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Broadway About To Hit Record Box Office For 2014/15 Season

May 21, 2015 - 10:14pm

“Thanks in part to the box-office drawing power of Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Helen Mirren, Larry David, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and other celebrated performers, Broadway’s on-track to report that grosses and attendance rose by about 8 percent from 2013-14. After 51 weeks, Broadway’s sales of $1.33 billion are already a record. Given that attendance is 12.8 million and exceeds 200,000 a week, it’s almost certain to top 13 million for the first time when official results come out early next week.”

Our Audience As Community? Not Necessarily

May 21, 2015 - 9:04pm

“Community requires connection. Without interpersonal relationships, a community is just a group. Community requires generosity. Without an element of giving, it is hard to imagine members being invested in the collective and future well-being of the group. Community requires space. Without a place (virtual, physical) in which people can connect and contribute, it will be much more difficult for these things to take place.”

How 19th Century Newspapers Were Like Today’s Internet

May 21, 2015 - 8:49pm

“Many 19th-century newspapers are comprised primarily of content from other newspapers,” he said. “They were more aggregators than producers of original content. And often they were created by very small staffs, and scholars such as Ellen Gruber Garvey have shown that this aggregation is what allowed newspapers to spread as rapidly as they did in the 19th century, because you didn’t have to produce the whole thing.”

The New York Times Has Always Reviewed Every Hollywood Movie In General Release. Until Now…

May 21, 2015 - 8:18pm

“Because of the increasing volume of new films released each year, the Times is no longer able to guarantee reviews of all New York theatrical releases,” A.O. Scott, the Times’ chief film critic, wrote companies in an email obtained by Variety.

Marketing Manager, Washington National Opera, Theater, International Programming

May 21, 2015 - 7:52pm

This position manages and coordinates marketing services for the Kennedy Center through affinity relationship marketing activities, planning, data use analysis, reporting, distribution, and other means. Focuses on overall marketing strategy for Washington National Opera, Theater, International, Young Audiences programming. Supervises Assistant Marketing Manager, Ballet and Dance. Together with the Senior Marketing Manager, aggregates assigned genre’s plans and revenue projections into advance reports that detail proposed activities and sales projections. Develops advanced working knowledge of Tessitura’s Extractions Manager system for use with list planning (email, direct mail, telemarketing) and list exchanges. Liaises with IT staff to ensure proper data management procedures are carried out including approving list counts, list scrubbing/cleaning, and proper back-end setup of all marketing activities and promotions. Administers audience research programs, review and analyze, and report on results and make recommendations.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively recruit, set expectations and goals, plan, organize, control, delegate, and evaluate work of subordinate employees. Successfully builds trusting relationships with employees utilizing effective coaching and discipline techniques to ensure maximum productivity and completion of work goals. Demonstrates ability to shift priorities in order to achieve all high value work. Works to build productive relationships throughout the organization.
  • Develops and implements marketing plans for Washington National Opera, Theater, International, and Young Audiences programming.
  • Supports Senior Marketing Manager to manage marketing budgets and revenue projections for WNO, Theater, International, and Young Audiences.
  • Supervise Assistant Marketing Manager with various projects, including management of Ballet, Dance, and MyTix campaigns.
  • Manage WNO, Theater, Ballet, and Dance telemarketing campaigns, including oversight of call supervisor.
  • Propose plans for more effective use of customer data maintained by Kennedy Center’s IT department.
  • Establish contracts with outside vendors and work to ensure campaigns are carried out in a timely manner and delivered as promised.
  • Helps manage email communications timeline and strategy.
  • Pull lists for direct mail, voicemail, email, and telemarketing using extractions.
  • Work with Senior Marketing Manager and sales services team on pricing and discounts.
  • Create and evaluate customer surveys and audience analysis.
  • Oversee marketing efforts and on-site advertising for Opera in the Outfield.

