(Re-Examining) Co-Leadership As An Organizational Model

(Re-Examining) Co-Leadership As An Organizational Model

Given the concerning lack of transition planning for leadership, there is increasing discussion about how general non-profits should adopt a shared leadership model, in some cases citing the example of the performing arts. In the meantime, many performing arts organizations have been moving in the opposite direction consolidating artistic and business management roles into a single person in order to save money. The performing arts model, as well as some of those suggested in the other articles I have linked to, tend to have the roles separated along right brain/left brain responsibilities … Read more

Trust Is More Important To A Box Office Than Ticket Stock

Trust Is More Important To A Box Office Than Ticket Stock

It is often stated that front of house operations are among the most important for a performing arts entity because it is the first point of contact the general public has with the organization.  Front of House staff generally encompasses the ticket office, ushers, concessions/merchandising and activities related to them (valet parking, for example). It isn’t just a matter of public relations. Some of the front of house staff are also responsible for the safety of the audience in the event of an emergency. Those who directly supervise staff in these areas … Read more

What Does Your 990 Say About You

What Does Your 990 Say About You?

If you are like most, you may view the 990 filing for your non-profit organization like you view filing your income taxes–an annoying, burdensome task best handled by an accountant. The difference is, you aren’t obligated to make your personal tax filing available for review by anyone who asks like you are with your organization’s 990. Given that the 990 filings are available online at sites like Guidestar, you aren’t even necessarily aware of who is looking at your filings. The forms actually tell people a lot about you.  One of the … Read more

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