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The Arts Consultant: planning for a useful consultancy

So you and/or your Board of Directors is planning a project that will involve the use of an outside consultant or consulting firm.  We’ve all seen consulting projects that have been [...]

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“Ends Justify the Means” Dilemmas in the Not-for-Profit Workplace

I have been thinking for some time about how we monitor and resolve ethical dilemmas in the non-profit workplace and how we could assure that public money is well-spent. In the not-for-profit and [...]

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Founders’ Syndrome: Why we should all be concerned

What is founder’s syndrome and why does it affect so many smaller arts and non-profit organizations?  Founder’s syndrome occurs when a founder of an organization is not able to [...]

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Delegation # 1: Why managers are afraid of delegating.

The first in a small series on the management art of effective delegation. When you talk to unhappy employees and ask them what is wrong with their jobs or their relationship with managers,  [...]

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Commonsense Social Media for Small Arts Orgs

A few Do’s and Don’t’s about Social Media for artists and small arts orgs Do remember to include in your plan all your skills that are relevant to a successful social media [...]

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Explaining an Arts Non-Profit

This video would be funny if it weren’t so sadly true. I have had this conversation so many times, not only with audience members but regrettably with too many arts board members. Bread and [...]

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Arts Presentation Contracts

In the arts it sometimes seems that there are endless varieties and shades of collaboration, partnership and co-presentation agreements possible. But when I was first working in the concert [...]

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Would your arts “entry” job be a fit for those looking for an arts “exit” job?

When organizations are thinking about staffing an arts position on a tight budget, they often cast the position as an “entry-level” position because of the parttime nature, low [...]

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Protesting Cuts to the Diversity in Music Program–Oct. 26 @ 6 pm

Cutting The AlbumMonday October 26 20096PM – 8PMCBC Front Street to Nathan Phillips Square Hello Friends, Heritage Minister, James Moore recently announced that 1.3 million dollars from the [...]

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Michael Kaiser’s “The Art of the Turnaround”

Yesterday I was reading a post by Jodi Schoenbrun Carter on Michael Kaiser’s “Arts in Crisis” program that is a follow-up to his book, “The Art of the Turnaround”. I [...]

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