Fire the musicians!
Yet another terrific #OrchChat last week! Thank you to all who participated in the lively discussion.
For one hour several people from around the world gradually joined in as schedules permitted, and there was much intense and passionate discussion among the group. Based on feedback, we kept the format to three topics and as usual, they bled into and over each other. It was actually fun (no, really) keeping up.
The topics we explored were:
- Free Flashmobs. Although a great marketing tool, when orchestras perform for free do they devalue what they do?
- Liven it up! How do we overcome performer’s lethargism due to the repetitive nature of the job? Fascinating responses, including “Fire them!” (unfortunately it was a very well known critic who has since closed his Twitter account 🙁 ) as well as changing the shape of the concert hall (or getting rid of the “stage” altogether!)
- Who’s in charge? Again, opposing viewpoints on who calls the shots – the money (i.e. the Board) or the Artistic Director? (Almost no-one supported the CEO or other administrator.)
What are your thoughts about these topics, and what topics would you like to discuss? Add your comments below this post.
Some stats for the hashtag #OrchChat (some people keep forgetting to add it to their tweets – sorry!):
- 190 tweets
- 10 participants
- Top tweeters (excl. me):
- AudienceDevSpec (25)
- CStarek (20)
- CatchMaullaria (17)
Click this link to read the transcript:
THANK YOU to the following participants who I hope will join you and me next time on Tuesday, April 9 at 6pm Eastern Time: