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Artistic Vibrancy Self Reflection Tool

A self reflection tool for the performing arts sector. (from the Australia Council for the Arts)

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Defining Artistic Vibrancy

A discussion paper for the major performing arts sector. (from the Australia Council for the Arts)

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News and articles from Sametz Blackstone Associates

Timely features on branding, fundraising, development, and much more.

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Donor 3.0

Connecting with the prospects of today, and tomorrow, by Eric Norman
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Engaging Audiences

A recent Wallace Foundation conference gathered arts organizations that are responding creatively to the challenges of a difficult economic climate and building their audiences by using market research, re-branding, and drawing audience-building lessons from other sectors such as professional sports.

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Lucia Brawley Speech

Lucia Brawley delivers the keynote address at the biennial Music Educators Symposium at the Yale School of Music.

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A Strong Brand is Essential to Success—and Possibly Survival

In difficult economic times, a strong brand is no longer a luxury, or “nice-to-have” for cultural organizations—it’s a necessity

This reprint is excerpted from an article that originally appeared in The Voice of Chorus America, December 2008. By Brandon Walsh and Roger Sametz

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Audience Motivation Research Project

This project seeks to uncover and pinpoint the deepest motivators, inhibitors, and other factors influencing attendance at classical orchestral concerts.

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The Kids Play Great. But That Music . . .

A humorous description of a parent's experience attending a child's school concerts

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Three Rs Are Essential, but Don't Forget the A -- the Arts

Elliot Eisner describes the lessons that the arts teach

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