Have you picked up the phone and called someone? Have you sent an email? Have you put together that meeting? All of these things can be done during a pandemic in 2020.
What do you believe in? There’s nothing like a good crisis to help you remember.
What is the most drastic change you can make? What is that complete left turn that you’ve always had in the back of your mind? Now is the time to try those things. We have a lot of great technology. We have to be as creative with it as we are with our music.
What’s next? This is the million dollar question. If you can posit an answer, you have a seat at the table. We need to have the courage and the generosity to share our answers. Not everything will work, but we must move forward. Staying still is not an option.
This pandemic has already shifted the arts landscape dramatically. Canceled concerts have all but eliminated work for most musicians. As you can tell, I haven’t written much in 2020. I want to make this blog something valuable to all of you who have founded and lead musical ensembles. Consequently, I’m planning on shifting this blog to ask “What’s next?” It’s on all of our minds. The nonprofit I founded, Project: Sound, brings musicians from around the world into rural areas. I don’t have any idea when we’ll be able to do another tour. If you lead an arts organization, shoot me an email. Let me know what you’re doing to adjust to the new reality.
We’re all in this together.
This pandemic has been catastrophic for arts organizations--and it looks like things will only get worse. Some have said that concerts and sports events won’t happen until 2021. What will arts organizations do?
We innovate. Now is the time when we need to change the way we do business, to use all of the technology we haven’t, and to move into the present. It’s no longer an option.