Wednesday, May 11, 2011

In the age of (business) enlightenment

Arts organizations today continue to struggle to speak the language of the business world.  After an incredibly enlightening session with Don McLean the newly appointed dean of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto (BTW he is the guy who got $20M from Seymour Schulich for McGill Universities Schulich School of Music), I am convinced that by changing our language while being strongly committed to a vision will allow arts to thrive in this 21st C.

Another guy who is "gets it" is Jeff Melanson who recently accepted the post of President and CEO of the Banff Centre as reported today in the Globe and Mail.  
...His core message has been consistent: Artists and arts organizations need government subsidies, but they must also become more entrepreneurial and work harder at finding new sources of funding.
I think the age-old saying "let's think outside the box" is most appropriate...

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