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Taking up residence with Eighth Blackbird

Description: This case study profiles a pair of contrasting artist residency agreements in the portfolio of a single musical arts organization—the contemporary chamber music sextet Eighth Blackbird. It examines the nature and outcomes of the residencies and assess the merits of the organization’s arrangements with their hosts.
Date: 2016
Creator: Anderson, Michael Alan, 1975-
Partner: UNT Libraries

After Monetization: The New Recording Landscape for Artists

Description: This case study examines some perspectives on the recording industry, particularly as it relates to musicians navigating the new landscape heavily impacted by digital service providers. The study begins with an investigation of digital streaming models and continues by surveying traditional record labels in light of advancements in the digital realm. The reader then encounters the company ArtistShare, which offers recording artists a chance to cultivate relationships with a close circle of patrons, in contrast to the global, less personalized reach of streaming media. The case concludes with consideration of what the industry presents to a performer committed to a musical niche.
Date: 2017
Creator: Anderson, Michael Alan, 1975-
Partner: UNT Libraries

Musical Chairs: Rostering Break of Reality

Description: This case examines the rostering system developed by Break of Reality, a cross-genre chamber quartet. The group’s two co-founders are core members of the organization while the other two seats rotate among seven independent contractors. The advantages and drawbacks of Break of Reality’s roster system form the substance of the case.
Date: 2017
Creator: Koerner, Blaire, 1990-
Partner: UNT Libraries

My House is Your House: Groupmuse’s Revival of Chamber Music

Description: Groupmuse provides musical events for young audiences in intimate listening environments. Prompted by an external study of the organization, the group’s CEO is considering rolling out Groupmuse into the Los Angeles market. Without contacts and staff in Los Angeles however, the CEO is concerned that expansion into this market would mean losing a grip on the tightly managed nature of Groupmuse. This case explores the philosophy behind Groupmuse and the rationale to expand into new markets.
Date: 2017
Creator: Anderson, Michael Alan, 1975-
Partner: UNT Libraries

Omaha Under the Radar: Localizing an Experimental Arts Festival

Description: Founded in 2014, Omaha Under the Radar is an experimental arts festival that seeks to empower leading-edge performers in Nebraska’s largest city and educate local audiences through avant-garde programs. The early success of the summer festival has rested on its innovative programming, venue partnerships, and community education. In addition to the local artists it promotes, Omaha Under the Radar solicits performers from around the country to contribute to the festival. This study examines how the festival organizers continue to focus on the local community in the face of increasing national interest from outside performers. The case concludes with a scenario involving a large, unrestricted gift that could challenge the organizational priorities of the festival.
Date: 2017
Creator: Pierick, Phil, 1987-
Partner: UNT Libraries

Expanding Musical Explorers at Carnegie Hall

Description: As the education arm of Carnegie Hall, the Weill Music Institute (WMI) offers a diverse portfolio of music education and social impact programs. The WMI team is planning to expand a New York City-based education program, Musical Explorers, which serves students in grades K-2. While Musical Explorers could be scaled using a similar formula to Link Up, the program involves local artists and other considerations that set it apart from its sister program at WMI. After examining the structure of the program, the case unveils different plans for expanding Musical Explorers.
Date: 2017
Creator: Laprade, Eric, 1986-
Partner: UNT Libraries

UMS Renegade: Building a Brand of Cutting-Edge Performances

Description: This case profiles the University Musical Society (UMS), a performing arts presenter based at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Throughout its history, UMS has programmed uncommon and contemporary works of many kinds. In 2011, these efforts took a significant step forward with the launch of Renegade, performances that feature provocative artistic works. The case traces the development of Renegade, detailing its genesis, programming process, and marketing tactics.
Date: 2016
Creator: Laprade, Eric, 1986-
Partner: UNT Libraries

Getting on Board with National Sawdust

Description: This case study examines the inner-workings of the board of directors of National Sawdust, a contemporary music venue, during the organization’s infancy. In August 2016, the board determined that one of its chief priorities for the year ahead was expanding its membership from 18 to 25 directors. The study reveals expectations of National Sawdust’s board members and issues around recruitment and accountability.
Date: 2017
Creator: Koerner, Blaire, 1990-
Partner: UNT Libraries

At the Core: Contract Negotiations at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Description: This case profiles the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO), which serves residents in the state of Connecticut and southern Massachusetts and represents one of the largest orchestras in New England. Several unique elements of its organizational structure are revealed, before focusing on a set of contract negotiations that hinge on its “core” of 33 members.
Date: 2016
Creator: Anderson, Michael Alan, 1975-
Partner: UNT Libraries