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#MondayMotivation: Breakthroughs Do Happen

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: No Breakthroughs Without Risks and Failures. London seems to be leading the way in shows that very actively engage all five senses. First, there was the fireworks show, and now there are the BitterSuite symphonies. It’s a classical concert that makes you smell, touch and taste things as part of the program. Lindsey Winship of The Guardian (UK) describes it like...

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News

The Top Factors That Determine If Your Venue Will Succeed or Fail

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine knows a thing or two about successful -- and unsuccessful -- restaurants. He's "spent the past five years attempting to save 140 failing restaurants across America for the Food Network show Restaurant: Impossible," reports Business Insider. In this post, he shares his top factors that result in a restaurant thriving or flopping. You can read them all here, and check out a few below that we think could apply to venues as well: "Customer service Terrible food spells doom...

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#TBT

#TBT: Designed to Fail

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Designed to Fail. I was talking to a new employee about failure and risk taking, and the point I was making was that while it’s true that failure proceeds success, there’s a certain kind of failure that I can live with and a certain kind I cannot. And I used a crazy metaphor to explain it. So crazy, I thought it just might be worth writing about … Suppose your goal were...

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#TBT

#TBT: Arrogance, Self-Delusion and Other Fine Qualities

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Arrogance, Self-Delusion and Other Fine Qualities. If you’re responsible for marketing live entertainment (or anything really), I want to give you some advice that this recent election has brought back to the forefront of your mind [This post was originally published on November 3, 2010]. Listen. People are taking action in the marketplace, and it is for a reason. These reasons can be complicated, mixed and unclear, but if you listen,...

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Experience

Quality Is What People Say It Is

Have you ever heard somebody say that a show was an artistic success, but not a commercial one? Sure, you have. Recently, I even read about a show that was described as a critical AND commercial failure, but an artistic success. What do you think about that? Is such a thing possible? Sure it is. Because quality is what anybody -- anybody at all -- says it is. That may sound absurd, but it's not. Here are a couple of stories that...

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P&L

The Strange Impulse to Euthanasia in the Arts

Every now and then, someone in the arts world says something like, “We should let the weak arts organizations die.” This is a recent example. My initial reaction whenever anyone recommends that somebody (or somebody’s organization) be made into a noble sacrifice for the greater good is, “You first.” Fire yourself and everyone you’re working with. Of course, the person who expresses these kinds of sentiments never thinks that he or she is part of the “weak.” Naturally. But once I’ve had...

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Experience

Why Lyricist Tim Rice Wants You to Fail

Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winning lyricist Tim Rice (The Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Beauty and the Beast) is very concerned. He thinks we live in a world where "everyone has to pass." According to this article by Hannah Furness for The Telegraph, he "worries about the lack of mistakes permitted in the modern day, in a culture where there is 'very little failure.'" Rice actually thinks failure is the best thing for some people (he failed the exam to...

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