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 Post subject: Miami City Admin
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2000 7:03 am 
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Rather than the spin the Herald is putting on this, I think this must have been a difficult decision. Isn't it better than reducing the dancers or the guest chor?<BR> <A HREF="http://www.herald.com/content/today/entertainment/arts/digdocs/004027.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.herald.com/content/today/entertainment/arts/digdocs/004027.htm</A>


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 Post subject: Re: Miami City Admin
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2000 2:10 pm 
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I am sure it was a difficult decision. <P>And not to infer in any way that one is better then the other (because it's not) but one has to wonder how a ballet company will survive without its development director (when money is obviously much needed), facilities manager of a new building with many studios, and the public relations manager of a company that runs four home seasons in different Florida cities, and the other important jobs. There is no dead wood at that company...everyone works very hard, from the offices to the studios.<P>So, there will still be 50 dancers without grants coming in, no one doing publicity, no one running the building during a season where the big new production is off, because the choreographer is out. Doesn't sound like too secure a place to be a dancer these days either.


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 Post subject: Re: Miami City Admin
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2000 2:34 pm 
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This is very bad news for them. The funding community (cf., the last comments in the article) gets very nervous about an organization with a $10 million annual budget that does not have a development director, a marketing director, and does not appear to be following a well-crafted strategic plan. Naturally, Kennedy Center and Torino will become issues. Unfortunately, this is only the latest in what appears to be a snowballing sequence of bad PR revelations at MCB. They are showing all the signs of a company in crisis and there is no better way to repel funders....


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 Post subject: Re: Miami City Admin
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2000 5:10 pm 
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Keep in mind that Miami runs not one, not two, not three but FOUR home season subscription series in four different Florida cities. (Brilliant, in my humble opinion, but, oh, the work involved!) Add to that touring and a school, and you have a heck of a big ole monster to be running!


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 Post subject: Re: Miami City Admin
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2000 6:54 pm 
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Neither the article nor the press release seems detailed enough to explain if there are other staff members covering these positions. Sometimes the No. 2 people in these positions are capable of stepping up to the challenge. Not that I know anything of their setup but without knowledge of the administrative organization, I am giving them the benefit of the doubt. They can't be that stupid.


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 Post subject: Re: Miami City Admin
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2000 2:58 am 
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I was thinking about that last night. I have seen it happen where the top level people are cleared out, because they are making the larger salaries, and then those who were the assistants are now in charge, at a lower salary level. Great career advancement for them! Tough on their former boss! <P>But there are usually two problems with that down the road. The former assistant probably has some idea what the position used to be making, and eventually is bitter when they are not making the same amount; and if another assistant is brought in to assist the now boss, it is tougher to form a tight working relationship, because the new boss is nervous that the same fate will befall them if they share information with the assistant.<P>It's also rough on the rest of the staff, I'm sure, to have watched this happen to friends.<BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Miami City Admin
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2000 5:49 am 
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Here's another article.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.herald.com/content/today/entertainment/arts/digdocs/085883.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.herald.com/content/today/entertainment/arts/digdocs/085883.htm</A>


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 Post subject: Re: Miami City Admin
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2000 10:19 am 
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On the ratio of administrative staff to dancers, I would say that this is not at all unusual for U.S. companies. There are many reasons for this...and not a few of them are driven by how much time and organizational energy is devoured by the need to ceaselessly chase after corporate, foundation and individual donors and relentlessly market the product before the paying public. I second Babs' comments about the problems inherent in expecting the second-in-command to do the job for the fired development/marketing/PR, etc. directors. A mere time bomb. This is a desperate, short-term solution to buy the company some time and hope for manna from heaven to solve the major problem(s). And the more publicity these problems receive, the less likely it will be that major funding will be attracted. It becomes a vicious downward spiral.


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 Post subject: Re: Miami City Admin
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2000 1:10 pm 
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From reading the second article, it does show that there were cuts in other areas as well. The loss of seven dancers, as well as no orchestras this year is a big savings. There will be costs associated with creating appropriate recordings for the performances, but not the same as live orchestra. <P>So all departments are feeling this, not just the important departments that lost their heads, literally.<P>On the positive side, at least the company is getting the word out to the paper, even with the PR person gone. And it does sound like damage control sort of statements being made. So that is good.<P>


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 Post subject: Re: Miami City Admin
PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2000 3:19 pm 
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Anyone who has worked for a not-for-profit organization understands that sometimes titles are given INSTEAD of raises. The presumption that someone with the title of Director is making the big bucks works to the advantage of a company when it says it will score large savings by chopping staff. The people are in it for love of the artform, not for huge paychecks, and a Directors title usually means a job with responsibilities that go far beyond a 40-hour work week. Outside consultants can be brought in to cover a portion of the workload, but nothing beats the productivity of a full-time staff member. Who knows why decisions are made. You know what they say about history: the winner writes the tale. It sounds like the staff member were the losers.


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