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PODCAST: Producing Broadway Shows With Eva Price

Starting something new -- whether that’s a career, a business or a project -- can feel scary and daunting, especially taking that first step. But what happens if you do make the leap and then fail? Do you give up?  Eva Price, this week’s guest, went through that failure when she left her job in news and started producing shows. She shares her advice, and why she thinks failing was better for her in the long run than succeeding.  Eva Price...

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News & Noteworthy (Week of May 24)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em! Who's Funding "Highbrow" Arts? Mike Scutari reports for Inside Philanthropy that, "While the tech monied classes may be cool to the arts, other Bay Area funders have been stepping up over the past few years." He cites The Koret Foundation; the William...

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#TBT: The Herd Needs Thinning? You Go First (Cont’d)

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Thinning the Herd? You Go First (Cont'd). The “arts” are oversupplied. We’ve heard this before. There are, according to this thesis, too many organizations and the resources to support them are, therefore, spread too thin. Kill off the bad ones (we’ll worry about what we mean by bad in a minute), and then everyone will have plenty of money and the “arts” will be robust, and full of enterprising,...

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#TBT: Powerlessness Corrupts

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: Powerlessness Corrupts. I read that in a book by Rosabeth Moss Kanter about what happens when people in an organization begin to feel that they have no ability to influence events, or when they feel that the destiny of themselves or their organization are out of their control. (It’s also nicely summarized in this Harvard Business Review article, too.) That’s what I thought of when I read the collection of...

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Why Having Diverse Sources of Funding Equals Success

This is a fascinating story from the Globe and Mail about public theater funding in Canada right now. To summarize, the total amount to be given to theater organizations has been the same for several years, so the question is how to distribute it. One theory is give it to the big guys, who've proven they can use it. Another theory is give it to the new guys, who need it to get going and who can bring new vitality into...

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Experience

Orchestras Will Survive and Thrive By Putting Audiences First

Orchestras and classic rock have something in common: As we currently know them, their best days have passed. This just came up recently, but the topic has resurfaced in the form of the question, "Are there too many orchestras?" To which I once again say, wrong question. Here's a tidbit from the article that's worth noting: "Unlike Europe, where classical music is considered almost a ward of the state, North American musical life has always depended in large part on private...

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