Atlanta Ballet Introduces The Time is Now: The Campaign for Atlanta Ballet

Following a successful first performance season under new artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin, Atlanta Ballet announces The Time is Now: The Campaign for Atlanta Ballet – a fundraising effort in 2016-17 that will allow Atlanta Ballet to grow its needed resources and to enable its goal to be one of the premier ballet companies in the Read More …

Kudos to the team at La Jolla Playhouse

A wonderful article in a National Endowment for the Arts magazine, just appeared about the amazing La Jolla Playhouse: https://www.arts.gov/NEARTS/2015v2-nea-50-shaping-americas-cultural-landscape/broadway-beach Kudos to the team at La Jolla Playhouse where Steven Libman served as the Managing Director from 2005 – 2008.

What does a great plate of charcuterie have to do with the arts?

Recently my wife and I ordered a charcuterie plate a local restaurant; we love charcuterie and often begin meals with an order, taking our time to savor the flavors as we enjoy a wonderful glass of wine. We even fancy ourselves connoisseurs of these delicious meats, often served with toasted bread, mustards, fruit spreads. It’s Read More …

Why Arts Education cannot function without Art

So often we hear that donors will fund “arts education “or “outreach”, because those important components touch the lives of children, often economically disadvantaged youth.  And it’s true – these programs should be essential to the mission of any non-profit arts organization. But how often do we hear the contrary position: donors do not want Read More …

What is sustainability? A huge Illusion

So often non-profits hear from institutional funders that they want the organizations they support to magically reach what they call “sustainability”. I’ve been in the non-profit performing arts world for over thirty years and I have no idea what sustainability means. I believe that what our well-meaning funders really mean by “sustainability “ is, “Please Read More …

Stop fighting the increase in overtime pay

It’s amazing. The President of the United States, Barack Obama, has proposed increasing the base pay which would qualify an employee to receive overtime compensation. And members of the non-profit community are fighting this! Why? The rate has only been increased once in the last 39 years! Raising the base from $23,600 to $50,440 will Read More …

How the Arts made the GDP Sexy?

Well in case you have not heard, the Bureau of Economic Analysis within the United States Department of Commerce has released a major study which for the first time provides an analysis of the Arts and Cultural Sector’s contribution to our Gross Domestic Product. And the results are amazing. In 2012 the arts and cultural Read More …