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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Comp Tickets Are Not Cost Free Transaction by Joe Patti

Last month Drew McManus had box office manager Tiffin Feltner make a guest post on his Adaptistration blog on the topic of comp tickets.   It has taken me about three weeks to stop grindin…

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Try On Theatre, It May Fit Better Than You Think by Joe Patti

American Theatre recently had a great piece about an interesting approach Princeton University is using as an alternative to auditions called “Try On Theatre Days.” They describe the pro…

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Monday, August 8, 2022

You’re Not Meant To Eat Everything On The Menu by Joe Patti

Many of you may have seen the news about the accusations of “wokeness” being leveled at the restaurant chain Cracker Barrel for adding plant based breakfast sausage to the menu. To be cl…

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

You Now Have Permission To Have An Authentic Response by Joe Patti

Last month the San Francisco Chronicle ran an opinion piece by Nataki Garrett, the Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, titled Theater can help drive economic recovery in S.…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

How Do You Take Your Program, Digital Or Printed? by Joe Patti

Last month, Washington Post Classical Music Critic Michael Andor Brodeur wrote a piece about why people like himself are unhappy with classical music organizations ditching printed programs.…

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Resisting The Corruption Of The Violin by Joe Patti

Recently I have been seeing stories about violin scammers. People performing in shopping centers and other public places with signs asking for money. What is interesting about these stories …

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Time To Review Programming And Rental Procedures by Joe Patti

Many people probably heard about a Minnesota venue cancelling Dave Chappelle’s show hours before it was suppose to occur.  Something similar happened a few weeks ago at a venue on the oth…

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Toward A More Artistic European Union by Joe Patti

As promised, I am following up on Monday’s post about about the first European Union (EU) wide survey of performing arts. I wanted to note some of the recommendations made in the study. On…

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Monday, July 25, 2022

More Europe Performing Arts Orgs During Covid by Joe Patti

Last week German arts administrator Rainer Glaap made a Facebook post linking to the first ever study of theatres across the European Union (EU).  Additionally, some of the survey participa…

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Instagram=High Engagement, But Don’t Make Marketing Decisions Based On A Blog Title by Joe Patti

Earlier this month Colleen Dilenschneider wrote a post providing data that showed Instagram was the social media platform with the highest levels of audience engagement and conversions (deci…

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Encouraging Signs In Theatre Internship Programs by Joe Patti

American Theatre had some encouraging news about a trend to improve summer theatre internship programs.  The need for this was seen last year as interns and other staff were walking off the…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Strong Opposition To Warehousing Charitable Funding In DAFs by Joe Patti

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how donor advised funds (DAF) had surpassed charities like the United Way as recipients of charitable giving.  I noted this is a problem because unlike…

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

Finally, Some Details About Artistic Practice Informing Scientific Genius by Joe Patti

We often hear about how scientific geniuses had an arts related hobby that contributed to their process, (Eisenstein and his violin are mentioned a lot), but we rarely get any detailed insig…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Repeat Of Board Tensions In Chicago by Joe Patti

If you hadn’t caught the news in the last week, there is a major crisis at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago which saw the mass resignation of their current cohort of resident artists. Th…

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Dance As A Gateway Drug To Coding by Joe Patti

Via was a Chalkbeat story about DanceLogic, a program in Philadelphia “designed to educate, inspire, and cultivate girls of color in STEM.”   The premise: Both coding an…

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Similarities, Yes, But Important Differences by Joe Patti

” Older audiences will only be around so long. If you teach the rising generation that the theatrical experience is completely extraneous, that experience probably won’t be around for th…

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Arts Orgs Are Shifting Approach Post-Pandemic, Will Grantmakers? by Joe Patti

A link to a video presentation about a study the Michigan Arts and Culture Council commissioned of SMU DataArts popped up in my feed last week. I am not sure what inspired me to listen all t…

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

When Good Climbing Shoes Are Important For Vocal Warm Ups by Joe Patti

The Artsjournal daily newsletter today linked to a Smithsonian Institution article using the title “Warm-Up Vocal Exercises From Three Very Different Classical Singing Disciplines.”  Fr…

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Donor Advised Funds Receive More Giving Than Public Charities by Joe Patti

Earlier this month Vu Le of the Non Profit AF blog linked to a piece reporting that Donor Advised Funds (DAF) had surpassed charities as recipients of charitable revenue.  The problem with …

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Wait, Top MBA Programs Block Grade Disclosure? by Joe Patti

This post might go a bit on the cerebral side, but bear with me it should go along pretty quickly. Thanks to Marginal Revolution blog I learned that top MBA programs have a policy of grade n…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Housing Appraisal As Art For Social Change by Joe Patti

Back in March I made a post about an artist’s project in Pittsburgh that called attention to the disparity in appraisals between White homeowners and Black homeowners.  In a story of art …

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Ushering Them Off With Great Fanfare by Joe Patti

I have read a fair number of articles about transitioning problematic board members off a board, but I have to credit Vu Le for laying out a relatively detailed process for accomplishing the…

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Asking “What Would You Like Future Attendees To Know?” by Joe Patti

I had planned to write about something different today but this post by Ruth Hartt on LinkedIn grabbed my attention. Cain Lewis goes on to talk about how he doesn’t care about Airbnb: So t…

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Visiting For The Gift Shop by Joe Patti

Whenever I have visited a museum that forces you to go through the gift shop before you can exit, I have viewed the design as a cynical cash grab. As I think about it, while I have frequentl…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

So You Want To Name A Stadium… by Joe Patti

Via the Marginal Revolution blog I came across a piece analyzing the economics of stadium naming.   The basic conclusion was that if you see a corporation buying naming rights for a stadiu…

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This Place Has Rats. But They Will Be Gone Soon! by Joe Patti

I know for a fact that for at least 30 years now, market textbooks and classes have made the distinction between marketing and advertising/promotion the first definition provided.  That has…

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Upgrade Your Theatre Seat For More Legroom? by Joe Patti

I caught a story on NPR’s Marketplace yesterday that discussed the way airlines use premium seating.  One of the people interviewed mentioned that airlines craftily use the separation of …

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

My Freshman English Grade ≠ 2022 Writing Proficiency by Joe Patti

There was an article on The Conversation website back in March by Elisabeth Gruner discussing how she stopped giving grades on student papers in favor of comments and wished she had done so …

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A Little Night of Georgia Music by Joe Patti

About three months ago I mentioned that we were having a concert filmed for public television in our venue. We recently got word that it will make its broadcast debut on Georgia Public Broad…

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Has Anyone Achieved Minimal Viable Audience? by Joe Patti

Seth Godin recently made a post with a suggestion that runs counter to concept that arts organizations need to broaden their audience.  He has made posts throughout the years about attracti…

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Best Time To Fight Burnout Is Before You Start Feeling Burned Out by Joe Patti

So hat tip to Roger Tomlinson who made a social media post calling attention to “A Manager’s Guide to Helping Teams Face Down Uncertainty, Burnout and Perfectionism“    It appears it…

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