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The Problem with “New Models”

Over the summer, Michael Kaiser published a series of posts complaining about a lack of specificity in the ongoing chatter about a need for “new models” in the arts. I responded on this blog, both times, with my own thoughts on the subject.
Last week, Kaiser published another post in which the critics are once again [...]

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New Models Redux

In our last episode, I responded to Michael Kaiser’s frustration with “new models” chatter.
Well, this week he’s back with New Models, Part 2, and you knew I wasn’t going to just sit here (even if I am supposedly on vacation!) Kaiser once again criticizes the critics for a lack of specificity:
The constant drumbeat for new models for [...]

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Swimming Downstream in the Current of History

Michael Kaiser is fed up with the ceaseless chatter about the need for “new models” in the arts.
If I hear one more pundit or read one more blog suggesting that ‘old models’ of arts organizations are dying and that ‘new models’ are needed I am going to scream. Expert after expert are calling for ‘new models’ [...]

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A Non-Profit Journalism Success Story

Amid all the sturm und drang about the dying American newspaper business, there’s been a slow build-up of enthusiasm for the notion of non-profit journalism. While there’s some naïveté in the idea that non-profit status can magically fix a broken business model, I can’t help but be attracted to the idea of journalism as public [...]

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Interviewed on Barry’s Blog

Barry Hessenius has posted an interview with me on his eponymous blog. For the record, I’ve never been a particularly tactful person, so it’s not like this is anything new or deliberate.

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Hybrid Business Models: Possibilities and Pitfalls

Today’s NY Times features a sloppy article on the “snags” associated with non-profit/for-profit hybrid business models. I’m thrilled that the mainstream media is talking about this stuff, since it’s been a favorite subject of mine for years, but the reporting is rife with factual errors and dubious conclusions.
First, call me a nitpicker, but I’m really [...]

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State of the Arts: Questions for Thomas Cott

For the past several years, my morning coffee companion has been “You’ve Cott Mail,” a daily roundup of the very latest arts industry news distilled into a simple email, readable in under five minutes. In my opinion, any professional in the performing arts should view it as their Daily Variety – vital for staying abreast [...]

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Talking About New Models at MSU

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of presenting at the Missouri State University Public Affairs Conference on emerging new models for the non-profit sector.
The presentation is now online if you’re interested in that kind of thing. I should warn you that it includes some clips of my PowerPoint but they got screwed [...]

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Surviving the Dip, or Are We in the Typewriter Business and Do We Need a Manhattan Project?

I was in DC yesterday for a presentation/discussion of the NEA’s 2008 Survey on Public Participation in the Arts. The report is accessible and worth a quick read, but I can summarize its findings in one sentence: public participation in the arts is seriously in decline. This is true across essentially all audience demographics and [...]

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Empowered by Scrap

Artists are natural entrepreneurs. In general, they are innovative, enthusiastic, hard-working, highly intelligent, and resourceful. That last attribute is the subject of this post…resourcefulness.
Entrepreneurs come up with a great idea, then go out and find the resources or develop the capabilities to “make it happen.” Or, they look at what they already have available and [...]

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