One smile fading

While some indicators in the arts are looking promising and we’re generally feeling vibes of a more hopeful arts community, not everything is moving forward, and the latest casualty is a “set it and forget” charity program that has, in theory, supported quite a few arts orgs in the Southland, across the US, and beyond. … Read more

Great big grant for LA Master Chorale

More than $2.5mil has been granted to the Los Angeles Master Chorale by the Perenchio Foundation over the course of multiple years. This is the largest gift in the organization’s history.

October download

You’ve all heard us harangue you about how much every performer needs a website. It’s true, and I’m standing my ground. You really do need one. But here’s a little tool that can actually help you get started. Our conversations with various Listers over the years have shown that one of the biggest stumbling blocks … Read more

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

Podcast reboots with Pacific Chorale

Due to non-List issues over the last year, we’ve had to set our launched-too-soon podcast aside for a bit, but we’re back! Check out the latest episode, where Lauri talks with Pacific Chorale’s President & CEO, Andrew Brown, about this year’s Grammy┬« award, what that means to be the first organization in Orange County to … Read more

Buying Your Own Message

“You don’t feel like a realtor yet,” I said to a friend recently, and then I watched his whole face change.  While he’d been licensed and practicing for six months, it was true:  he hadn’t yet made the shift in his own mind.  And it was getting in the way of his marketing. This happens … Read more

That time when the orchestra put their collective foot down

I was talking to a longtime colleague recently, when we both remembered a rehearsal day from many years ago that was truly unusual: Singing a large work with a world-class orchestra, the artistic director raised his baton after the break and shared with all of us an open letter signed by most of the members … Read more

Dive into your task list with a monthly AFD (Action-Focused Day)

Planning is absolutely essential. But you can’t stop there. If you’re spending too much time making and organizing your lists and notes rather than taking action to check those things off, here’s a way to reset on a regular basis: It’s an ACTION-FOCUSED DAY. The technique is simple, and you’d do well to make room … Read more

Thoughts on disruption

It’s been a very big week for SoCal arts, with both happy and sad news aplenty. But we’re used to some shaking, right? The Colburn School announced a mammoth $350 million expansion with the help of some architect named Frank Gehry (oh yeah, he’s that guy who likes silver buildings…). Long Beach Opera canceled their … Read more

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