As someone who once ran a non-profit Board, and also worked for a non-profit and had a Board to report to, I know firsthand how complex these relationships can be, and how fraught with peril they are for managers. Most executive directors focus their time and attention on reporting on their financials — progress against goals, fundraising, ticket sales, and otherwise. Yet, too few managers pay enough attention to some of the more fundamental things that go into a Board relationship. Read the Article
Today’s guest blog post is written by Samantha Colbert, Senior Client Administrator, Patron Technology.
Today, April 27th, is my dad’s birthday! I got him something, and my mom will likely take him out to dinner, or maybe go see a movie, or head to one of their favorite entertainment venues in the area, but they’re most likely to go where they know they’ll get a good deal, especially if it’s a deal because it’s his birthday!
I talked to my dad last week and asked him about his birthday plans, or, if he expects any gifts. Here’s some of our conversation:Read the Article
Today’s guest blog post is the second in a six-part series by Rachel Hands, Senior Manager, Client Administration, Patron Technology. Click here to read part one.
In our first post in this series, we looked at how to write an accurate, inclusive job posting that sells your position to the right candidates. Now that your applications have started rolling in, it’s time to prepare for your next step: interviewing candidates.
If you don’t already have an applicant management system, there’s no better time to establish one. It doesn’t have to be fancy HR software; I personally use a combination of Trello and Google apps to manage applications for our Client Administration team. Here’s what I find valuable about it:Read the Article
Today’s guest blog post is written by Natalie Petruch, Implementation Specialist, Patron Technology.
Once upon a time when I was a young audio apprentice in Maryland, I went on a backstage tour of Everyman Theatre in Baltimore. While the whole experience was phenomenal, what really stood out to me was the fact that they offered Closed Captioning of their performances through an app called Simultext that allowed patrons to follow along with the play being performed while reading the script from the comfort of their own (or a loaner) iPod/iPhone.
As I, at the time, was in a seemingly constant battle to keep an antiquated assisted listening system up to date, this seemed like the wave of the future. It has always been my opinion that as artists, we have an obligation not only to create art that emotionally resonates with our patrons but also to ensure that this art is accessible. However, upon seeing that Closed Captioning system, I realized that I had been ignorant not only to newer accessibility options but also to lesser known ones. And with that, I began my foray into arts accessibility.Read the Article
6 Things to Keep in Mind That’ll Improve Your Vendor Relationships
Today’s guest blog post is written by Ben Ferber, IT Coordinator and Office Manager, Patron Technology.
You’re probably a person who works for an arts organization. Your organization sells stuff to people. But before you can sell stuff, your organization needs to buy stuff — and you probably buy stuff from a vendor.
Buying stuff from a vendor is different than buying stuff as a regular person. The relationship you forge is almost always deeper and more complicated. So here are six things to keep in mind before you make that call or click that link:Read the Article
Those of us working in and around the arts for decades know well that the National Endowment for the Arts has been a target of presidential threats in nearly every administration’s budget proposal. And the steadfast and continuing work of Americans for the Arts has been all about defending the NEA to unsupportive presidents for years.
What makes this time different is that this president, Donald Trump, has unsurprisingly set out a more extreme position — the elimination of the NEA — than any previous administration has yet proposed. Though I haven’t read The Art of the Deal, we know that Trump relishes the emotional (and media) bump he gets from establishing an outrageous position from which to negotiate. The NEA is hardly the only organization he has targeted with this negotiation tactic — Trump’s entire budget proposal is designed as a radical statement. And the recent failure of the repeal of Obamacare was the first real bit of evidence that although extreme positions get the media atwitter, they may not so easily result in actual policy change.Read the Article