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Is Sharing a Good Thing After All?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is no doubt that sharing productions allows an opera company to show more new works than when every company builds each of its own productions. But is something lost in this endeavor? I think so.

What Is Missing in too Many Strategic Plans?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When we fail to recognize the primary role of programming in our strategic plans, we are implying a lack of trust in the value of the work we do in the arts.

Kennedy Center Honors 2010: Oprah & Paul McCartney Honored (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle hosted this year's Kennedy Center Honors in D.C. on Sunday night. Oprah Winfrey, Beatle Paul McCart...

My Visit to Croatia

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Croatia is the rule in this world, not the exception. This is why people who do not feel bounded by the grants they receive from their own governments are so important.

Artistic Planning Can't Be Rushed

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

I recently participated in a very important discussion with my ten DeVos Institute Fellows. The subject was artistic planning. The Fellows had already...

The Concept of Family

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When corporate executives become leaders of arts organizations, they must truly appreciate this difference in mission or they will come into severe conflict with their artists, staff and board members.

Why I Hate Board Planning Retreats

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

I have nothing against boards taking time to meet together in a remote location to discuss key issues and to allow for socializing. But I do not think that a retreat is the appropriate place to write a plan. Why?

The Fundraising Challenge in Europe

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

For the past ten years, my teaching abroad has focused on countries that are experiencing great political change and dramatic modifications in the art...

The Power of Celebrity

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The challenge for so many of us in the fields of classical music and opera today is that the number of celebrity artists is dwindling.

Free Performances vs. Complimentary Tickets

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

I have often railed against the practice of giving complimentary performance tickets to lots of people who feel they deserve them. Too many arts orga...

Cost Containment Matters Too

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

The cardinal sin in the arts is to waste. Wasting money, wasting time, or wasting opportunities cannot be tolerated in a resource-constrained world.

Thinning Out the Field

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have heard from so many people that this is the time to "thin out the field" of arts organizations. We need to remember that while it might make for more competition, it also makes for more interesting arts environment.

Responsible Philanthropy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Governments and other major institutional funders across the globe are cutting arts funding as other social needs take precedence. This situation leads to a discussion of the responsibility large donors bear when they wish to cut their grants substantially.

My Visit to Venice

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

La Fenice in Venice has been one of the most important opera houses for over two centuries. Verdi alone wrote "Attila," "Rigoletto," "La Traviata" and "Simon Boccanegra" for La Fenice!

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.

WATCH: THEATRE: Filming Sondheim's Follies

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In the brief period when I lived in Providence, Rhode Island, I was able to catch performances of several shows during their pre-Broadway Boston tryou...

The Earned Income Ratio

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Arts management is a young field and, like any young field, can take some wrong turns when it comes to theory.

Primal Scream Day

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Imagine this scene: Yankee Stadium is filled to the gills with arts managers who wait quietly and expectantly. There are museum directors, opera produ...

In Times of Crisis: Saving Art

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

In order to understand where art is headed in this new e-economy, we must remember where art has been and see the possible trajectories for the future...

The Planner vs. the Entrepreneur

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Everyone who knows me well knows that I am, at heart, a planner. I plan everything I do, often very far in advance. I have spent much of the last tw...

An Implementation Plan

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

One of my favorite management tools is the implementation plan I develop to support my strategic plan. An implementation plan breaks each strategy in...

The Endowment Conundrum

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I certainly would rather have an endowment than not have one. Endowments do not necessarily create fiscal stability. As we observed in this recession, one cannot depend on endowment earnings.

The Art of Celebration

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

One of the things arts managers very often forget to do is to celebrate success. It is easy in the current economic climate, when we are all struggli...

Jamming for Uncle Sam: Getting the Best From Cultural Diplomacy

Nick Cull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Nick Cull

Does the United States really consider "top tips for getting corporate cash" to bankroll culture the best that we have to offer to artists abroad?

My 50-State Tour

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While there is certainly great variability in the intensity with which the recession has influenced each city, the issues faced by arts organizations are remarkably consistent.