The Empty Stage

Public Money & Art

We’ve been playing the “How I envy the Brits” game for such a long time – aren’t they lucky. All that government money. I’ve played it too. In this recent example in The Washington Post, it’s “How I envy the Canadians”. Well, here’s a great story from Hyperallergic to make you think twice. No matter…

Long term returns are down, and expected to go lower. Find the story here in the Wall St. Journal.  This trend will increase pressure on endowments throughout the performing arts world. The answer is increased focus on long-term fundraising for those endowments, NOT higher rates of withdrawal. If the Arts wish not to follow so…

Empty Stage #1

An Empty Stage holds out the promise of things-to-come, things that are about-to-be, things not-yet-realized. Also the opposite – things that are gone – the production just closed, the morning after the strike, the theater that is dark. Maybe a theater that has been dark for a while. It also represents a side of the…

Fear No Markets

“Markets make us less moral”. That was the conclusion of a German study referenced here (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2013/05/15/markets-make-us-less-moral/) ) at Discover Magazine online. By all means read the article – it’s short – but here’s the gist: participants were offered the chance to “sell” the life of a mouse for a fixed price (10 Euros), or refuse…

Big Art

On Income Inequality, Big Art, Fat Unions and The Fat Lady In all of the tiresome, and very public discussions on “income inequality” we have been thru in America in the last year or so, how is it that NONE of them have focused on income inequality in the arts? Fact is, income inequality among artists…

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself, for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his…

From Scott Chamberlain, Aug 2015: “For a nonprofit, mission trumps all else. Once the mission is secure, an arts organization can look at three additional layers of sustainability: financial, organizational, and programmatic. * Financial sustainability is marked by the ability to generate resources to meet the needs of the present without compromising the future. *…