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DeVos Institute on Arab American National Museum's decade of development

The Detroit News, June 27, 2016

"When Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum opened in May 2005, it didn’t exactly look like a sure bet ... But the tiny museum, with a 2015 budget of $1.9 million — mostly raised from earned income, grants and donations — just wrapped up its 10th-anniversary year, and steps into the next decade punching way above its weight class ... 'From our perspective,' said Brett Egan, president of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, which advises museums on best practices, 'it’s the leading institution in the country representing the voice, traditions and aspirations of the Arab-American community.'"

DeVos Institute on Memphis Symphony Orchestra's joint venture with University of Memphis

Memphis Business Journal, May 05, 2016

"The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is relocating its administrative offices and changing its name in a move to combat the 'cost disease' that is spreading among American symphonies. After years of financial strain, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is partnering with the University of Memphis to reduce administrative costs and expand revenue-generating programming ... 'This isn't just about cutting costs,' [DeVos Institute President Brett] Egan said, 'but adding value. We believe this is a valuable model that should be observed throughout the field of symphony orchestras across the United States.'"

Michael Kaiser on Karamu House and challenges facing arts organizations of color

WCPN 90.3 FM Ideastream, March 10, 2016

"'Karamu is one of the most important in the country,' says Michael Kaiser. He's chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, a Washington-based agency that helps arts groups remain viable in a time of aging audiences and increased competition for the entertainment dollar. This past September, a DeVos report examined issues facing arts organizations of color. 'And what we found was that this sector was not growing at all, in terms of revenue. And yet, we've had inflation, and other arts organizations are growing, so that what happens is, if you are not growing, you're falling behind.'"

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