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The Scandalous Failure of Art and Music

(88) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 3:06 PM

Perhaps Mitt Romney's persistent memory lapses about when he quit working for Bain Capital, the media's excruciatingly restrained coverage of the titanic Libor scandal and our ogling fascination with purveyors of deep fried poultry who worry about too many gay people gobbling up their...

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Unions: Friends or Foes of the Arts?

(17) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 11:27 AM

In an era some have described as the neo-gilded age of union busting, let us take a moment to note some of the good things unions do for the arts.

For the record, I am not a union member nor have I ever been one, nor do...

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The Danger of Writing About Music

(27) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 5:04 PM

There's a tiny boil of anger heating up just just beneath the surface in the classical music world, a boil just begging to be lanced. Witness, as exhibit A, the partly hysterical responses to my most recent post about classical music.

I had postulated a very simple...

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The Awfulness of Classical Music Explained

(424) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 8:13 AM

Visiting a popular concert hall for the first time some years ago, I was lucky to have a fairly genial host whom I'll call Luddy. He guided me patiently through the obtuse and unfriendly ticketing procedure at the "Will Call" window where I felt rather like I was...

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Pride & Prejudice: (What) Can Nonprofits Learn From the For-Profit World?

(9) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 6:48 PM

No one, least of all I, would argue nonprofits do anything less than important work.

In addition to providing vital art, theater and music experiences, as Senator Bradley once noted, nonprofits have done everything from create the polio vaccine to build the Sesame Workshop to invent the nationwide...

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Paradise Lost: Can We Keep Nonprofits From Failing?

(35) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 2:25 PM

On my first day in the nonprofit world, I was introduced as "the new suit." Short shrift indeed for the years I'd spent undergoing rigorous formal musical training. My decades of hard-won success in the for-profit sector, it seemed, had marked me with a sort taint in certain corners of...

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Brave New World: Who Muzzled All the Artists?

(33) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 11:05 AM

Have you ever gone to an art museum and wondered what a particular piece of art meant? I have. I mean, why wouldn't you? It's a picture, or a statue, or some other object that apparently meant enough to someone at some time that they were willing to master a...

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