"Indeed, this is the county where dreamers built worldwide institutions that reached the sky (Boeing), are working to end disease (The Gates Foundation), put computers in our homes (Microsoft), made artificial intelligence affordable (Amazon), and fueled us for the daily battles we take on (Starbucks). That creativity and imagination was surely nurtured by the art and science education that the county could continue by passing Prop 1. Without it, how will we nurture the minds that create the solutions for the struggles of the day — and the future?"

"There is little doubt that New York has become prohibitively expensive for many artists, young and old alike, just as it has for middle-class people and working-class families, never mind the poor and truly disadvantaged. But according to a study released last week by the New York-based Center for an Urban Future (CUF), the city is actually home to more artists than ever."

"Apparently, despite all our best intentions and our good will efforts, not only have we failed to make even a slight dent in the inequity of funding disproportionately going to the big, white, rich urban cultural organizations - at the expense of the smaller and rural organizations, especially those serving people of color, people with disabilities and the LGBT community.  MORE of the total funding is now going to the largest cultural organizations, not less.  So far anyway, all the efforts to the contrary have not yielded any substantial or measurable change from the situation five years ago.  Indeed, from an equity standpoint, things are worse, not better."

"These countries are tending not to prioritise the arts in national curriculums, assessments or in depictions of effective pedagogy. Given the extraordinary and immediate challenges they face in terms of pupil enrolment, teacher quality and learning outcomes, this may not be surprising but it may also be a missed opportunity."

The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra seeks a skilled fundraiser who is passionate about music to lead its comprehensive development program.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Director of Development works closely with the Maestro Benjamin Zander, the Managing Director, and Board to meet the development needs of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), whose annual operating budget is approximately $3 million. This full-time position works out of the BPO office and reports to the Managing Director. The Director of Development takes the lead on development initiatives, coordinating and collaborating with the Maestro, staff and Board to develop and strengthen the donor base for the organization. The ideal candidate for this position is someone with experience in major gifts, a passion for classical music, and a creative and flexible mindset, someone who enjoys enabling others to express their enthusiasm for the Boston Philharmonic by contributing financial resources. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:

Website: www.bostonphil.org
The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, founded by the dynamic conductor Benjamin Zander in 1979, features 96 student, professional, and amateur musicians. One of Boston's premier orchestras, the BPO follows its vision of "passionate music making without boundaries," presenting top-notch performances in a manner that both music aficionados and the casual listener can enjoy. A hallmark of its presentations are innovative pre-concert talks with Maestro Zander. He has a unique approach to explaining classical music, and his intense passion for the art form attracts hundreds of attendees for each talk, leading audiences to describe the Boston Philharmonic as "passionate," "inspiring," "unique," and "un-stuffy."

The BPO message rings loud and clear: music making is a privilege and a joy, and above all, a collaborative adventure. The season includes performances at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, and often Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. The Philharmonic performs with a wide range of soloists from highly gifted performers at the start of their international careers to world-famous artists and legendary masters.

The Philharmonic has released five critically acclaimed recordings, including works by Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mahler, Shostakovich and Ravel. Its commitment to reaching and educating a wide audience is maintained by its Music Without Boundaries program, which allows access to concerts for school groups and other community members who receive free tickets. To further accommodate new and uninitiated listeners, the BPO hosts a long-running weeknight Discovery Series, which incorporates Benjamin Zander’s lecture into the concert itself.

