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Arts Management

Happy Birthday, Harvey Lichtenstein!

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

Harvey was best known as the inspirational leader who turned the Brooklyn Academy of Music into one of the great arts institutions of the nation. Before becoming an arts manager, he was a dancer who collaborated with choreographers like Merce Cunningham, Eliot Feld, Bill T. Jones and Pina Bausch.

The Opening of the Smith Center

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.02.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

What is especially exciting is that the rationale for the Center has little to do with the millions of people who travel to Las Vegas every year to enjoy the hotels, gambling and shows for which Las Vegas has become famous.

The Challenges of the Napa Valley Symphony

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.19.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

The symphony was funded, to a remarkable extent, by one individual. When this philanthropist was killed in a car crash last year, the major source of funds for the symphony was cut off. No arts organization can rely on simply one donor, no matter how generous.

Taking Care of the Family

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.05.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While the family nature of not-for-profit organizations might seem like a liability, preventing rapid, decisive action, it is also a huge asset.

The Power of Financial Planning

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.28.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Organizations that devote time and energy to developing strategic plans must have the courage to imagine truly different futures. And the financial forecasts that should end every plan should reveal one aspect of this new tomorrow.

My Visit to the Museum of Chinese in America

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.22.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The Museum of Chinese in America provides a model and inspiration for all other organizations of color. While building an individual donor effort is not easy and takes time and discipline, it can be accomplished, even by a modestly-sized, culturally-specific museum.

YoungArts Week and Young Artists in America

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.14.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While not every child today has the opportunity to dance, act, sing or play an instrument, there will always be a group of extraordinary people who have a need to express themselves and the have ability to do so. We need to continue to provide vehicles for these young artists.

Advice to Fundraisers: Go West (and East and South)

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.07.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As country after country announces substantial cuts in government arts funding -- and the economic challenges the EU is now facing should only hasten this trend there -- the need to develop more sophisticated knowledge of fundraising techniques is only going to grow.

The Lesson of Follies

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.24.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When an arts organization has success with a high visibility project, more important artists are willing to collaborate on future projects. I am convinced that this will be one important legacy of Follies.

New York City Opera: A Cautionary Tale

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 03.18.2012 | Arts
Vivien Hoexter

Certainly, some of the opera's woes were a result of the recession, but the majority of them were self-inflicted. Here are some of the managerial lessons I derived from this operatic saga.

Managing Cash

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.18.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As with all aspects of fixing a troubled organization, celebrate successes. When the entire organization celebrates the shrinking level of vendor debt, everyone becomes more confident that solvency can be achieved.

Another Visit to Oman

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.10.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is truly no Eastern art or Western art or Asian art, etc. There is only art. And great art has the power to move us because great artists speak to us no matter what the language.

My New Year's Project: An Arts Management Treasure Hunt

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.04.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have spent the better part of thirty years trying to learn about the best in arts management practices and I frequently write about specific leaders and organizations that are doing great work.

What Happens After the Recession?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.11.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

People who think the arts ecology will return to what it was when the recession finally ends are setting themselves up for major disappointment. Those who do not prepare for a new world order are not acting in the best interests of their organizations.

Planning as Therapy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.04.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If your organization is suffering, try planning! You may find that things seem a lot brighter. And when we are happier with our prospects, this radiates to our ticket buyers, donors, board members and the press.

Every Arts Organization Has a Deficit

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.28.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

In the challenging economic times we live in, it is especially important to protect our organizations by insisting on earning surpluses and conserving cash.

Board Members Need Training, Too

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.07.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those arts patrons, corporations and foundations that care passionately about the future of the arts in America must encourage members of arts boards to seek the training they need and must invest in the training programs required.

City Center: A Remarkable History

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The ghosts of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey and too many others to name are hopefully still in residence, inspiring a new generation of artists to create great works.

Curate NYC Juried Exhibition and Online Showcase 2011

Anthony Papa | Posted 12.27.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

Curate NYC is back for round two. A citywide juried exhibition and online showcase, the project offers free curatorial reviews, public exposure and exhibition opportunities to New York City visual artists.

Fundraising: The Dilemma of Organizations of Color

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.24.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Individual donors are the bedrock of American arts funding, giving more than 60% of the money received. Yet the average African American, Latino, Asian American or Native American arts organization receives less than 10% of its funding from individual donors.

The Royal Opera House Muscat

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.11.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Do not be surprised if a decade from now some of the most interesting arts projects in the world are emanating from a nation that many of us could not identify on the map.

The Cycle as Insurance Policy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.03.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those organizations that mount important art, pursue aggressive marketing campaigns and build their families consistently, create an insurance policy against economic downturns and programmatic failure.

Returning to Kansas City

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.26.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

At a time when most cities are reducing investment in the arts, how refreshing it is to be in Kansas City where the arts are flourishing.

There Must Be a Leader

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.19.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those organizations willing to empower one such collaborative, creative, entrepreneur to lead the turnaround are a giant step towards solving their problems.

The New Season

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.12.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While very public debates about the value of arts funding rage in statehouses across America, we must remember that our communities need the arts now more than ever.