Category Archives: Performing Arts Mean Business

My thoughts and research on the business, history, and future of the performing arts.

Sympathetic (or Opportunistic?) Pricing

The post embedded below is fascinating (original link), although the idea that sympathetic pricing is an emerging trend seems somewhat sensationalized given that not-for-profits — especially arts organizations — have been offering discounted and free tickets to many underserved populations … Continue reading

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5 Counterintuitive Steps to Becoming A Resilient Organization

Kenneth J. Foster, current Director of the USC Thornton School of Music Arts Leadership Program, former executive director of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for nearly ten years, former Chair of the Board of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and all-around arts … Continue reading

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A Survey of Wisconsin Arts Patrons: Who They Are, What They Want, and How to Give It To Them

For my master’s thesis a few years ago, I investigated why arts patrons in Wisconsin buy tickets to live arts performances. After received 2,539 survey responses, I was able to pull meaningful information into a cohesive look at the live arts … Continue reading

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