Category Archive: Economics

Musicians with or without Day Jobs

In today’s edition of You’ve Cott Mail, there’s a piece which focuses on artists and their day jobs. The piece discusses the recent Arts Data Profile #3 by the NEA which surveyed 60,000… Continue reading

San Diego Opera, again…

In my piece “Opera: ‘I’m Not Dead’” post, i mentioned a guest post at Bill Eddins Sticks and Drones guest blog by Viswa Subarraman, conductor and Artistic Director of the Skylight Music Theatre… Continue reading

Orchestra 990 Database Project

I’d been meaning to blog about this especially given how often those of us who blog or talk about arts organizations and finances discuss economic issues in the field, but as a last… Continue reading

Creativity, Craftmanship, and Copying

Michael Rushton’s recent post says some wonderful things about the problem of focusing on either Creativity or Quantification. Creativity is a wonderful thing, but successful songwriters, playwrights, poets, video game designers and chefs,… Continue reading

Grant and Hettinger: Table I. Number of Symphony Orchestras Existing in 1937

This is a mess. We can even set aside the issues I’ve brought up regarding the lack of inclusion of WPA and other federally funded orchestras, this Table should give anyone pause just… Continue reading

…or maybe the Musical Long Tail is partially hidden…

In my previous post, I reflected on the growing disparity of revenue earned by musicians through the traditional channels of recordings and live concerts. It seems that we’re seeing things skewed towards Superstars… Continue reading

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