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Taboo Discussions for Artists & Arts Organizations

Some artists, if you mention the word “business” at all, they recoil, but let us play a field-wide game of Taboo, and have a brainstorm discussion about the future of the arts sans these words or any derivation of them: “innovation” and “business models.” Could the private sector keep itself from using all the jargon […]

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Speaking with One Voice

Per Helena Fruscio’s post from earlier this week (The Creative Economy: Not-Sole-For-Profits-Proprietors) in which she says, “Our power is in numbers and in speaking with one voice” – I wholeheartedly agree! In 2008, I was in Washington, DC, on a team that consisted of a dancer, a lawyer, a museum executive director (and myself as […]

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The Arts Innovation Challenge

Why is it so rare to find successful examples of innovation and entrepreneurism in the arts industry in America? The arts industry, after all, is filled with creative individuals who are working in a country that idolizes the lone entrepreneur business leader (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, etc…). After watching this video about Google […]

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What is Your Community Benefit?

The reason for the tax break for nonprofits is that nonprofits are meant to provide a “community benefit.” When you apply for nonprofit status, the forms you have to fill out include making a case that the benefit you will provide (often expressed in your mission statement) is worth the state letting go of your […]

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