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Decoding the COVID-19 Stimulus Package: Q&A With Sibi Thomas

Recently, Jim chatted with Sibi Thomas to learn more about the stimulus package and how nonprofits, small businesses and live entertainment organizations can use the programs to weather this crisis. You can watch the full chat here, or read on for an excerpt of their conversation (which we’ll post in two parts). First, a bit about Sibi: He has over a decade of accounting, auditing, tax and consulting experience in the nonprofit industry. He serves on the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Entities...

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#MondayMotivation: Are You Offering “the Usual”?

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: Is the Future of Arts About Broadcasting? Michael Kaiser of the Kennedy Center speculates in this article about the future viability of regional and medium-sized arts organizations as producers of actual live entertainment. He doesn’t directly express an opinion, but he seems to be implying that the ability to broadcast performances (like the UK’s National Theatre or the Metropolitan Opera) will basically...

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#MondayMotivation: Leverage Your Larger Partners

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: Small Organizations Need Mobile, Too. Smaller organizations sometimes delay or skip important innovations because they’re small. They have less budget, staff or expertise. Consumer tastes and habits change, and because smaller organizations are generally closer to the customer, they know it. They see the changes and know what’s necessary, but often decide not to take steps to match that change...

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#MondayMotivation: The Future Is About Attention

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: You Can't Fill Your Stomach on Low-Hanging Fruit. If you’re standing under an apple tree, and you want one apple, you do the obvious thing: You take the apple that’s easiest to pick. You don’t climb the tree, risking your life and ruining your sweater on the branches as you get to the top. You take the low-hanging fruit. It’s an excellent...

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Small Organizations Need Mobile, Too

Smaller organizations sometimes delay or skip important innovations because they're small. They have less budget, staff or expertise. Consumer tastes and habits change, and because smaller organizations are generally closer to the customer, they know it. They see the changes and know what's necessary, but often decide not to take steps to match that change on the grounds that resources are limited. The mobile experience is a current example. Some smaller organizations have decided to skimp here. It's an understandable...

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#TBT: To Be or Not to Be

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: To Be or Not to Be. We’ve talked about organizations with long and storied histories on the verge of potentially catastrophic change. But as you might know, I see this time in our history [circa 2010] as not merely an especially nasty recession, but what I have been calling a ‘frame-breaking’ or a ‘remaking.’ I quoted Jeff Jarvis a few weeks ago as saying that we’re moving from the industrial age to...

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Selling Out With

Selling Out With … Joe Patti

Everyone wants "Butts in the Seats," which makes that phrase such as a fitting title for Joe Patti's blog. Patti, currently the Director of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University, presents his musings on practical solutions for arts management. He covers a wide range of topics, from contract law, marketing and human resources to grant writing and the philosophy behind ticket pricing. Here, we asked Patti to share his thoughts on the three biggest...

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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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Goldstar Turns 10 in Chicago

Goldstar is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Windy City. In his recent Chicago Business Journal feature, reporter Lewis Lazare writes, "Goldstar has developed a commanding presence in Chicago." Launched in in 2005, Chicago was the first market outside the western states for Goldstar. From working with 78 local venues and just over 8,000 registered users, we now have relationships with more than 1,000 member venues and performing arts organizations and more than 500,000 registered customers. Some of those venues and...

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#TBT: The War of Attrition

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: The War of Attrition. Via Thomas Cott, I came across this terrific piece from Rick Lester. Here’s the key tidbit: “Despite the eternal instinct to lay the arts community problem on a lack of 'new audiences,' this is simply not the case. The number of new people entering the arts ecosystem each year is enormous. During our five year study period, nearly two-thirds of all households in the combined database...

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