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

Arts Policy Library: Studio Thinking


For a 75% shorter read than what you’re about to experience below, try Studio Thinking: the condensed version. At the turn of the millennium, arts education found itself increasingly under the axe in a school system beleaguered by budget cuts, low grades and poor test scores. Arts advocates and educators were scrambling to prove theRead More

Around the horn: Linsanity edition

Quick announcement: Createquity Writing Fellowship alumna Katherine Gressel is curating an art show! And raising money for it! OK, back to regularly scheduled programming… ART AND THE GOVERNMENT Kickstarter got a whole bunch of press mileage last week out of the idea that it “gives out” more money to the arts than the NEA. Tim Mikulski explains why that’sRead More

The Top 10 Arts Policy Stories of 2010

Everybody likes a Top 10 list, right? Especially the nerdy ones! So here’s my contribution: the second annual list of the top ten arts policy stories from the past year. You can check out the 2009 edition here. 10. Intrinsic Impact Research Marches On WolfBrown’s groundbreaking work on measuring “intrinsic impact” (the intangible, hard-to-define effectsRead More

The Myth of the Transformative Arts Experience

For a long, long time (as in, literally, months now), I’ve been meaning to respond to an essay by Philadelphia’s Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer lamenting what he sees as “the greatest sacrifice arts workers make” – the inability to recapture one’s first, “innocent” experiences of the arts, the ones that presumably convinced the personRead More

Response to Isaac Butler’s Close Reading of RAND’s State Arts Policy Study

So, as I’ve mentioned a couple of times here, Isaac Butler of Parabasis has done the first part of a close reading of RAND Corporation’s recent publication State Arts Policy: Trends and Future Prospects. He stopped after page 9 a couple of weeks ago, so I’m not sure if he’s planning on continuing, but I’mRead More