Even More New Grantmaking at New Music USA

We just opened a new grant program at New Music USA, providing general operating support (that is, unrestricted money) to small new music ensembles and venues based in New York City. If that’s you, go apply to the New Music Impact Fund. I’m writing about it because my team has launched a couple of other […]

Composing on Trello

I’ve never written a piece using a project management tool before. It’s almost certainly not for everyone, but I totally love it. The best part is being able to easily sort & rearrange my notes. With a paper notebook, or loose paper, you can’t move individual sentences around. I tend to write out verbal descriptions […]

Working in the open as a composer

I live among the worlds of technology, art, and philanthropy. A lot of my job is based on learning lessons from one of those and figuring out how to apply them to the other two; it’s pretty fun. Usually I get to bring new insights to my job at New Music USA. But recently I […]

Kickstarter’s 5% Pledge

This week, Kickstarter announced their reincorporation as a benefit corporation. They’re not a non-profit, but this is still a significant move for the company. A key part of their new charter is a pledge to contribute 5% of their profits to charity. There’s a certain symmetry to that: Kickstarter users pay 5% of their revenue […]

Product management is at the forefront of regular management

I’ve been thinking a lot about why I care so much about product management specifically. And I think it’s because of something I believe about the future of work overall. Product management right now is an emerging field, largely in software, to do with (roughly) how to lead teams of developers effectively. There are a […]

two classes I’m watching

This semester I’m really enjoying following along with two different classes being taught in totally different circumstances. Both professors are blogging about their methods and motivations, and there’s some reaction from the students as well. I love that they’re both blogging their processes, and I’m particularly enjoying the bizarre contrast that they make in my […]

New Music Gathering talk on Baumol’s Cost Disease

Usually, I like to write out my talks completely in advance. It forces me to clear up my thinking, and lets me publish everything at the same time I give the talk. I’m a big fan of sharing thinking as widely as possible. But at the New Music Gathering, I couldn’t do that. The New […]

Takemymoney.com

So I have a weird problem with a few artists. Some are authors, some are pop musicians, some are random I-don’t-know-but-sometimes-they-have-a-kickstarter people. I want literally everything they make. I don’t care what it is. Anne Leckie’s sequel to Ancillary Justice is coming out? I want it. The pre-order date is 6 months away? I have […]

Extraneous Concept Patrol

My job involves a lot of talking to people about ideas, from high level mission, vision, and strategy, to nitty gritty things like how teams communicate, how projects fit together, and how people think about the process of doing their job. Clear thinking is incredibly important to my work, both for me and for the […]

Dump Your Vendor: DIY Tech for Non-Profits

A lot of non-profits have problems that sound like this: We’re paying almost a whole salary, if not more, for this third party technology that supports an essential part of our organization, but we’re really unhappy with it. It doesn’t really do what we need it to do, and our staff spends a lot of […]