In 2012, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra was formed under the auspices of the BPO. Conducted by Benjamin Zander, the BPYO embodies its motto, "Shaping Future Leaders Through Music," and its 120 members range in age from 12 to 21. BPYO offers a unique opportunity for young instrumentalists who want to study great orchestral repertoire in a musically dynamic and intellectually challenging community.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design and implement development activities in close collaboration with the Managing Director, Maestro, and Board, focusing especially on high-level donor cultivation and solicitation. Oversee the preparation and dissemination of individual solicitations and appeals in all their forms.
  • Work closely with the Board's Development Committee to develop fundraising strategies, plans and specific initiatives for achieving and maximizing individual, corporate, and foundation donations. Coordinate with all Board members to leverage their business and social contacts to support fundraising initiatives.
  • Proactively communicate with and support Maestro Zander to maximize the impact of his contacts. Follow up with connections he makes, cultivate local prospects, work with his Personal Assistant to capture information about prospective donors and other contacts. Create call lists and check in regularly to troubleshoot and follow through.
  • Coordinate donor outreach, including inviting existing donors to concerts and events and cultivating relationships with stakeholders.
  • Create organizational development calendar and timeline. Proactively communicate with staff, Board, and external vendors to ensure timely production and review of materials to meet deadlines.
  • Serve as staff liaison with Board of Directors and Board of Overseers. Prepare reports and materials for board review. Attend meetings of the board, prepare board minutes, actively track board prospects and support board committees as needed. Work directly with Development and Gala committees.
  • Serve as staff point-person for Annual Gala (working with external event planning company), Annual Meeting, pre- and post-concert donor receptions, cultivation events, board meetings, etc.
  • Coordinate with external graphic design/marketing team to create and disseminate solicitation materials and collateral for fundraising events and activities.
  • Prepare donor lists for concert programs.
  • Manage the gift entry and acknowledgement process, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. Reconcile records with bookkeeping staff.
  • Manage part-time grant writer to facilitate the corporate and foundation solicitation process.
  • Attend and staff concerts and events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • 5+ years’ experience in development at another non-profit (including major gifts experience) and college degree in related field or equivalent
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once, and to respond thoughtfully and calmly to shifting priorities
  • Passion for classical music highly desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and Google Docs preferred
  • Experience managing data and generating reports using PatronManager or other patron databases highly desirable
  • Experience with Basecamp, Mailchimp, or Hubspot a plus
  • Respect for and ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Availability to work frequent evenings and weekends

EXCELLENT BENEFITS PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Fully paid HMO medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • 403(b) retirement plan with company match
  • Four weeks’ paid vacation
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage and life insurance

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements before August 25, 2017, to Charlie Owens, Executive Search Consultant, Resonate Search Group: cowens@resonatesearchgroup.com

The BPO is committed to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in employment.

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"Wow! That’s a powerful and inspiring mission that would certainly get me out of bed and into work every morning. It doesn’t get bogged down in the what-we-do or how-we-do-it. And it is outwardly focused, offering a value proposition to the neighborhood, the community and the country."

"Inattentional blindness is just one example of a more general feature of our visual experience known to cognitive scientists as ‘the grand illusion’. When we look at the world around us, almost everything in our visual field appears clear, vivid and rich in detail but, in experiments, our objective ability to detect change is more suggestive of an observer with a bag on his head, with just a small hole through which to see anything. This observation hole can be moved around by the observer himself or it can be manipulated automatically when interesting events occur in the environment."

Louis Menand: "Michael Robbins, Ben Lerner, and Matthew Zapruder all tell pretty much the identical story about themselves. One day, almost inadvertently, they read a poem, and suddenly they knew that they had to become writers. They did, and it changed their lives. Later, they all wrote books about poetry. I read those books, and it changed my life. You read this piece about those books. Maybe it will change your life. If it does, the change will be very, very tiny, but most change comes in increments. Don’t expect too much out of any one thing. For although the world is hard, words matter. Rock beats scissors. It may take a while, but paper beats rock. At least we hope so."

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"[In September,] the artist duo McDermott & McGough will unveil the Oscar Wilde Temple, a public installation at the Church of the Village in New York's West Village neighborhood. ... Forced to repress his homosexuality for the majority of his life, Wilde is presented in McDermott & McGough's piece as a martyr of sorts - a soul who suffered because of what he believed and who he was."

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"At first glance, today's video gamers and scientists might appear to be worlds apart. But starting with Tennis for Two, video games have quietly and consistently been within the purview of academic study. Each generation of gamers has seen new titles created at various research institutions in order to explore programming, human-computer interaction, and algorithms. Lesser-known chapters of history reveal these two worlds are not as far apart as you might think."

Love orchestras? Work at the League!  A fantastic opportunity to join our nine-person Knowledge, Learning & Leadership team, serving 800 member orchestras across the United States.

Interested? Please visit https://americanorchestras.org/about-the-league/jobs-at-the-league.html

"This isn't just metaphysical poetics. Every sensory experience triggers changes in the molecules of your neurons, reshaping the way they connect to one another. That means your brain is literally made of memories, and memories constantly remake your brain. This framework for memory dates back decades."

There are a few factors at play here. One is the influence of a new president with a less-than-traditional background — he hails from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's business operations rather than academia. The other is a recently completed effort to assuage the concerns of one of the institute's accrediting bodies, which institute officials say has made the institution stronger.

When Emily Nussbaum saw that notorious televised Cabinet meeting, she realized she had to go back and look at The Apprentice.

Three paintings from the collection of the Louvre, and another 200 canvases belonging to a local maritime museum, went up in flames last Tuesday, when severe lightning caused a fire on the small island of Tatihou on the French side of the English Channel.

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