High unemployment rates, falling real estate values, and climbs and plunges on Wall Street continue to take their toll. The arts certainly haven’t been exempt, and orchestras of every size and description are adapting with painstaking adjustments, strategic cutbacks, and carefully considered renegotiations. The effort is tough on everyone—musicians, boards members, administrators, volunteers, pretty much anyone who cares about classical music. Against this backdrop, board leaders and orchestra executives are having to work at avoiding frayed edges in their relationships as orchestras re-think budgets and programming. How to ensure that executive directors and board leaders stay in tune with the times? In this article from Symphony magazine, first published in 2010 but still germane, League Chairman Lowell Noteboom offers his thoughts on maintaining strong administrative-board partnerships in tough financial times.

Posted January 10, 2011