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Tell Obama About the Arts and Health Care

The Obama administration is looking for personal stories about the need for health care reform. This is a great opportunity to ensure that the arts community isn’t left out of this debate.
Remember that not all health care reform proposals are created equal. Some - such as those designed to expand employer-based coverage - would actually [...]

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Richard Florida’s Numbers: Shaky Under Scrutiny?

We need more math nerds in the non-profit arts world. And by “math nerd” I’m not talking about experts in multivariate calculus or linear algebra. I just mean people who aren’t afraid of numbers and are willing to poke them with a stick occasionally.
Last week Ian Moss provided one of the most thorough and detailed [...]

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Reason #376 to Prefer Earned Income to Contributed

My love of earned revenue for non-profit organizations is hardly a secret. Mostly I’ve made the argument that earned revenue aligns your mission with your business, since the same people who are “consuming” your services are also paying for the. This isn’t always possible in practice, but when it is, the affect is powerful.
Anyhow, Doug [...]

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Who are the New Gatekeepers?

Douglas McLennan, editor of ArtsJournal and author of the blog Diacritical, wants to know how the internet is changing the role of middlemen in the arts:
Power in the mass culture model is controlled by gatekeepers - the TV networks, radio stations, record producers, publishers. They had power because they could afford expensive cameras and studios [...]

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Uncle Sam Wants You!

Over the past few months, there’s been lots of talk about a “new WPA” in which the federal government would hire artists to perform public service. Last week the first serious legislation emerged out of Congress that makes an attempt at this idea. From The New Service:
The Music National Service Initiative, which is in its [...]

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Is Obama a Threat to Charities?

Is President Obama’s latest budget proposal a mortal threat to the nation’s charities?
There’s been a lot of chatter about his plan to reduce the size of tax deductions that wealthy Americans can claim for donations to charity. The basic idea is to reduce the deductibility to 28% from 35% for taxpayers in the top bracket.
Predictably, [...]

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We Earn our Grants, But That’s Not the Point

Once upon a time, non-profit organizations had two different kinds of revenue: “earned” and “unearned”. Earned revenue was the money from ticket sales, admissions, and other services. Unearned revenue came from grants and contributions.
At some point, it occurred to someone that calling a major source of income “unearned” made us all sound like a pretty [...]

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Fractured Atlas on NPR’s Morning Edition

NPR ran a feature on Fractured Atlas on this morning’s Morning Edition. You can listen online if you’re interested.  Thanks to Asian Pacific American Film Festival and Catalyst Theater Company for saying nice things about us!

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Do you want better health insurance options (and live in NY State)?

If you’ve ever considered hopping the border to Canada to see a doctor, then this survey is for you.
Fractured Atlas is partnering with the NY State Health Foundation on a project to improve health insurance options for artists in NY State. This isn’t something that’ll happen overnight, of course, but we’re working hard to lay [...]

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What Do You Need Money For?

What one, or two, or three things do you have the most trouble finding money to pay for? Either because they’re expensive or because it’s hard to raise money for them?
A friend of mine at the Yale School of Management is doing some research in support of arts philanthropy. To his credit, he’s exploring how [...]

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