Things to do while you’re stuck at home

For those who suddenly find themselves with time on their hands because rehearsals and performances have been canceled, cabin fever is a danger almost as scary as the coronavirus. Here are a few things that might help you make the most of this time “off”:

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

One guy’s opinion

One pastor has decided that church musicians should not only play and sing for free, but that they should be condemned if they don’t. This is quite a stretch, and doesn’t hold water biblically, historically or ethically. The online backlash has been considerable, and our own post on the List’s Facebook page has gotten more … Read more

Face-to-face with “as long as possible”

Planning on working well into retirement? We hear this a lot from classical pros of all kinds, including singers. The “plan” may be to work for as long as you can, but is that really a plan? The fact is, you and your current streams of income will likely stop before you drop. And you … Read more

Org your org with a colorful tech tool

I tripped over Airtable on Facebook the other day, and have been playing around with it to see if it might help small arts organizations do something that for many, seems very mysterious:  making sense of their staff structure.  It is, after all, the start of the new season, and plenty of folks in the … Read more

What the budget bills mean for the arts

In the current political climate, no one can afford to ignore the news, and artists and presenters of all sorts should be keeping a close eye on Capitol Hill.  One of the watchdog organizations that can help us understand the intricate machine that is government is Americans for the Arts, and their recent email blast … Read more

Happy inauguration day

It’s been a tumultuous year, and this presidential election has been one of the most divisive in history.  Due to the diverse nature of the Listerhood, we tend to shy away from political issues on this blog. But with the broad statements and aggressive agendas being released by the new Trump administration that deeply affect … Read more

4 nonprofit myths artists should abandon, pronto

It’s safe to say that Lauri’s List is a fairly unique endeavor, and it leads to some interesting conversations as the Team and I traverse the wilds of SoCal.  One of the topics that comes up quite regularly is that of nonprofit (tax-exempt) status, and I’ve been fascinated by the opportunity to observe current attitudes … Read more

Jobs and artists, Part 4: Benefits & advantages of the day job

We’ve looked at the market, the struggle, and the reality that many talented, legitimate performers may need to maintain a more steady income than freelance performance can provide.  But also, consider the fact that a regular job may offer both clear and less obvious advantages. Of course, the money helps. But the multitude of benefits … Read more

Jobs and artists, Part 2: Market realities

As we pointed out last week (amid a storm of opinions and frustration over the current arts job market), times are tough for classical music.  But this isn’t actually anything new — times are often tough for artists, and the only way to cope for the long-term is to know what’s going on, plan ahead, … Read more

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