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The First Rule Of Survival Is Surviving

Violinist Holly Mulcahy published an intriguing article at Inside The Arts on 4/13/2014 that focuses on how musicians can improve their own survivability by learning how to eat better while simultaneously saving money and wasting less. And even though she approaches the process from the perspective of helping her fellow musicians, everything she covers is […]

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The Heartbleed Bug: Check Your SSL Certificates

News of the Heartbleed bug has made the rounds throughout mainstream media and if would appear that the internet is coming to an end; fortunately, it’s not that bad. But Heartbleed is an insidious bug albeit focused only on a certain aspect of your website and here’s what you need to know to make sure […]

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“People, this will get you laid”

Today’s title is a quote from singer-songwriter Ben Folds who was describing a live orchestra event. Originally published in the 4/9/2014 edition of the Riverfront Times, the article’s author, Allison Babka, interviewed Folds about an upcoming St. Louis Symphony Orchestra appearance. “It’s the best place to take anyone on a date. It’s perfect,” Folds insists. “It’s […]

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A Curious Start To The Met Negotiations

Given the mountain of negative publicity surrounding contentious labor negotiations at nonprofit performing arts organizations, it would seem that effort to avoid conflict within a broader volatile environment would be paramount for all parities. Nonetheless, The Metropolitan Opera (The MET) negotiations with three of its larger labor unions (orchestra musicians, singers, and stage crew) seems […]

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How Much For The Valkyrie?

It is day 2/3 for my top secret client work here in NYC so another quick post today inspired by a recent article from Joe Patti at Butts In The Seats on category names for giving levels. Patti wonders about the potential value in branching out from the tried and true category names associated with […]

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Where On Earth Is Opera San Diego?

I’m in NYC for day 1/3 for some top secret client work; as such, just some pointers today to make sure you’re paying attention to the unfolding saga that is the San Diego Opera (SDO). The 4/6/2014 edition of the San Diego Union Times published an article by James Chute that reports that SDO General […]

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Service Organizations And Principles

There’s a fascinating article by Lee Rosenbaum in the 3/27/2014 edition of her CultureGrrl column where she discusses the decision by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) to denounce one of their members for selling off key items from their collection in order to pay for debts and build the endowment. According to Rosenbaum, the […]

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