Category Archives: Arts funding

The Ouroboros Last: Good Business Practices and the Arts

I was honored to be invited to deliver the keynote remarks at the UW-Madison Bolz Center’s Arts Business Research Symposium March 13-14.  I previewed those remarks here and have posted the full text serially over the last several days. The talk was originally titled … Continue reading

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The Ouroboros 5: Landscape of Arts Entrepreneurship Practice

I was honored to be invited to deliver the keynote remarks at the UW-Madison Bolz Center’s Arts Business Research Symposium March 13-14.  I previewed those remarks here and am posting the full text serially over the next several days. The talk was originally titled … Continue reading

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Assets, Tangible and Not

Poet, performer, and critic Claudia La Rocco said at a recent Pave event, “Not everything can be monetized; not everything should be.”  There are, indeed, many ways to consider “value,” and monetization is only one metric.  However, some things that … Continue reading

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Pave’s Arizona Art Tank Pitch

I recently participated in “Art Tank,” an innovative funding initiative from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.  Barry’s Blog provides some excellent coverage of the program, which is designed to fund “business unusual” arts projects throughout the state.  On January … Continue reading

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Who Benefits?

Last week, a triptych by Francis Bacon, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” sold at auction for $142.4 million, a record auction price.  The seller, an unnamed collector in Rome, gains significantly from the transaction as does the auction house and … Continue reading

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Dinner Conversation

On September 6, twelve arts and culture activists/leaders/thinkers gathered at the Djerassi Artist’s Retreat at the invitation of Barry Hessenius to discuss the following question: Traditional audiences are declining and participation patterns are shifting seismically, which is having a deleterious … Continue reading

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When Either/Or Hits Close to Home

I concluded my recent refutation of Peter Singer’s “Good Charity/Bad Charity” with the assertion “I believe that altruists don’t choose between, they choose both.”  A subsequent experience seemingly refutes but then supports that statement.  A friend, not a particularly close … Continue reading

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“Arts Groups Struggle to Stay Relevant”

“Arts Groups Struggle to Stay Relevant,” is the title of a recent column by Kerry Lengel, theatre critic for the Arizona Republic.  In it, he summarizes the challenges facing the arts and culture community of the region due to significant … Continue reading

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Either/Or or And

“Opportunity cost” is a basic concept in economics in which one considers the cost of doing one thing as the cost of not-doing something else.  It involves a binary decision: if I do X, I do not do Y.  This … Continue reading

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Follow-up on Nonprofit/Commercial Coexistence

In a post in June, I suggested that Commercial productions that benefit from nonprofit development pay a certain amount of after-cost profit into a fund, perhaps administered by an organization like Creative Capital or Doris Duke or even an agency … Continue reading

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