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Arts Managers

What Makes a Plan Strategic?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While many arts institutions may have the same general goals (sell more tickets, raise more money, etc.) the path to achieving these goals will differ markedly from one organization to another.

Financial Literacy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.02.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Too many arts managers are not comfortable with financial concepts and data. They can create an operational budget that adds up correctly, but have little knowledge of the workings of the stock and bond markets, the implications of interest rate movements, or of recent economic activity.

Shooting Yourself in the Foot

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.09.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have tremendous sympathy for arts organizations that are facing fiscal challenges. But it is difficult to feel much sympathy for an organization that causes its own demise by failing to fill out basic paperwork.

What I Want for Christmas

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I do hope we can bring together managers, musicians and board members from orchestras large and small and begin a coherent, comprehensive, solution-focused discussion on how we are going to maintain and build this vital sector of the arts ecology

What I Am Giving Thanks for This Year

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While there is much that gives us concern in the current environment, we who work in the arts truly have a great deal to be thankful for this and every year.

Where Are the Senior Arts Managers?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

In a field where few of us have the resources to engage a 'number two' executive, there is no large pool of trained leaders ready to move up to the top spot without some risk.

Creative Arts Managers

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.15.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While I still believe the best arts managers are those who come to solutions that are based on their organizations' unique situations, there are many arts managers who do not bring that level of creativity to their work.

The Myth About Boards

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.17.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When a strong board isn't developed and nurtured, the staff leadership will almost always find them deficient. Artists and arts managers alike will complain that the board is not generous. This will lead to budget constraints, cash flow problems and worse.

Swimming Downstream in the Current of History

Adam Huttler | Posted 08.25.2012 | Home
Adam Huttler

What exactly do these people mean by 'old models' anyway? Do they mean that arts organizations are all going to die and that there will be no more arts institutions in the future? I doubt that will be the case.

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.

For Artists & Arts Organizations: 6 Steps to Building Your Base Through Authentic Engagement

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

This past Monday (Nov. 15th), I gave a talk for Women in Development, New York at El Museo del Barrio. The topic was 'Fundraising in the Age of Social...

New Season Anxiety

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

For me the start of an arts season holds a mixture of excitement and dread, not unlike the feeling of a roller coaster hitting its zenith with a precipitous drop to come.