A report in Tuesday’s (5/12) Baltimore Sun states, “Michael Kaiser—president of the Kennedy Center, international arts management/rescue guru and compelling advocate for preserving artistic quality even in the face of financial meltdown—is the 2009 recipient of the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America. The award, presented by the Peabody Institute, will be given to Kaiser during the conservatory’s graduation ceremony on May 21. He joins a starry roster of recipients that since 1980 has included the likes of Leonard Bernstein, Quincy Jones and Eubie Blake. … Kaiser’s own legacy includes a remarkable boost to the national profile of the Kennedy Center, which he joined in 2001 after earning plaudits for restoring the structural health of the American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and London’s Royal Opera House. Among his recent projects is a large-scale program run by the Kennedy Center to provide free consultation on a variety of issues to arts groups that have been struggling through the current recession.”

Posted May 14, 2009