Take the time to understand that your art is not your company’s product. Impact is, whether you want it to be or not. And if your company doesn’t aim for impact, it’ll never be essential. Everything that happens in 2024 in the nonprofit arts world will go relatively unnoticed. At least in the United States. The news will cover the poorly-written trash soap/reality show … [Read more...] about Nonprofit Arts Organizations: In 2024, There’s Going to Be a Lot of Noise. Take Advantage.
Too many variables cause irrational solutions, especially where impact is involved. Analyze and know your company’s place in your ecosystem, but then stop analyzing and just do. I have many friends in the nonprofit arts business who are searching for a replicable set of actions that predict success. Much like the flocks of flaks that worshiped Danny Newman’s Subscribe Now! … [Read more...] about The Cure-All for Nonprofit Arts Organizations Doesn’t Exist
Blame arrows are rampant in boardrooms, newsrooms, and rehearsal rooms. Blame is meaningless. The solution is obvious. You just have to want to change. (Oh, right. That.) First of all, I think it’s appropriate to mention that this particular column was published on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Election day 2023. Precisely one leap year from now, … [Read more...] about C’mon, Now. It’s Not the End of the World for the Nonprofit Arts Sector.
No one else cares what you do or how well you do it. They care about why your community is made better by you having done it. It’s college football season in the United States. Not the “beautiful game,” but a completely different game in which the foot is used on the ball sparingly. Still warmish in many places, possibly some wildfires and hurricanes still going on, but … [Read more...] about “But That’s Not What We Do.” – Indeed. And That’s Why You’re Closing, Nonprofit Arts Organizations.
Desperation can cause bad and even damaging ideas. Sometimes, those ideas get funded. And then there’s this. I read recently that an informal group that calls itself the Professional Non-Profit Theater Coalition has put forth an effort to get $500,000,000 (five hundred million dollars) per year allocated to nonprofit theater organizations in America. The group has … [Read more...] about $500,000,000 a Year for Five Years for Nonprofit Theaters? Wow, Is That Ever a Bad Idea.