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Easier Gigs

The 1/24/2017 edition of the Wall Street journal published an article by Charles Passy that examines the decision by New York Philharmonic president Matthew VanBesien to depart his position in favor of taking a position as president of the University of Michigan’s University Musical Society. VanBesien is the latest orchestra CEO to exit for an academic post. Recent examples include Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Trey Devey leaving for a position at the Interlochen Center for the Arts (beginning 2017) and in 2014, STL Symphony’s former president, Fred Bronstein, taking a position at the Peabody […]

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Let’s Be Friends

A few months ago, I made a big switch from using traditional comments to a system powered by Facebook. At the time, I mentioned this switch was an experiment in progress and now that we’re several weeks in I can say that it will be the ongoing standard for the foreseeable future. Since making the switch, a several readers who used to leave comments anonymously over verified likelihood of suffering retaliation if they used their real name. Know that I do feel for your situation and am sad to see this being […]

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New Year, New Gig?

If you haven’t been to Adaptistration Jobs lately, you’re missing out on a flood of new listings; in fact, there are ten new listings alone in the last three days! There’s even a Featured Listing for a newly created position at California Symphony, Director of Patron Loyalty, which just happens to be the group where one of the recipients for ArtsHacker’s Most Creative People In Arts Administration, 2016 serves as executive director. So you have the potential for a new gig loaded with that brand new job smell and work with one […]

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If You’re An Arts Org Executive, You’ll Want To Read This

Make no mistake, it’s wonderful to see a staffer or manager nominate his/her executive; in fact, the panel ended up selecting two very deserving executives as recipients. Having said that, it was difficult not to feel somewhat dismayed when there wasn’t a single executive who felt compelled to nominate an employee’s creative and successful project. Ideally, the 2017 program will see a healthy mix of submissions but until then, I want to challenge every executive who reads this blog to take a moment and think about the ways you recognize your employees. […]

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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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