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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.