Book: And the Band Stopped Playing

Dr. Thomas Wolf, Nancy Glaze


Wolf, Keens & Company

The Rise and Fall of the San Jose Symphony

Though this is a book about a specific orchestra in a particular city, it contains lessons for arts organizations and nonprofits in many fields. It is also directed at the funders that support them. This is a challenging time for the nonprofit sector, especially symphony orchestras. But it is also a time of great opportunity for innovation and experimentation. The authors are impressed by the many examples of nonprofit institutions that are redefining what it means to be central to those who live in their communities. They applaud the many leaders — professional and volunteer, artistic and administrative — that make innovation and excellence possible.

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