Arts Summit could result in more county investment in the arts

The 2022 Arts and Health Week Summit. Photo by Taso Papadakis.

At this year’s “Arts and Health Week”, hosted by the LA County Dept of Arts & Culture, county supervisor Hilda J. Solis stumped for more arts in county services. Solis has long been an avid supporter of the arts, and ,the suggestion will take some time. But it’s always good to see more discussion of the essential nature of creative life… in the rest of life

Performers are laborers, too

It’s Labor Day! This is a holiday that is “celebrated”, most often with burgers, hotdogs, sales on patio furniture and beating-the-heat summer fun, but is actually little acknowledged for its true purpose: it was established in the 19th century, to recognize the contributions of workers, and mark an awareness of the simple fact that some … Read more

Arts orgs take a stand

The importance of the organizational solidarity statement, particularly in the arts. We’ve seen a lot of signs recently — they’re everywhere, and both literal and symbolic. But one has taken precedence, and it is taking shape in windows, on websites, social media pages, in printed materials and on anything that will stand still. With the … Read more

Diversity and Inclusion: Learn more and take action

Want to learn more about Diversity and Inclusion? The world will need more experts in this discipline, now more than ever. These links can get you started: Here’s a list of 9 free online courses Americans for the Arts can help you find Equity Training Consultants OPERA America has gathered a collection of resources for … Read more

Finding your artistic match, even at a distance

We’ve talked about using a sort of “buddy system” before, and some our coaching clients have had discussions about “work clusters” and the power of reciprocity: Working with others, in any artistic climate, can mean an extraordinary difference to not only your output, but to your outlook.  The fact is, working with colleagues in a … Read more

WWD: An overview

In the interest of transparency, this post must start with a very personal tone, aka “it’s all about me”. But don’t worry — we’ll get back to all of you right quick. It has taken about three weeks for me to get my own life and current situation identified and dealt with, so while most … Read more

Time to speak up

Sharing this information from Chamber Music America (with thanks!). If ever there was a time for bipartisan action, it’s right now! Paid Leave Provisions Included in Bipartisan Federal COVID-19 Relief Package On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package that includes:  mandated emergency paid leave for employees for qualified sick leave, … Read more

Coronavirus and the arts

It’s been a very rough week, and with Governor Gavin Newsom’s Wednesday night mandate that all gatherings of 250 people or more be canceled, at least through March 31st, most arts events across the state are on lockdown. We’ve posted today’s announcement from LA’s Music Center, closing all of the DTLA hub’s performing arts venues, … Read more

Speak up now about AB5

Echoing an important Facebook post here today. (You’ve Liked us on Facebook, right?) It’ll speak for itself: Want to learn more? There are lots of ways to get involved, and online groups that are sharing stories and organizing discussions. This group, the California Independent Music Professionals United, includes a whole lotta Listers already, and is … Read more

Does your website address end in .org? Don’t panic

Are you panicking? Read the headline again. Due to news stories like this fairly reasonable one from CNN, there seem to be some rumors afoot, with wild tales of skyrocketing website costs and even targeting of nonprofits by the tech industry. But slow down, and leave the freaking out to the music directors who are … Read more

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