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Start Spreading the News

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.30.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Send a clear, concise well-formatted email that focuses on highlights from the season, including some photographs, to donors (and key prospects), volunteers, board members, subscribers and key press. This is a very inexpensive and easy way to celebrate the year just finished.

International Touring

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have to admit it: in my 30 year arts management career I have been ambivalent about the value of international touring. While many of my peers disagree strenuously with me, for every benefit of touring I can list a countervailing cost.

A Nonprofit Board's Best Friend: A Robust Business Plan

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Eugene Fram

The key to long-term success for a nonprofit board is to seriously evaluate business plans on a regular schedule, even if a status quo plan is desired. However, there are some alternatives that can be developed if changes are needed.

Women: A Year in Review, From the Arts and Beyond

Janice Sands | Posted 02.22.2014 | Arts
Janice Sands

We want to see the day when women who create art -- at all levels -- have an equal opportunity to get it to the marketplace, and to make a reasonable living from it.

What Can Small Arts Organizations Learn From Robin Thicke?

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Lauren Warnecke

When it comes down to it, I don't know that Miami City Ballet and Flo Rida are meant to get along, but it sure is fun to imagine a world that embraces the good from these very different worlds.

From the Boardroom to the Gallery, Women Shut Out

Janice Sands | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Janice Sands

In Gagosian Gallery's new exhibition, "The Show Is Over," of the 35 artists featured, just one is female; a staggering reminder of how much work there is left to be done in furthering gender equity within the arts.

The Speed of the Turnaround

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

A successful turnaround requires a leader, a plan, an exciting roster of programs, an aggressive institutional marketing plan and a great deal of discipline. But there is something else a turnaround requires: speed.

Time to Stop Blaming the Economy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.12.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

For the vast majority of arts organizations, most of their audience members and donors are still employed and are enjoying strong returns on their investments. They have rising levels of disposal income and consumer spending is increasing as a result.

The Power of a Special Campaign

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.31.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have become increasingly convinced that special, targeted fundraising campaigns can be effective ways to galvanize board and staff and to ratchet up the level of fundraising.

The Problem With 'New Models'

Adam Huttler | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Adam Huttler

Simply slashing budgets cannot save us from fiscal ruin. But it's disappointing that Michael Kaiser continues to dismiss the possibility that salvation may be more complex or require more radical innovation than simply doing more of the same, better.

Digital Fire: Northwest Voices in the Arts, Books, and Business on Reinvention

Russell C. Smith | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

The topic of reinvention is everywhere in American culture. Cultural shifts and economic forces have affected artists and entrepreneurs, people on the street and people in high-rise towers.

Should We Support Arts Organizations Or Musicians?

Posted 05.03.2012 | Home

A few weeks ago, David Beem made a bold statement to HuffPost readers. In a piece titled "Slash Your Local Orchestra," Beem, a former professional cel...

What Happens After the Recession?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.11.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

People who think the arts ecology will return to what it was when the recession finally ends are setting themselves up for major disappointment. Those who do not prepare for a new world order are not acting in the best interests of their organizations.

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.

Stretching a Buck

Bill Lasarow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Bill Lasarow

Public budget debates continue to play out as government enters its new fiscal year on July 1st. Fears continue to mount that important community organizations may be dismantled.

My Trip to San Juan

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

The arts in Puerto Rico must survive; there's a tremendous love for music, dancing and the visual arts. But community leaders must create a new funding model to assure the vitality of the arts.

Celebrating Art For Its Own Sake (in Chelsea, of all places)

Jonathan Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jonathan Melber

Over 1800 people flooded the old Dia Art Foundation building for in Chelsea the opening of No Soul For Sale. It is a sort of anti-art-fair fair.