Experience

The incumbent must possess an undergraduate degree in marketing, communications, arts administration or a related field, and must have at least four years professional experience in sales, marketing or performing arts management. It is essential that the incumbent demonstrate strong interpersonal and analytical skills, and be comfortable working in a fast-paced team environment. In addition, the incumbent must possess strong selling skills and have the ability to produce effective oral and written communications. He/she must also possess advance capabilities with standard personal computing programs and a working knowledge of Tessitura.

For consideration submit resume on line at www.kennedy-center.orh/jobs

Marketing Manager (National Symphony Orchestra, Fortas, Performing Arts for Everyone)

May 21, 2015 - 7:47pm

This position manages and coordinates marketing services for the Kennedy Center. Focuses on overall marketing strategy for National Symphony Orchestra, Fortas, Performing Arts for Everyone. Supervises Assistant Marketing Manager (Jazz, Comedy, and Special Programming.

Responsibilities Include:

  1. Develop and implement marketing plans for National Symphony Orchestra, Fortas Chamber Series, and Performing Arts for Everyone.
  2. Support Senior Marketing Manager to manage advertising budgets and revenue projections.
  3. Supervise Assistant Marketing Manager with management of marketing strategy for Jazz, Comedy, and Special Programming.
  4. Oversee email communications timeline and strategy.
  5. Pull lists for direct mail, voicemail, email, and telemarketing using extractions.
  6. Manage telemarketing campaigns, including oversight of call supervisors.
  7. Establish contracts with outside vendors and ensure projects are carried out in a timely manner.
  8. Propose plans for most effective use of customer data maintained by Kennedy Center’s IT department.
  9. Work with Senior Marketing Manager and sales services team on pricing and discounts
  10. Create and evaluate customer surveys and audience analysis
  11. Other duties as assigned

Experience:

Bachelors degree required; must have at least four years professional experience in sales, marketing or performing arts management. Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced team environment. In addition, the incumbent must possess strong selling skills and have the ability to produce effective oral and written communications. He/she must also possess advance capabilities with standard personal computing programs and a working knowledge of Tessitura.

For consideration, submit resume on line at www.kennedy-center.org/jobs

Director of Development – Great Lakes Center for the Arts

May 21, 2015 - 7:42pm

LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES is proud to partner with the Great Lakes Center for the Arts (GLCFA) in its search for the position of Director of Development.

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is a new performing arts center that will bring the best of music, dance and theater to Northern Michigan and will provide important arts education programming to the children of the region. By 2020, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts will be a national destination known for unique cultural performances and events, a leading regional arts and arts education provider, and an internationally recognized center for important intellectual dialogue.

Constructing the GLCFA and providing an endowment for its perpetual support will cost $50 million. Early commitments to this goal total nearly $15 million and additional preliminary prospects have been identified. The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is uniquely situated to appeal to a large variety of individual and corporate supporters – those based in Michigan as well as those who value the high-end assets that the Northern Michigan community offers. And with the unique ability to serve thousands of school children who face ever-diminishing arts experiences in public schools, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts stands to garner eventual significant support from foundation and government funders who recognize the need for arts institutions to fill the role.

This is an exciting opportunity to build a major arts non-profit from the ground-up. The Director of Development will be the first permanent hire for this newly-formed 501(c)(3) and will have an immediate objective of securing the remaining balance of the $50 million needed to launch the new center. Interested candidates will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, be a self-starter and demonstrate sophisticated and strategic relationship-building skills with C-suite executives, as well as community leaders and influencers. This successful fundraiser must bring a proven track record in cultivating, soliciting and securing major gift commitments of 6- and 7-figures. While campaign experience is a must, longer term plans for sustainability include building a diverse development program including annual and planned giving and multi-year sponsorships.

To apply or to refer candidates, please contact Zena Lum, Search Director, LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES at Zlum@LLLsearches.com

Fraternities Once Were Paragons Of Accomplishment and Excellence. But Then…

May 21, 2015 - 7:12pm

These organizations, which were literary and social societies, were founded very much in the same spirit as Phi Beta Kappa. They fashioned themselves with the model of ancient Greece in mind. They were named after Greek letters during a period in American history when “Greece eclipsed Rome as the model for virtuous citizenship in the American imagination and at colleges particularly.”

