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The Golden Age Of Orchestras & Operas Are At An End

If you’re the type of person who forms an opinion about an article by reading the headline, you may be disappointed with today’s post. This isn’t going to be a lengthy commentary on how the field is overbuilt, classical music is dying, and the only way to save the future is via wholesale slashing of […]

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Time To Update Your Passwords

It’s been more than a year since the last reminder which means it is high time to remind everyone to update your passwords, especially ones related to work at your arts org. Hacker activity hasn’t subsided since a big spike at the beginning of the calendar year and one of the most useful steps in […]

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If The Met’s Overgrown, It’s Not Labor’s Fault

Conductor Bill Eddins posted an intriguing article at Sticks And Drones on 7/15/2014 titled Dear Mr. Gelb… that examines the notion of The Met’s claims of being too big for its own good from a very different perspective. I won’t spoil it for you but Eddins has no problem pointing a finger squarely at the […]

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Likelihood To Donate Poll

Yesterday’s post examining the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) policy to obfuscate their music director compensation generated a great deal of intriguing discussion throughout social media. It was fascinating to wade through the different discussions, several of which focused on the impact something like this might have on a donor’s decision to support an organization. To […]

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The Death Of Ethics

Last week’s orchestra compensation reports produced one of the most troubling instances in its nearly decade long history by way of discovering the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) implemented a policy designed to obfuscate their music director compensation. Moreover, when asked about the compensation data, the DSO refused to release the information, even though their music […]

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Compensation Reports The Big Picture

2014 Orchestra Compensation Reports: The Big Picture

New for the 2014 Orchestra Compensation Review is the Big Picture overview of all stakeholder compensation. For the past two years, this has been one of the most requested features and I’m happy to provide it as part of this year’s reports. Consequently, in order to make room for all of the data, this post […]

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Compensation Reports Concertmasters

2014 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Concertmasters

Although the average concertmaster in the list of those reported experienced an average increase of 3.69 percent, that figure was skewed a bit by a handful of very large increases among a few of the top earners. For example, The New York Philharmonic’s concertmaster went from earning a reported $517,432 in the 2010/11 season to […]

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