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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.

Our Summer Fellows

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Last week a new class of summer fellows arrived at the Kennedy Center for a four-week session. The summer fellows program brings arts managers from ...

Conventional "Wisdom"

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Is there conventional wisdom amongst arts organizations that I disagree with and try to fight against?

My Prescription for Summer

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The summer months are the time when we must replenish our souls. We need to get enough sleep, for sure, but sleep is not really the central answer for the tired arts executive.

A Fundamental Problem With Our Arts Ecology

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Over the last year I have noticed a change in the reactions by major donors, especially foundations, to serious fiscal problems experienced by importa...

Our Visit to Japan

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The Kennedy Center is fortunate to have the support of our International Committee on the Arts. This year the Committee met for one stimulating week in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Susan Wadsworth: Almost 50 Years of Young Concert Artists Series

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim Luce

Not many people can fulfill their passion - and build an institution - for fifty years. Susan Wadsworth can. The founder of the Young Concert Artist...

Our Annual Symposium for Arts Organizations of Color

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Kaiser

Every March, a group of executives from 30 arts organizations of color gather at the Kennedy Center for an annual symposium. We created this group be...

Does Size Matter in the Arts?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Kaiser

Most arts organizations must really only influence 100-200 selected people in their communities to have a life-changing effect.

Revisiting Baumol and Bowen

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

How to fill the gap between rising expenses and fixed earned income has been the challenge to every arts manager for centuries.

What I Am Learning On My Tour

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

My 50 state, 69 city tour is almost over; I will make my last presentation on July 16 in Boise, Idaho. The tour has been both inspiring and depressi...

A Cure for Depression

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Just as I was feeling very pessimistic at the lack of spark and creativity I observe from many of our arts organizations, I visited Dance NYC, a very small but remarkable service organization in New York.

Fey's Fantastic, But Never The Twain She'll Meet

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

I love Tina Fey, but there was something a bit Obama-getting-the-Nobel-Priz-ish about the news that she'll receive the 2010 Mark Twain Prize for Humor...