Current Trends

Arts in Government

It seems appropriate now that the Presidential election is coming up to bring up some recent findings on where some people stand on the arts and nonprofit issues. What are your thoughts on government support for the arts?

  • An interesting post in the Nonprofit Times by John H. Grahm IV about taxing donors. Members of congress have discussed closing tax loopholes for nonprofits for years, but to say its a loophole may be untruthful, because both sides see taxing donors as a way to increase revenues and reduce government.
  • Props to the Americans for the Arts for their “Congressional Report Card” published in September of 2012. This report gives each representative a grade from A to F based on their track record of supporting the arts by positive action, or not taking any action at all. But, while support for the arts is often a local issue, its important to see where these people stand. Read or download the full report to find your own representatives.
  • I have seen this post from the Chronicle of Philanthropy being passed around a lot lately. If you were wondering Where the 2012 Presidential Candidates Stand on Key Nonprofit Issues, look no further. Barack Obama proposed slight increases in spending on the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities in his 2013 budget. Mitt Romney would seek “deep reductions” in the subsidies for the National Endowment for the Arts.

On the Crisis in Orchestra Management 

  • Recent troubles over financial issues that we have seen from orchestras across the nation have resulted in lockouts, season closings/delays and negative publicity for the “classical world.” However, in a great article on the ICSOM website, Bruce Ridge talks on these issues and makes a case for resiliency, solidarity and hope for the management field. It’s encouraging to see that the spotlight should change from the publicity of the failing organizations to a community can interact with its musicians, audience, and administration. The argument needs to be made for our art as a crucial part of American culture and relationships can follow. In reality, American Orchestras have withstood the negative comments since the early 1900’s. Why prepare to “deal” with a more bleak looking future when you can “see every crisis as an opportunity.”
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Arts administrator with experience in concert production, event planning, website development, and grant writing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a trombone performance minor from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He continues to study trombone with Bryan Bourne, former principal trombonist of “The President’s Own Marine Band,” and perform with the Chesapeake Orchestra in Leonardtown, MD. He is an Honorary Member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and is passionate about reading, international travel, and a great cup of coffee.

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3 comments on “Current Trends
  1. Catherine says:

    “Props to the Americans for the Arts for their “Congressional Report Card” published in September of 2012.” & “see every crisis as an opportunity.” Yes!!

  2. Catherine says:

    P.S. You have raised several good points! I’m glad people (such as yourself!) are thinking about and sharing ideas to improve the orchestra world. I just “reblogged” a post about brand building and added my two cents at the bottom. http://wp.me/s2kyhh-1656

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Andrew Llewellyn

Andrew Llewellyn

Arts administrator with experience in concert production, event planning, website development, and grant writing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a trombone performance minor from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He continues to study trombone with Bryan Bourne, former principal trombonist of “The President’s Own Marine Band,” and perform with the Chesapeake Orchestra in Leonardtown, MD. He is an Honorary Member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and is passionate about reading, international travel, and a great cup of coffee.

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