Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sixteen-months of Stage Money Links

The Road

On the Road, Actors Seek Higher Pay - NYTimes.com

How a theatre fan from Montreal became a Broadway power broker - The Globe and Mail

How ‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ Was Suddenly Canceled - NYTimes.com

Ahead of Tony Nominations, a Look at the Broadway Box Office - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com

NBCUniversal Expands Live Theater Under Robert Greenblatt | Deadline

Shortage of Spotlights for Actors | Jillian Sanders

Out of Town but Not Out of ‘Times’ | AMERICAN THEATRE

Ask if it’s Equity—Maybe | HowlRound

NFP

Art Center Waco tiptoes toward downtown relocation - WacoTrib.com: Business

» Another Sad Farewell For August Wilson Howard Sherman

Beleaguered Louisiana ArtWorks heads to the auction block on Dec. 3 | NOLA.com

Theater of the Stars files for bankruptcy - CBS Atlanta News

$35M fundraising deadline nears for Greensboro performing arts center - Greensboro - The Business Journal

Chillicothe Civic Theatre buys South Walnut Street facility | The Chillicothe Gazette | chillicothegazette.com

Founder of Avant-Garde Theater Tackles a New Scene - NYTimes.com

Guthrie Theater furloughs most of its full-time employees for a week | Star Tribune

Conservator asks to liquidate August Wilson Center assets - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Theater: Twin Cities actors bail out for better gigs | Star Tribune

The Artful Manager | Disassembling something that nobody owns

Cleveland’s Thriving Theater Hub Lures Residents - NYTimes.com

NEA Captures Data on Artists with Day Jobs

Bank forecloses on Suzanne Roberts Theatre

North Carolina Theatre struggles to recover from recession - Triangle Business Journal

How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation - Legal Book - Nolo

Innovative Carolina Actors Studio Theatre will shut down this month | Region | The State

San Jose Rep shuts down, files for bankruptcy - San Jose Mercury News

Charlotte Set to Lose a Nonprofit Theater with Strong Area Ties - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

San Jose Repertory Theatre closes down in surprise move - San Jose Mercury News

Philadelphia Theatre Company's future still uncertain

Local theater community rallies behind Philadelphia Theater Company

The death of CAST | Cover story | Creative Loafing Charlotte

Heller Theatre Company takes first step toward nonprofit status - Tulsa World: Arts And Entertainment

Grand Jury Recommends Board Terminate Nonprofit Exec - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

It May Be a Nonprofit Theater, but the Tickets Look For-Profit - NYTimes.com

Mamet letter forces Alchemist to cancel 'Oleanna' after 1 performance

Balagan Theatre amassed unpaid bills of $340K | The Arts | The Seattle Times

Stifled by debt, Georgia Shakespeare calls it curtains after 29 years | Atlanta Arts and Culture Blog

Big Bucks for Theater Chiefs Draw Criticism as Sign of Excess - Bloomberg

What It Takes to Keep a Community Theater Running - WSJ - WSJ

The Daily Northwestern : Next Theatre Company closes after financial troubles

After four years, a dinner theater reopens in Wisconsin Dells : Wsj

Does Kansas City have too much theater? | The Kansas City Star

A Tale of Two Cities | Michael Kaiser

Attending My Own Wake: The End of an Ensemble | HowlRound

Second Stage in Push for Money to Buy Helen Hayes - NYTimes.com

Curtain call: Actors Theatre closes after nearly 30 years - Phoenix Business Journal

Second Stage Hopes $58 Million Plan Aids American Playwrights - NYTimes.com

Can serious plays survive at Arena Stage and the Shakespeare Theatre Company? - The Washington Post

Black Theaters Struggling to Survive - The Root

Future of Chicago Dramatists Theatre Company - chicagotribune.com

Putting on a show: a timeline of how Phoenix theater companies produce performances | Downtown Devil

Philadelphia Theatre Company edging away from the brink

Financial woes threaten to close nonprofit children's theater - CBS 5 - KPHO

Golden age for suburban musicals in Chicago - Chicago Tribune

Black Theaters Struggling to Survive - The Root

Future of Chicago Dramatists Theatre Company - chicagotribune.com

Art Center Waco tiptoes toward downtown relocation - WacoTrib.com: Business

Putting on a show: a timeline of how Phoenix theater companies produce performances | Downtown Devil

Beleaguered Louisiana ArtWorks heads to the auction block on Dec. 3 | NOLA.com

Musicals Couldn’t Be Hotter Off Broadway (by 7,000 Miles) - NYTimes.com

Theater of the Stars files for bankruptcy - CBS Atlanta News

$35M fundraising deadline nears for Greensboro performing arts center - Greensboro - The Business 
Journal

Chillicothe Civic Theatre buys South Walnut Street facility | The Chillicothe Gazette | chillicothegazette.com

Founder of Avant-Garde Theater Tackles a New Scene - NYTimes.com

Is Your Nonprofit Theater Headed for its Final Curtain Call? - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Guthrie Theater furloughs most of its full-time employees for a week | Star Tribune

Conservator asks to liquidate August Wilson Center assets - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Grand Jury Recommends Board Terminate Nonprofit Exec - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

It May Be a Nonprofit Theater, but the Tickets Look For-Profit - NYTimes.com

Theater: Twin Cities actors bail out for better gigs | Star Tribune

Cleveland’s Thriving Theater Hub Lures Residents - NYTimes.com

Who's Afraid of $15? by Brendan Kiley - Seattle News - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper

Bank forecloses on Suzanne Roberts Theatre

North Carolina Theatre struggles to recover from recession - Triangle Business Journal

Innovative Carolina Actors Studio Theatre will shut down this month | Region | The State

San Jose Rep shuts down, files for bankruptcy - San Jose Mercury News

Charlotte Set to Lose a Nonprofit Theater with Strong Area Ties - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

San Jose Repertory Theatre closes down in surprise move - San Jose Mercury News

Mamet letter forces Alchemist to cancel 'Oleanna' after 1 performance

Philadelphia Theatre Company's future still uncertain

Local theater community rallies behind Philadelphia Theater Company

The death of CAST | Cover story | Creative Loafing Charlotte

Heller Theatre Company takes first step toward nonprofit status - Tulsa World: Arts And Entertainment

Financial woes threaten to close nonprofit children's theater - CBS 5 - KPHO

Theater artists in Los Angeles call for major changes - LA Times

Balagan Theatre amassed unpaid bills of $340K | The Arts | The Seattle Times

Stifled by debt, Georgia Shakespeare calls it curtains after 29 years | Atlanta Arts and Culture Blog

Big Bucks for Theater Chiefs Draw Criticism as Sign of Excess - Bloomberg

What It Takes to Keep a Community Theater Running - WSJ - WSJ

Offering Playwrights a Better Deal - NYTimes.com

Finding Ways to Firmer Ground | AMERICAN THEATRE

The Daily Northwestern : Next Theatre Company closes after financial troubles

After four years, a dinner theater reopens in Wisconsin Dells : Wsj

Does Kansas City have too much theater? | The Kansas City Star

A Tale of Two Cities | Michael Kaiser


Attending My Own Wake: The End of an Ensemble | HowlRound

Uh-Oh, Oh No: Theatres Face Challenges at 2014 TCG Fall Forum | AMERICAN THEATRE

Philadelphia Theatre Company edging away from the brink

Curtain call: Actors Theatre closes after nearly 30 years - Phoenix Business Journal

Following 65 Years at the Jersey Shore, Surflight Theatre Is Forced to Shut Its Doors - Playbill.com

Actors' Equity imposes $9 minimum wage on L.A.'s 99-seat theaters - LA Times

Broadway


Results revealed: Macbeth on Broadway recouped . . . | The Producer's Perspective

Broadway's 'Big Fish' to Close Three Months After Opening - The Hollywood Reporter

A Monetary Autopsy of Spider-Man -- Vulture

'Pippin' Revival Recoups Investment - NYTimes.com

Musicals Couldn’t Be Hotter Off Broadway (by 7,000 Miles) - NYTimes.com

More Kids Are Attending Broadway Shows - WSJ.com

Hey, Stars, Be Nice to the Stagehands. You Might Need a Loan. - NYTimes.com

Korean Cash Takes Broadway Bows - NYTimes.com

'Lion King' 2013's top-grossing Broadway show - SFGate

Broadway's 'Glass Menagerie' Recoups Investment - NYTimes.com

All That Chat - THE BROADWAY LEAGUE REVEALS “THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE 
BROADWAY AUDIENCE” FOR 2012-2013 SEASON

How a theatre fan from Montreal became a Broadway power broker - The Globe and Mail

‘Aladdin’ and ‘Rocky’ Among Movies Inspiring Musicals - NYTimes.com

Ticket Pricing Puts ‘Lion King’ Atop Broadway’s Circle of Life - NYTimes.com

StubHub becomes a partner to ‘The Book of Mormon’ - The Washington Post

New York State Approves Tax Breaks for Live Theater Investors - Metropolis - WSJ

Broadway Shows Adding Thursday Matinees Starting in April - February 28, 2014 - NewYork.com

How ‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ Was Suddenly Canceled - NYTimes.com

Ahead of Tony Nominations, a Look at the Broadway Box Office - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com

Anger for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Cast, and a Black Eye for Its Promoter - NYTimes.com

Price of a Tony Won't Go Up for Prize Winners - NYTimes.com

Who is the Broadway Investor? Survey results revealed! | The Producer's Perspective

In Audiences on Broadway, Fewer Guys Among the Dolls - NYTimes.com

On Broadway Today, a Name Above the Title Isn’t That Hard to Get - NYTimes.com

A Few of the Producers of ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’ - NYTimes.com

Rules for Investing in a Broadway Production - NYTimes.com

Mathematician Posits Magic Formula for Broadway Hits | Variety

Tony Musicals | Piktochart Infographic Editor

MATILDA Recoups Broadway Investment!

Broadway's box offices say goodbye to a record-setting 2014 - Yahoo News

A Record Holiday Week for Broadway - NYTimes.com

Rylance's Shakespeare Shows Recoup on Broadway - NYTimes.com

‘Last Ship’ to Close on Broadway - NYTimes.com

A Broadway Show Pitches to Investors Online - NYTimes.com

Results revealed: Macbeth on Broadway recouped . . . | The Producer's Perspective

Broadway's 'Big Fish' to Close Three Months After Opening - The Hollywood Reporter

Of stage and screens: Broadway websites play leading role | Crain's New York Business

Does “revue” also mean “recoup”? | The Producer's Perspective

A Monetary Autopsy of Spider-Man -- Vulture

A Record Holiday Week for Broadway - NYTimes.com

'Pippin' Revival Recoups Investment - NYTimes.com

10 things Broadway won’t tell you - 10 things - MarketWatch

More Kids Are Attending Broadway Shows - WSJ.com

Hey, Stars, Be Nice to the Stagehands. You Might Need a Loan. - NYTimes.com

Korean Cash Takes Broadway Bows - NYTimes.com

'Lion King' 2013's top-grossing Broadway show - SFGate

Broadway's 'Glass Menagerie' Recoups Investment - NYTimes.com

All That Chat - THE BROADWAY LEAGUE REVEALS “THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE 
BROADWAY AUDIENCE” FOR 2012-2013 SEASON

Rylance's Shakespeare Shows Recoup on Broadway - NYTimes.com

Who is the Broadway Investor? Survey results revealed! | The Producer's Perspective

‘Aladdin’ and ‘Rocky’ Among Movies Inspiring Musicals - NYTimes.com

Ticket Pricing Puts ‘Lion King’ Atop Broadway’s Circle of Life - NYTimes.com

StubHub becomes a partner to ‘The Book of Mormon’ - The Washington Post

In Audiences on Broadway, Fewer Guys Among the Dolls - NYTimes.com

New York State Approves Tax Breaks for Live Theater Investors - Metropolis - WSJ

Broadway Shows Adding Thursday Matinees Starting in April - February 28, 2014 - NewYork.com

Anger for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Cast, and a Black Eye for Its Promoter - NYTimes.com

How often do the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Winners predict the Tony Award winners? | The 
Producer's Perspective

Price of a Tony Won't Go Up for Prize Winners - NYTimes.com

A Broadway Show Pitches to Investors Online - NYTimes.com

On Broadway Today, a Name Above the Title Isn’t That Hard to Get - NYTimes.com

A Few of the Producers of ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’ - NYTimes.com

Rules for Investing in a Broadway Production - NYTimes.com

Mathematician Posits Magic Formula for Broadway Hits | Variety

Tony Musicals | Piktochart Infographic Editor

Shubert Organization Taking Over New World Stages - NYTimes.com

Cuba to stage 'Rent' - first Broadway musical in more than 50 years | Reuters

MATILDA Recoups Broadway Investment!

Second Stage in Push for Money to Buy Helen Hayes - NYTimes.com

Second Stage Hopes $58 Million Plan Aids American Playwrights - NYTimes.com

‘Last Ship’ to Close on Broadway - NYTimes.com

Broadway's box offices say goodbye to a record-setting 2014 - Yahoo News

The Trends of Ten Years of New York Times Broadway Reviews. An infographic. – The Producer's 
Perspective

‘A Gentleman’s Guide’ Recoups Costs and Encourages Other Shows - NYTimes.com

'Doctor Zhivago' Will Close on Sunday - NYTimes.com

Second Stage Finalizes Broadway Theater Purchase | Variety

"Rebecca" Publicist Loses Round in Lawsuit Over Show's Travails - NYTimes.com

Thought

Some Art Institutions Deserve to Fail - WSJ.com

Culturebot | Invention, Innovation & Creating Real Change

The Artful Manager | Build, buy, or bolster

PhilanTopic: 5 Questions for...Rise Wilson, Director of Philanthropy, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Of stage and screens: Broadway websites play leading role | Crain's New York Business

Performing Arts Centre Shouldn’t be Built on a Field of Dreams | The M-Dash by Jason Menard

Grabbing Every Opportunity | Michael Kaiser

Report: Arts, culture add $500B to nation's GDP - WSJ.com

Report Paints Grim Picture of Arts, Culture Economy After Recession

StubHub’s stockings are filled with tickets. | The Producer's Perspective

10 things Broadway won’t tell you - 10 things - MarketWatch

Is Your Nonprofit Theater Headed for its Final Curtain Call? - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Abbey confidential: outside experts unimpressed by our national theatre - Culture & Entertainment News | 
The Irish Times - Sat, Jan 18, 2014

On the Road, Actors Seek Higher Pay - NYTimes.com

Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists? : Planet Money : NPR

Who's Afraid of $15? by Brendan Kiley - Seattle News - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper

How often do the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Winners predict the Tony Award winners? | The 
Producer's Perspective

The 2013 BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts

The James Irvine Foundation: News & Insights

Smell of the Greasepaint, the Funds of the Crowd - NYTimes.com

The Wealth Gap and the Giving Recovery: Giving USA’s Latest Numbers - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

$320 Million Facility to Stoke China's Musical Theater Industry - NYTimes.com

Theater artists in Los Angeles call for major changes - LA Times

Actors' Equity launches ad campaign in Chicago - Chicago Tribune

NBCUniversal Expands Live Theater Under Robert Greenblatt | Deadline

Offering Playwrights a Better Deal - NYTimes.com

Finding Ways to Firmer Ground | AMERICAN THEATRE

Shubert Organization Taking Over New World Stages - NYTimes.com

Shortage of Spotlights for Actors | Jillian Sanders

Out of Town but Not Out of ‘Times’ | AMERICAN THEATRE

It’s A Wonderful Arts Organization | Butts In the Seats

Cuba to stage 'Rent' - first Broadway musical in more than 50 years | Reuters

Uh-Oh, Oh No: Theatres Face Challenges at 2014 TCG Fall Forum | AMERICAN THEATRE

Ask if it’s Equity—Maybe | HowlRound

The culling of critics is ruining the relationship between theatre and press | Media | The Guardian

SMU's National Center for Arts Research Publishes Second Major Report on Arts Industry Health - 
Meadows School of the Arts - SMU

Doers Gonna Do—National New Play Network & the New Play Exchange | HowlRound

SMU’s Major New National Arts Report: What Does Arts Leadership Do? | Art&Seek

Does “revue” also mean “recoup”? | The Producer's Perspective

The Phantom Seats of Philanthropy | HowlRound

Where’s the Money? US Arts and Culture Economy By the Numbers

Tax Court Ruling Is Seen as a Victory for Artists - NYTimes.com

The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences - Audience Development for the Arts - 
The Wallace Foundation

Some Art Institutions Deserve to Fail - WSJ.com

Culturebot | Invention, Innovation & Creating Real Change

SMU’s Major New National Arts Report: What Does Arts Leadership Do? | Art&Seek

The Artful Manager | Build, buy, or bolster

PhilanTopic: 5 Questions for...Rise Wilson, Director of Philanthropy, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Performing Arts Centre Shouldn’t be Built on a Field of Dreams | The M-Dash by Jason Menard

» Another Sad Farewell For August Wilson Howard Sherman

The Phantom Seats of Philanthropy | HowlRound

Grabbing Every Opportunity | Michael Kaiser

Report: Arts, culture add $500B to nation's GDP - WSJ.com

Report Paints Grim Picture of Arts, Culture Economy After Recession

Where’s the Money? US Arts and Culture Economy By the Numbers

StubHub’s stockings are filled with tickets. | The Producer's Perspective

The Artful Manager | Disassembling something that nobody owns

NEA Captures Data on Artists with Day Jobs

How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation - Legal Book - Nolo

The Wealth Gap and the Giving Recovery: Giving USA’s Latest Numbers - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

The 2013 BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts

The James Irvine Foundation: News & Insights

Smell of the Greasepaint, the Funds of the Crowd - NYTimes.com

$320 Million Facility to Stoke China's Musical Theater Industry - NYTimes.com

Actors' Equity launches ad campaign in Chicago - Chicago Tribune

Tax Court Ruling Is Seen as a Victory for Artists - NYTimes.com

The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences - Audience Development for the Arts - 
The Wallace Foundation

It’s A Wonderful Arts Organization | Butts In the Seats

The culling of critics is ruining the relationship between theatre and press | Media | The Guardian

SMU's National Center for Arts Research Publishes Second Major Report on Arts Industry Health - 
Meadows School of the Arts - SMU

Doers Gonna Do—National New Play Network & the New Play Exchange | HowlRound

Wm. Penn report: City has more culture than donors will support

Combating Discount Culture | Theatremonkey


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Stage Money Used as a Source for New Yorker Blog about the Future Business Prospects of Spider-man

"To Flip a Flop"--great title for an essay by Elizabeth Weiss for the New Yorker blog about the prospects for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark recouping money now that it's closed on Broadway.  She quotes from Stage Money and Tim Donahue.  She doesn't take the producers' happy talk about the musical's future for granted.  And she shouldn't, given their track record.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/currency/2014/01/second-life-for-spider-man-musical.html

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Real NFP Production Budget Revealed

American Theatre magazine for November 2013 has an interesting brief piece on the actual budget for a production of August: Osage County at the ZACH Theatre in Austin, Texas.  Note the range of actor salaries, Equity and non-Equity.  Also note the high cost of breaking dishes at every performance!

ZACH Theatre dates from 1933.  Its most recent IRS filing shows an annual budget of about $4.5 million.  With that money, the theater presents more than 500 performances yearly, and involves 30,000 children in education and outreach programs.

Blog Links: Thoughts on Theater Careers


The Seattle paper The Stranger reports on the contradictory pull on theater artists: Stay in Seattle or Try for New York?

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/should-i-stay-or-should-i-go/Content?oid=17706842

Brian Sibley's blog lays out nine reasons a theater degree may be the right choice. Sibley works in PR and communications but his undergraduate study was in theater.  He's right on.  This topic is in sync with our second book, Theater Careers: A Realistic Guide, so this is a shameless way to plug that work.

http://changeagent.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/9-ways-a-theatre-degree-trumps-a-business-degree/

Blog link: Obscure Federal Law Change May Make Finding Investors for the Theater Easier

Ken Davenport is excited that theater producers may now be able to advertise to attract investors.  The change in Federal law Davenport discusses may seem picayune to us in the theater seats, but more investors and new money always has the prospect of invigorating an area of economic activity.


http://www.theproducersperspective.com/my_weblog/2013/09/on-september-23rd-broadway-investing-changes-forever.html

News Links: NFP Arts and NFP Theater--Out of the Recession Woods?

The evidence for the health of the NFP arts and especially theater is mixed.

The National Arts Index continues on and gets media notice.  It's latest report, which is actually for 2010, shows a mixed picture. As we've noted before, the idea of reducing disparate numbers on differing scales to one score is ridiculous.  Still, the media like things simple.
 
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-national-arts-index-shows-decline-20130919,0,3287693.story#axzz2js6k828c

http://www2.danceusa.org/ejournal/post.cfm?entry=is-the-great-recession-over-for-the-arts

Meanwhile, an NEA survey shows arts attendance declining.  More about the Survey from the NEA's website is here.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/26/arts/a-new-survey-finds-a-drop-in-arts-attendance.html?ref=arts&_r=1&

Meanwhile, NFP theaters make tough choices, leaving jobs unfilled or merging to lower costs.

http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2013/09/15/news/19local_09-15-13.txt

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/act-efficiency-theater-groups-combine-resources

The dinner theater niche--dwindling before the recession--adds two new venues.  Break a leg.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/philadelphia/article/New-Dinner-Theater-Set-to-Open-at-Five-Ponds-Golf-Club-in-Warminster-PA-20130929

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2013/10/24/broadway-palm-dinner-theater-giving.html

And the estimable Michael Kaiser thinks in writing for HuffPost about the impact of technology on local arts groups with special emphasis on worldwide broadcasting of performances from the Metropolitan Opera, National Theatre of Britain, and others.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-kaiser/questions-for-the-future_b_4135468.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

News Links: Broadway is Still the Fabulous Invalid

Is Broadway healthy or failing?  As usual, the evidence varies.

Wicked continues strong.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/30/a-wicked-decade-how-a-critically-trashed-musical-became-a-long-running-smash.html

Mamma Mia! moves and passes a milestone.

http://newsok.com/broadways-mamma-mia-moves-reaches-milestone/article/feed/608643

The Lion King passes the $1 billion mark on Broadway alone.

http://newsok.com/broadways-mamma-mia-moves-reaches-milestone/article/feed/608643

Betrayal and The Glass Menagerie do well, financially and critically.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/good-reviews-propel-glass-menagerie-sales-on-broadway/?ref=theater&_r=0

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/07/record-sales-for-broadways-betrayal/?ref=theater&_r=1

A British commentator sees Broadway's money success as a little smarmy.

http://www.thestage.co.uk/columns/shenton/2013/11/betraying-broadway-theatregoers-just-regulating-supply-demand/

Theater attendance has a usual seasonal dip.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/theater/summertime-and-broadway-living-is-hard-attendance-drops-8-percent.html?ref=arts&_r=1&

Ken Davenport takes a long view and finds the dollars encouraging but the number of tickets sold, not so much.

http://www.theproducersperspective.com/my_weblog/2013/09/graphs.html

And off-Broadway--hurrah!--a fun and smart show recoups, Buyer & Cellar, playing in the little Barrow Street Theater.

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/182046-Buyer-Cellar-Starring-Michael-Urie-Will-Play-Chicago-in-2014-Hit-Play-Recoups

News Links: Presenter and Producer in PA Sued for Copyright Infringement

Don't mess with Disney!

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmovies/article/Disney-Suing-Theater-Over-LION-KING-MARY-POPPINS-Copyright-Infringement-20130926

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/900673_Disney-sues-American-Music-Theatre-over-Broadway-show.html

Or the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization either.

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/901092_2nd-copyright-suit-filed-against-American-Music-Theatre.html

http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/10/01/61653.htm

The defendant, American Music Theatre, is no amateur group, nor is it a not-for-profit.  It operates a 1,600-seat theater offering  more than 300 performances a year.  It presents touring musicals, plays, rock and comic acts, and produces its own offerings. 

News Links: Best Paid Stagehands Briefly Strike

Carnegie Hall's stagehands are acknowledged to be the best paid in the business.  The strike was not for more pay but to force Carnegie Hall to create new union jobs.  It worked.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304176904579111810975642206

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/carnegie-hall-concert-to-proceed-as-labor-negotiations-continue/?_r=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/05/arts/music/carnegie-hall-and-stagehands-settle-strike.html

Broadway League and City of New York Collaborate to Promote Broadway Theater

The result is a nice piece of design.  Can't imagine it will have much effect for the City or the League. Click screendump below to go to the website.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Study Link: European Artists Happy if Often Unemployed

A study published in the journal Economic Letters, finds that although many artists are prone to high unemployment and low incomes which would suggest they have low job satisfaction, in fact, on average artists enjoy higher job satisfaction than other employees, mainly due to more autonomy,  The study looked at artists in 49 European countries.

A news report is linked here:

http://www.psmag.com/blogs/news-blog/artists-report-high-job-satisfaction-65663/

In our book, Theater Careers: A Realistic Guide, we analyzed data from a National Science Foundation survey of US college graduates and found similar statistics for folks with at least a BA/BS in dramatic arts.  They made less money on average than all college graduates, were more likely to be unemployed or underemployed, often worked in jobs that did not use the skills they studied in school, and yet were as satisfied with their jobs as the average of all college graduates.