Author Archives: Alan Brown

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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If you want to put a room full of artistic and managing directors to sleep, start talking about evaluation. While most of them care deeply about the impacts of their programs, talk of evaluation reliably produces anesthesia. Why? Some say … Continue reading

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Several weeks ago I visited Catherine Bunting, head of research for Arts Council England (ACE), in her London office. We compared our research ‘wish lists’ and talked about the growing demands of public and private sector authorizers in both of … Continue reading

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Dance has been on my mind a lot lately as important findings about dance seem to pop out of our research efforts on a regular basis. A study of Dallas public school children commissioned by Big Thought found broad interest … Continue reading

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On January 11th at the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse University, gave a fantastic speech about how presenters, universities, and communities can work together to achieve a higher purpose of creativity. … Continue reading

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