It’s Delicate, And It’s Diplomacy At Its Finest”

It is heartening to see the US Armed Forces actively push back against the proposed amendment from Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), and co-sponsors Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), to gut military music programs by cutting their funding. In addition to a host of public statements from military and civilian leaders inside […]

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An Update On The Efforts To Save Military Music

It’s time for an update on current efforts to help block proposed a funding amendment in the 2017 Defense Appropriations bill designed to gut military music programs. If you’ve been keeping up with what has been going on, you already know that the next step in the process was to get the amendment removed prior to […]

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As National Political Conventions Convene, Could The Culture Cold War Turn Hot?

The Culture Wars from the latter decades of the 20th century managed to produce an ugly scar across the public arts funding landscape and although public debate tempered, the struggle was far from over. But unlike the very public debate that raged across national media during the 1980s and 1990s, recent battle grounds have emerged […]

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Why Yes, You SHOULD Care About Military Bands

The 7/11/2016 edition of published an article by Sophie Lewis (h/t Joe Patti) that examines the value military bands add to the national cultural scene and why you should care that some in congress are attempting to all but eliminate funding for the entire program. Lewis’ article joins another exemplary piece of writing from […]

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Thinking About Security

Over the 4th of July weekend, one of my clients, Freeman Stage at Bayside, experienced a security concern that required rescheduling a concert. Fortunately, the group handled the situation wonderfully and their patrons have been nothing but supportive; even better, one of the two suspects is currently in custody (details). But this does remind everyone […]

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4th Of July Is Especially Important This Year

Typically, my 4th Of July posts wish everyone a fun and relaxing holiday regardless if you’re at home with family and friends or out working at one of the numerous live music events that make this particular holiday special. Some of the most prominent music ensembles working today are the US Armed Forces military bands […]

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Apple Plans To Bach-Block Your Live Event Recording

Your opinion on the pro/con smartphone camera use inside the venue argument may become moot if one or more of Apple’s recently granted patents makes its way into iPhones in the near future. In a nutshell, the patents detail the ability for the phone to receive infrared signal that will effectively disable or otherwise prevent […]

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