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Is There A Color Ugly Enough To Hurt Ticket Sales?

It is no secret that good color palettes implemented effectively can help sell tickets and inspire donations, but are there colors that can discourage revenue generation? According to research sponsored by the Australian government, the answer is “yes.” The Aussie’s want to discourage cigarette smoking and part of some recent government sponsored efforts include identifying […]

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There Was A Strike In Chicago?

In the early evening of Tuesday, 6/14/2016, Lawrence A. Johnson broke the news via an article at that the Grant Park Music Festival (GPMF) announced that they were cancelling their opening night concert on Wednesday, 6/15/2016 due to a musician’s strike. The Chicago Sun-Times and Tribune quickly confirmed but all of the reports were […]

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Orchestra Compensation Reports Are Right Around The Corner

Next week is the beginning of the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports, an annual series that examines the compensation trends among orchestra executives, music directors and concertmasters, at more than 65 professional U.S. orchestras. To date, the lion’s share of data entry is complete which means all that’s left is compiling the figures and preparing the […]

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Is Your Organization Planning An Orlando Memorial?

In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting tragedy, classical music organizations and artists are beginning to organize memorial events. Within the first day, I began hearing from friends and colleagues about ideas and efforts from full concerts to something small with a handful of musicians. Baltimore Sun Times music critic Tim Smith published an […]

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Attack Of The 50 Foot Ticket Bots

Ticket bots, programs used by unscrupulous ticket resellers to purchase large swaths of available tickets at lightning speed, are back in the news thanks to a sharp increase in predatory reseller tactics. Two articles in particular focusing on this problem are worth your time; the most recent is from the 6/7/2016 edition of the New […]

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What You Don’t Know Could Fill A Double Bass

There’s a fascinating article in the June, 2016 online edition of The Strad by double bass soloist, Gary Karr (originally written in 2014 for the magazine’s July print issue). It examines Karr’s frustration over the years working with conductors that knew too little about the double bass, or at least, less than they should in […]

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Is Your Group Keeping Up With Digital Marketing Trends?

Capacity Interactive (CI) recently published their fourth annual Arts Industry Digital Marketing Benchmark Study (h/t Thomas Cott) and some of their findings are worth noticing. Moreover, everything covered in the report is covered in one or more how-to articles at Here are some shortcuts to help you drill down into what’s important. Last but […]

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