My Conference: Operations

Constituency Liaison: James Barry
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All Operations Meetings are sponsored by Corporation for International Business

Wednesday, June 16th

Meeting 1                   


Building and Maintaining a Positive Environment for our Enterprise

In the current environment, where the financial pressures on our orchestras that have led to re-opened contracts, adjustments in services and pay, low morale, and a sense of institutional vulnerability, what are the roles and responsibilities of general managers and operations personnel in helping to maintain a positive and optimistic attitude among our multiple constituencies.

Elizabeth B. Warshawer, executive vice president, Curtis Institute of Music
Session shared with General Managers

Meeting 2


Pops Programming with Embellishments

Many of us are experiencing an increased demand for pops concerts with multiple enhancements – particularly visuals, yet we struggle to find artists and packages of high quality and reasonable cost.

What are some “best options” out there, and how can we share experiences?

Erin Kacenga Ozment, artistic administrator, National Symphony Orchestra

Session shared with General Managers

Thursday, June 17th

Meeting 3


Digital Rights: Recording and Broadcast Agreements
The constantly changing world of electronic media distribution and consumption is mandating that orchestral music content creators – including conductors, soloists, musicians, agents, composers, and publishers – pursue collaborative, creative, and non-traditional ways to address rights, financial modeling, and product distribution.

This session will frame different approaches to bringing the various groups together to set shared electronic media goals and strategies, and streamline processes for implementing the electronic media projects successfully.

Jonathan Brill, executive vice president, manager, artists and conductors, Opus 3 Artists; Joe Kluger, electronic media consultant; Robert Levine, principal viola, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; John Sparrow, vice president of orchestra initiatives and general manager, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Session shared with Artistic Administrators, Conductors, Musicians, General Managers, Artist Managers, and Publishers

Meeting 4


Ten Steps to Legal Enlightenment: Understanding the Most Common Legal Mistakes

With expertise in representing and counseling clients in all areas and aspects of entertainment and the performing arts, from presenting to management, from artists to producers, Brian Taylor Goldstein will be sharing his list of the top ten most common mistakes and misunderstanding that continue to confound and confuse orchestras and ensembles. He will cover such important areas as contracts, copyrights, and visas, as well as address your specific questions and concerns in an open forum that will leave you entertained, enlightened, and empowered.

Brian Goldstein, principal, FTM Arts Law

Session shared with General Managers

Friday, June 18th

Meeting 5


Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable discussions afford you the opportunity to address the issues that are top of mind for you. Among the topics that might be explored are:

  • List serve – the next step
  • Managing new music logistics
  • Working smarter, not harder
  • MOLA – librarians as a key operational resource

Rebecca Beavers, principal librarian, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Julie Fish, orchestra manager, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra