Labor disputes at the Metropolitan Opera resolved (and other August stories)

Metropolitan Opera House - Photo by Flickr user Zio Paolino, Creative Commons license

The show will go on at the Metropolitan Opera, thanks to a labor agreement that, among other things, allows an independent analyst to monitor the opera’s fiscal health on behalf of its employees – and could have widespread impact within the nonprofit sector.

Capsule Review: “The Educational Value of Field Trips”

Starry Night 03 - by Flickr user Josh Staiger, Creative Commons license

Title: “The Educational Value of Field Trips,” plus two related articles: “Supplemental Study: Long-Term Benefits of Field Trips to the Walton Arts Center” and “Methodological Appendix for the Crystal Bridges Experimental Study” Author(s): Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida and Daniel H. Bowen (“Educational Value of Field Trips”); Jay P. Greene and Brian Kisida (“Supplemental Study”);Read More

New Chairs Confirmed at the National Endowments (and other June stories)

Both the NEA and the NEH have new official leaders this month: Jane Chu, head of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, will be the 11th chair of the NEA; William “Bro” Adams, formerly president of Colby College, will be the 10th chair of the NEH. Respected internal acting chairsRead More

What Kind of Arts Education Does Workforce Development Require?

Photo by E. Briel

In early 2014, President Barack Obama addressed workers at a General Electric gas engine plant. “A lot of young people don’t see the trades and skilled manufacturing as a viable career,” he said,  “but I promise you, folks can make a lot more… with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an artRead More

Around the horn: Slovyansk edition

ART AND THE GOVERNMENT In a reversal, the FCC has drafted new net neutrality rules that critics claim are unworthy of the name: they would allow broadband companies to provide a “fast lane” for content providers willing to pay a “commercially reasonable” fee. The FCC’s public comment period opens on May 15. Related: if theRead More

Around the horn: campaign finance edition

ART AND THE GOVERNMENT A federal judge recently ruled that Pandora must continue to pay ASCAP, which represents song writers and publishers, a 1.85% composition royalty. It was a (not entirely clean) victory for Pandora, which was arguing against a rise to 3%. The Future of Music Coalition has a good primer on the issue.Read More

Around the horn: Flight 370 edition

ART AND THE GOVERNMENT Seems that New York City’s recent bill forcing schools to report out on the availability of arts education in its schools comes not a moment too soon: an audit from the state comptroller found that roughly half of seniors graduated from high school without having met arts education requirements. Denver isRead More