Ben Cameron | Finance, Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership
Seismic market shifts invite us to rethink our missions. Smart performing arts groups are expanding social lobby spaces, adding coffee bars, engaging in re-branding—all to recognize that we traffic not merely artistic production but a total experience that begins with seeing the first ad, continues through the first call to the box office, and doesn't end until long after the audience member is home in bed. But, are we ready for a world where value is co-created?
Kelsey Menehan | Technique/Tool, Technology
When Malia Ka'ai Barrett took over as general manager of the Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus, it was for the love of the music—pure and simple. Despite a lifelong involvement with choruses, Barrett had little training or experience in the technical aspects of running a mid-sized nonprofit organization. She traveled to Chorus America's Conference with a goal of gathering tools to manage a database that included everything from donor information to singers' costume sizes to a 4,000-work music library.
A Message from Former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia
Dana Gioia | Civic Engagement, Education, Government/Policy
Arts education is a civic investment with a tangible return. Dana Gioia emphasizes the need for arts education in all schools and for all children, and cautions against trading off the challenging pleasures of art for the easy comforts of entertainment.
Mary Ann Pulk | Fundraising
Writing a successful foundation proposal is not rocket science, but it does require vision, research, planning, cultivation, and careful implementation.
Chorus America Staff | Conducting, Diversity, Profile
Sixty years ago Brazeal Dennard stood up before the Angelic Choir of the Peoples Baptist Church in Detroit for the first time as its conductor. We profile the life and career of this champion for African-American music and composers. [Editor's note: Brazeal Dennard sadly passed away in July 2010.]