Los Angeles Master Chorale Hires New Director

May 21, 2015 - 6:37pm

“The group chose Jean Davidson after a national search because of her work with top artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Laurie Anderson as well as her track record at New York Live Arts since 2011. Davidson was instrumental in the creation of the group, formed through a merger of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Dance Theater Workshop.”

Time For Lit Magazines To Rethink How They Choose What To Publish?

May 21, 2015 - 6:06pm

“Let’s be honest about the situation at lit mags: most are funded out of the editors’ pockets or else given a small budget from a university, most have unpaid editors (often MFA students getting a year’s experience), and most receive far more submissions than the editors could ever read. And if we are being really, really honest, most magazines don’t even have much of a readership, so no real way to raise money by charging readers.”

Protests Over Tony Awards’ Intent Not To Televise Some Awards

May 21, 2015 - 3:49pm

“Creative Arts Awards, including Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and others such as Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Orchestrations and more, are typically handed out off the air. Clips from winners’ acceptance speeches are then shown during a commercial break, and videos later surface on the Tony Awards YouTube channel.”

How Hollywood Has Failed The Great Comic Books

May 21, 2015 - 3:33pm

“To love American cinema is to love comic-book movies, and to want better comic-book movies in the future. What made the first round of actual comic book movies from Superman (1978) to Batman (1989) so disheartening was that they were distinctly bad. They were bad for a number of reasons.”

Why Translating Literature Is Torture

May 21, 2015 - 3:11pm

Breaking the Bulgarian structure out of the sentences and turning it into an equally strong and evocative phrase in English is a lot like doing 50 pushups. It’s painful and exalting. And one day, you get better. But sometimes you cry and swear, becoming haunted by Nabokov’s seminal, merciless essay, “The Art of Translation.”

Why We Need Poetry Now More Than Ever

May 21, 2015 - 3:02pm

“Conventional public discourse is boring, too familiar and brittle: the spray-on-tan blather of pundits on CNN, the coo of commerce, the drained, template-like rhetoric of political speech. That’s where poetry, that oft-forgotten form, comes in, a specific kind of verse called “civic poetry.” Civic poetry is public poetry. It is political poetry. It is about the hard stuff of life: money, crime, gender, corporate excess, racial injustice.”

UNESCO Warns That Antiquities In Palmyra World Heritage Site Are Threatened By ISIS

May 21, 2015 - 10:16am

“Palmyra is home to a UNESCO world heritage site and is famous for its 2,000-year-old ruins, including a Roman aqueduct and necropolises. Syria’s antiquities chief said on Saturday that the militants would destroy the ancient ruins if they took control of the city.”

Why Do Cities Still Build Over-Sized Performing Arts Theatres?

May 21, 2015 - 9:41am

“For large-capacity halls that are only in the business of presenting touring commercial entertainment (including Broadway shows), the more seats the better. But in reality, many large-capacity halls were originally conceived and funded to present touring cultural programs — classical music, dance, opera — and to support local arts organizations by being available for rent. And here’s where we get into trouble.”

Las Vegas – Where The City’s Orchestra Is Growing Like Crazy

May 21, 2015 - 9:37am

“The orchestra has increased the number of performances next season from 11 to 19, presenting some programs over two days rather than one evening (including Sunday matinees).”

What Orchestras Can Learn From The Failed “Concert Companion” About Innovating

May 21, 2015 - 9:37am

They must “build innovation into the core product so that eventually innovation becomes part of your incremental track. It’s a 10-year window and requires a real investment in innovation.”

Study: Experiencing Awe Builds Compassion, Humility

May 21, 2015 - 9:12am

“Reminding participants of a time when they experienced awe … increased their tendencies to endorse ethical decisions across a variety of scenarios.”

Utah Symphony And Opera Musicians Sign New Contract, Get Raise

May 21, 2015 - 8:33am

“The deal includes an average 3.5 percent increase in base salary in each of the next three seasons for the musicians, who endured $3.8 million in salary cuts over the past seven years as the orchestra weathered a nationwide economic downturn and its aftermath.”