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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.'"

Brett Egan on the Heidelberg Project's 30th anniversary

B.L.A.C. Magazine, March 09, 2016

"A 60-year-old Detroit native, [Tyree] Guyton is arguably Motown's most famous painter and sculptor. He's also all but certainly the city's most controversial artist. The father of five is the mastermind behind the Heidelberg Project. The self-described 'open-air' art project of decorated homes and empty lots meant to push back at urban decay celebrates its 30th anniversary this spring ... 'They've been hugely entrepreneurial, fearless, and necessarily outspoken over a period of extraordinary transition in Detroit, and they've shown incredible fortitude and vision during that period,' says Brett Egan, president of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland at College Park, which provides training, consultation and other support to hundreds of artists and artistic organizations around the world."

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