Author Archives: Alan Brown

Our work in the classical music field deepened greatly over the past year, leading to more questions and a few revelations. One of those revelations, which arose from several studies of the music preferences and concert-going habits of younger adults, … Continue reading

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It seems that almost every live performance I attend ends with a standing ovation. My British friends, with a tinge of cultural imperialism, are quick to point out that this is a uniquely American phenomenon (another hypothesis to refute). I … Continue reading

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Several weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio, a group of leaders in the jazz field gathered together to consider the results of WolfBrown’s new study of jazz audiences commissioned by Jazz Arts Group. The Columbus Foundation supported the convening, and the … Continue reading

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Japan is on my mind, with great sorrow. It is hard to carry on knowing the devastation being endured, and the possibility of even greater catastrophe. Of course, the specter of disaster follows us all around, especially those of us … Continue reading

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This past Friday at the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in New York City, I was thrilled to participate in a forward-looking discussion about the pivotal role that venues and settings play in performing arts experiences.  … Continue reading

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Over the past year, Rebecca and I have been hard at work on a major study of Bay Area donors.  The results were released last week, and we’ve created a special page on our website where you can download the … Continue reading

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Are we at the cusp of a new, more democratic model of funding the arts?  Several weeks ago, Joe Kluger wrote about Pepsi and other corporations that are using social media to crowd-source grantmaking.  Power to the people?  Not so … Continue reading

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how nonprofit arts groups account for grant funds and other capital investments.  Everyone in the business sector understands the need for raising capital funds – through issuing stock or assuming debt – to … Continue reading

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I’m thrilled to announce that Bill Keens’ new book, “Herding Cats and Cougars – How to Survive the Meeting You Are Running While Mastering the Art of Facilitation,” is now available. At our request, Bill has prepared a special preview version especially … Continue reading

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A few months ago on a speaking trip to Australia, I had the pleasure of meeting with Nick Herd, Director, Research and Strategic Analysis for the Australia Council for the Arts, and several of his colleagues in Sydney.  Among the … Continue reading

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