Selling Out

“People who focus on making a profit through their art are selling out.”  That’s a fairly common belief espoused by some aspiring artists.  Here are a few other variations: “Artists who focus on marketing are selling out.” “Artists who change what they do just to appeal to bigger audiences are selling out.”     As pure and...

Audience Engagement Strategy – New Music, New Presentation!!!

Conventional wisdom argues that audiences only like the familiar.  They’re only interested in concert experiences where they can hear the music they already know and love.  This mindset is certainly embraced by most booking agents, presenters, and orchestra programmers. My experience indicates otherwise.  People seem to love the new. ...

An Exciting Approach to Arts Entrepreneurship Education

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to visit Millikin University, a small liberal arts college in Decatur, IL.  While there, I was delighted to learn about their unique and (as far as I know) unprecedented approach to arts entrepreneurship.  The model in place illustrates one powerful way universities can support a culture of...

The True Power of the Performing Arts

Please enjoy this passionate and bold look forward by arts administrator and live-theater fan Ben Cameron as he looks at the state of the live arts.  The central question: How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet? Ben Cameron is the Program Director, Arts, at the Doris Duke Charitable...

Should I Start a Nonprofit?

by Daniel Wood First off, I have to confess that I’m not a lawyer.  I was the jury foreman once, but don’t think that counts.  So please don’t take my advice and quote me in a court of law.  They would probably laugh anyway.  However, I did start a not-for-profit performing arts corporation in California and have acted as its executive...

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