Get Empowered!

Yesterday’s post referencing the Take A Friend To The Orchestra program ended up inspiring me to take a spin through some of my favorite contributions. For readers who have joined since after the program went into stasis after 2013 but for nine years’ prior, the Take A Friend To The Orchestra project featured more than a dozen critics, bloggers, musicians, classical music enthusiasts, and administrators writing about how average patrons throughout the country can invite friends who don’t regularly participate in live music events to a performance in your area. Although every […]

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Forget Walking A Mile In Their Shoes, Try A Stream Of New Concertgoer Inner Monologue

There’s an entertaining and thought-provoking article in the 1/7/2017 edition of The New Yorker by Kirk J. Rudell that provides an exclusive broadcast of his inner monologue as a first-time concertgoer. There is no shortage of amusing entries in his attendee stream of consciousness but the entire exercise reminded me of a Take A Friend To the Orchestra project from 2005 that featured taking a first timer concertgoer to his first event then talk through the experience the next day live on the radio. The idea was the brainchild of WNYC’s John […]

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Buried Treasure Monday

If you’ve ever had to modify a large number of image files you know the pain of opening and editing each file one by one. Fortunately, if you’re Adobe Creative Suite user, there’s an easier method to the madness and although you might be tempted to look at Photoshop’s batch processing tools, the app you really want to open is Fireworks. I published an article today at ArtsHacker that provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the hidden gem that is Fireworks’ batch processing tools. They’re super easy to use and will […]

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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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Don’t Ask Me How I’m Doing If You Don’t Really Care

I’m going to steal something today from Joe Patti; specifically, his post from 1/3/2017 where he shares some insights from serving on the evaluation panel from ArtsHacker’s Most Creative People In Arts Administration. In his post, Patti dives into the deep end of one submission that ultimately tied for top honor: Aubrey Bergauer’s blog at California Symphony. One of the posts that struck Patti is one that caught my attention as well but I promptly forgot to reference it in my post about the recipients from 12/30/2016. I’ll let you gather the real […]

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