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Financial Adaptation

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(The following remarks were given at the 2013 TCG National Conference in Dallas at the opening homeroom session of the Financial Adaptation arc.) Financial Adaptation – It seems that’s what we’re all here to talk about. But what does that mean? Dictionary: “the act of adapting; the state of being adapted; adjustment; something produced by [...]

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(Adam Thurman gave the following remarks at the opening Homeroom of the Financial Adaptation arc at the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas.) Before I got into marketing, I was a lawyer. In that world, before a trial begins, sometimes the lawyers like to stipulate things to make them part of the official record. [...]

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When Truth Appears

by Adam Thurman June 7, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post is a part of the Financial Adaptation blog salon curated by Adam Thurman for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). There are many potholes on the road to Financial Adaptation.  One of the biggest is our unwillingness to be honest about the true challenges that we face.  The goal of the first day [...]

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Subscriptions going bust… or are they?
The Wall Street Journal didn’t tell the whole story

by Rick Lester June 3, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post, by TRG Arts CEO Rick Lester, was originally posted May 31 on the blog Analysis from TRG Arts. This post is a part of the Financial Adaptation blog salon curated by Adam Thurman for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). Terry Teachout, the drama critic at The Wall Street Journal, suggested a few weeks [...]

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Questions for Conversation on the Artist-Administrator Model

by Julie Otis May 31, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post is a part of the Financial Adaptation blog salon curated by Adam Thurman for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). The following questions will be asked at the learning session, The Evolving Artist/Administrator–if you can’t be there in person, please chime in with your answers in the comments below! After having built a [...]

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Adaptable + Replicable = Sustainable?

by Jane Jung May 30, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post is a part of the Financial Adaptation blog salon curated by Adam Thurman for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). “Beauty brings copies of itself into being.” ― Elaine Scarry, On Beauty and Being Just Over the past few years, Ping Chong + Company has ventured into new territories through the expansion of our documentary [...]

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Take a Flying Leap: Big Jumps and Baby Steps Towards Becoming an Independent Artist

by Chas Croslin May 29, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post is a part of the Financial Adaptation blog salon curated by Adam Thurman for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). Recently, I left gainful employment in arts administration to become an independent theatre artist and musician. I am certain that there are people who do this-earn a living by making theatre and music [...]

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Adaptation, Assumptions and A Conference

by Adam Thurman May 22, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post is a part of the Financial Adaptation blog salon curated by Adam Thurman for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). Adapt or Die. I hate that phrase. Don’t get me wrong, the phrase is true.  It’s as true now as it has ever been.  I hate it because it’s one of the pithy [...]

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Too Young to Sit at the Adult Table?

by Adam Natale May 15, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post is a part of the Financial Adaptation blog salon curated by Adam Thurman for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). I have a vast knowledge of the national theatre field.  I worked for the National Endowment for the Arts and have served on multiple significant grants panels.  I grew an organization from 2,000 [...]

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Gross $250k in a Single, Mission-Oriented Evening

by Beth Wood May 9, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post is a part of the Financial Adaptation blog salon curated by Adam Thurman for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). 20 venues, 300 artists, 150 volunteers, 40 restaurants, 930 guests and 12 staff members work together to create an unforgettable evening to celebrate the wealth of spirit in Northeast Ohio. Pandemonium – it’s [...]

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A proposed dialogue between Ensembles – Regional Theaters – Presenters – Agents

by John Flax May 9, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post is a part of the Financial Adaptation blog salon curated by Adam Thurman for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). I am the founding artistic director of Theater Grottesco, a Lecoq-based company formed in Paris in 1983. We create devised physical theater, producing one show a year. When we moved to the United [...]

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The Perpetual Start-Ups

by Dr. Brett Ashley Crawford April 30, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post is a part of the Financial Adaptation blog salon curated by Adam Thurman for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas). Organizations require successful financial and organizational structures to survive.  Much like their human staff, they cannot thrive on a restrictive diet.  Doing more with less results in weaker muscles and fatigue.  Rather, success [...]

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The Commonweal Artist/Administrator Model

by Harold N. Cropp April 29, 2013 Artistry & Artistic Innovation

As I prepare to assemble my thoughts for the session I’m leading on the Commonweal Theatre Company, I’m led to think about the whole genesis of our model that we call “the artist/administrator”. Serendipitously, Thomas Cott recently reposted Todd London’s “one for all and all for one and every man for himself”, which summarized nicely [...]

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Viewing the Bones

by Adam Thurman April 17, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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(This post is the first post of the Financial Adaptation arc #TCG13 blog salon–learn more here). Let’s start the conversation about the Financial Adaptation arc at the TCG Conference by discussing something that appears to be unrelated, real estate. First, a small confession.  I watch more than my fair share of HGTV.  I blame my [...]

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Timothy J. Shields to Lead Financial Adaptation Arc

by August Schulenburg April 16, 2013 Financial Adaptation
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We are thrilled to welcome Timothy J. Shields as the co-curator of the Financial Adaptation arc for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. To further focus our time June 6-8 together, we’ll organize breakout, affinity and plenary sessions into programmatic arcs. These arcs will offer a deep dive into these key areas—a [...]

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Pipe dream? I’m asking you.

by Kathy Janich April 9, 2013 Financial Adaptation

(This post is part of the National Conference blog salon focused on Financial Adaptation. Want to write your own post? Email Gus Schulenburg.) I wonder. I wonder how many of us in the nonprofit theater world woke up today and went to work to practice our craft — be it designer, director, dramaturg or actor [...]

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