Author Archives: Tom Wolf

I spent much of last summer engrossed in the new biography of Arturo Toscanini, the legendary conductor, which was reviewed in the New York Times last June. At over 900 pages, the biography by Harvey Sachs has represented quite an … Continue reading

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During a recent trip abroad, I attended a New Year’s Eve concert at London’s historic Wigmore Hall. I was especially looking forward to it since it was the location of London debuts of several of my relatives who had always … Continue reading

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Marc Goldring’s insightful “look back” on his decades of working in the cultural sector is characteristic of the wisdom he always has brought to his consulting work — first for the fledgling Wolf Organization, then, after a merger, with Wolf, … Continue reading

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How does one go about teaching principles of fund raising to 40,000 students in over 100 countries? That was the dilemma I faced when I was approached by Philanthropy University, an entity that bills itself as “a free, first-of-its kind educational … Continue reading

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News from the world of symphony orchestras has not been rosy in recent years. Some orchestras closed their doors (Honolulu, Syracuse, Albuquerque); others have had debilitating strikes (Detroit, Minnesota, Atlanta). In many cases, the number of salaried players is at … Continue reading

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How do you make a compelling exhibition about one of the greatest movies of all times based primarily on printed material? This was the dilemma facing our client, The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, whose holdings include … Continue reading

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In an age when digitization can make near perfect copies of things, why should an original be so much more highly valued than a copy? If a copy is so accurate that it requires machines and chemical tests to determine its … Continue reading

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There is a hunger among our clients for more and better data not only about their individual organizations but about their arts disciplines and the cultural sector as a whole. With respect to the sector, the Cultural Data Project has, since 2001, … Continue reading

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This past summer, Peter Buffett’s piece in the New York Times about the so-called charitable-industrial complex was an unusual example of one of the class of super-rich taking his peers to task for their self-important, often ineffective approach to using a fraction … Continue reading

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In the Cambridge office of WolfBrown, we have been pursuing two complementary lines of work: the transformation of great 19th and 20th century institutions into 21st century organizations, and building the civic functions of those same organizations. Throughout the last … Continue reading

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