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Subsidized B2B Fees Or Non-Subsidized B2B Fees, That Is The Question

Recently, I spoke with David Hendricks from the San Antonio Express-News about some current issues at the San Antonio Symphony (SAS) and one fascinating topic that came up touched on something we’ve never discussed here. Specifically, should an orchestra be willing to accept a fee for fee based services that is lower than their out-of-pocket costs. In the SAS’ case, Hendrick’s article reports the musicians assert that the orchestra is losing potential revenue by charging local arts groups hiring the orchestra to provide live music for productions less than actual costs to […]

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New Cuts Equal Dark Weeks At The San Antonio Symphony

In what feels like a roller coaster that simply won’t end, the San Antonio Symphony (SAS) recently announced a new round of cuts via a reopener to its existing two-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which covers the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons. The only potential silver lining in the cuts is instead of making the reductions permanent by reducing base wages, benefits, or season length, stakeholders agreed to opt for a temporary forced three-week unpaid furlough for the 2016-17 season. Although exact details have yet to be released, an article by David Hendricks […]

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San Antonio CEO Spot Is Open (again)

According to an article by David Hendricks in the 7/31/2013 edition of MySanAntonio.com, the San Antonio Symphony (SAS) lost their latest CEO after not even three months into the gig. The SAS had a series of high turnovers in the top administrative spot following the organization’s bankruptcy in 2004 and they’ve given the top admin spot to executives from Coca-Cola to NASA as well as more traditional candidates. There’s no official word about why the most recent ex-CEO, Jack Downey, left but the article contains some quotes from SAS board chair Dennert […]

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San Antonio Settles While Jacksonville Gets Called Out

It seems that the San Antonio Symphony decided it was time to get out of the crisis pool and announced that musicians and management reached a settlement thereby ending a season of post-expiration contract purgatory. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra leadership found itself at the center of a scathing editorial by the Florida Times-Union. (more…)

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Chaos Is Good For Business

The month of September, 2012 was Adaptistration’s highest traffic month. I posted a tweet indicating the news over the weekend and it generated a wonderfully wry reply from Detroit Free Press music critic Mark Stryker: “Chaos Is Good For Business.” And the reality is that yes, by and large conflict draws more attention than good news but as I took a closer look at the metrics, I uncovered this fascinating gem: (more…)

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