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Philadelphia Inquirer on DeVos Institute's work with Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 03, 2016

"One of the nation's top arts consultants says that the Philadelphia Orchestra has accomplished much since exiting bankruptcy - but warns that it has not secured the support necessary to ensure its future ... The findings come after six months of looking under the orchestra's hood by Michael M. Kaiser, chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland and former president of the Kennedy Center in Washington. Kaiser conducted more than 100 interviews with orchestra staff, board, donors, musicians, and interested others, and offers observations and advice on a shrinking audience and a funding base that has not kept pace with expenses."

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.'"

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