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Musicians and Restaurants

I just saw this video linked in a blog post by James Buckhouse, the man behind #TeamClassical. Peter Gregson has a great message about what classical music can learn from restaurants. It’s worth listening to the whole talk and hearing him flesh out the ideas, but basically he’s saying that...

Why Don’t I Have a Non-Profit?

I’m an entrepreneurial young person in the arts in New York City. I produce events large and small, have experience and expertise in the management of a non-profit, particularly in grantwriting, and all the other skills necessary to create and lead that kind of an organization. I have a core...

How to Plan Your Kickstarter – part 3

This blog series is from June of 2012. It will still help you get a handle on on planning your Kickstarter project, but I highly suggest you start with Kickstarter’s own Creator Handbook. They keep it updated, and they do it very well. Once you’re finished with that, this series...

The Responsibility Scallop

There’s always one. Every time people do something together, someone is the responsibility scallop. Sometimes it’s the boss, sometimes it’s the second-in-command. Usually it’s that busy and worried-looking person who checks on things and reminds other people to follow up on stuff. The responsibility scallop is in charge of the...

How to Plan Your Kickstarter – part 2

This blog series is from June of 2012. It will still help you get a handle on on planning your Kickstarter project, but I highly suggest you start with Kickstarter’s own Creator Handbook. They keep it updated, and they do it very well. Once you’re finished with that, this series...

This Rough Magic – Prospero & the marimba

Last weekend Rose Ginsberg (director), Ian Rosenbaum (acting marimba), Victoria Nece (visual effects, including the image for this post that you see on the homepage) and I made this video. Rose and I had been meaning to rehearse and film this piece for a while, and we finally made it...

How to Plan Your Kickstarter – part 1

This blog series is from June of 2012. It will still help you get a handle on on planning your Kickstarter project, but I highly suggest you start with Kickstarter’s own Creator Handbook. They keep it updated, and they do it very well. Once you’re finished with that, this series...

Social Capital and Regular Capital

So….. Facebook’s stock is dropping a bit. Ignoring the major explanations: a bank that didn’t underprice the stock to take piles of money off of a tech company, a big honking tech bubble, etc., there’s something else going on. We all have this basic feeling that Facebook is actually hugely...

First mint of the year is in the bottle

I learned this trick last year, and it’s awesome. You take a bottle of bourbon (cheap is best, given what we’re going to do to it), you pour out a shot or so, and stuff in as much mint as you can possibly fit in the bottle. Then you wait...

Connection Wealth for Artists

So, social connection and money both solve similar coordination problems. And for a couple centuries doing economics meant you could basically ignore the social connection category of wealth, because it was a pain in the ass to analyze and it wasn’t that powerful, really. But now there are a ton...

You know what’s going to rock? Ian’s show next week.

The first time I worked with Ian for real was on the reading of Summer’s Twilight a little over two years ago. He played Oberon, and he just tore it up. Since then we’ve hatched a few schemes, and sometimes I bring over sketches of sections I’ve written for Oberon...

Artists Should Invest in Love

Apple has a ton of money. As their business grew, they kept a lot of it as a long term investment. They didn’t invest it in hedge funds or anything like that. They held onto it partly because Steve Jobs was kinda weird, but partly because all that money gave...