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Leading Roles: 50 Questions Every Arts Board Should Ask
     

Leading Roles: 50 Questions Every Arts Board Should Ask

by Michael M. Kaiser
 

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Not-for-profit arts organizations struggled to survive the recent economic recession. In this increasingly hardscrabble environment, it is absolutely imperative that the boards of these organizations function as energetically, creatively, and efficiently as possible. Michael M. Kaiser’s personal history with boards of arts organizations began when he served

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Not-for-profit arts organizations struggled to survive the recent economic recession. In this increasingly hardscrabble environment, it is absolutely imperative that the boards of these organizations function as energetically, creatively, and efficiently as possible. Michael M. Kaiser’s personal history with boards of arts organizations began when he served on the board of the Washington Opera (now the Washington National Opera) in 1983. Today, in his capacity as president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kaiser recently completed a 50-state, 69-city Arts in Crisis tour. Board issues came up repeatedly as central to the success or failure of the organization. Drawing on these and many other conversations, nationally and internationally, Kaiser’s book offers members of boards and staffs the information they need to create the healthy atmosphere necessary to thriving arts organizations. Organized in a clear, readable, question-and-answer format, Leading Roles covers every aspect of board participation in the life of the organization, including mission and governance; fundraising and marketing responsibilities; the relationship of the board to the artistic director, executive director, and staff; and its responsibilities for planning and budgeting. Kaiser addresses boards in crisis, international boards, and boards of arts organizations of color. Throughout, he emphasizes the importance of transparency and clarity in the board’s dealings with its own members and those of the arts community of which it is a part, showing how anything less results in contentiousness that can immobilize an arts organization, or even tear it apart.

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"Leading Roles is a rich yet tidy cornucopia of solutions for the challenges facing the American arts scene . . . The author is compelling as he scopes the horizon, sizing up a future in which global cooperation will loom large for the arts."—Washington Post

“The musicians of ICSOM must continue to be our own positive advocates in a managerial climate that is resistant to a positive message. Mr. Kaiser's new book is a powerful tool that can assist us in articulating our vision.”—Senza Sordino, International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians newsletter

“After years of distinguished volunteer board service in many arts associations, and a 50-state, 69-city ‘Arts in Crisis’ tour, meeting with many other arts organizations, Michael Kaiser has committed his considerable wisdom and experience to paper, and written Leading Roles: 50 Questions Every Arts Board Should Ask.
Although aimed at associations in the arts - dance, opera, theatre - the book Kaiser has written should be must-reading for every board member and staff executive of every association. Leading Roles addresses every aspect of board participation in the life of an association, including mission and governance; fundraising and marketing; the relationship of the board to the artistic director, executive director, and staff; and board responsibilities for planning and budgeting.”—The Examiner, Washington, DC

Barbara Hall
Leading Roles, is a rich yet tidy cornucopia of solutions for the challenges facing the American arts scene. [Kaiser's] advice, presented as responses to a series of 50 questions, stems from his 2009 whirlwind tour that took him from Boston to San Francisco. All told, he made himself available to 11,000 arts leaders and concerned members of the public in almost every state.
—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584659518
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
382,516
File size:
604 KB

What People are Saying About This

Terrence McNally
“No one knows more about arts administration than Michael Kaiser. No wonder people the world over clamor for his attention and keen advice. The Kennedy Center’s not-so-secret weapon is an international treasure. The book is a goldmine.”
Judith Jamison
“Michael Kaiser has made it his mission to help arts organizations around the world succeed. He is an ambassador and trusted authority for arts administrators everywhere, generously sharing his proven expertise that I’ve seen firsthand. Michael’s book will take his life’s work one step further, elevating the world of arts management with his wisdom.”
Plácido Domingo
“Michael Kaiser is very competent and far-sighted in dealing with the extremely complicated economic and organizational aspects of performing arts institutions, especially in this period of grave crises. In my capacity as General Director of Washington National Opera, which makes its home at the Kennedy Center, I have worked with Michael, the Center’s President, and I share his approach to running not-for-profit arts organizations. I recommend his book to anyone who works in this area.”
Placido Domingo
"Michael Kaiser is very competent and far-sighted in dealing with the extremely complicated economic and organizational aspects of performing arts institutions, especially in this period of grave crises. In my capacity as General Director of Washington National Opera, which makes its home at the Kennedy Center, I have worked with Michael, the Center's President, and I share his approach to running not-for-profit arts organizations. I recommend his book to anyone who works in this area."

Meet the Author

MICHAEL M. KAISER is the author of The Art of the Turnaround: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Arts Organizations. He is a graduate of Brandeis University, class of 1975.

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