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Michael Kaiser on appointment of Maestro van Zweden at the New York Philharmonic

The Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2016

"(Mr. van Zweden) will be officially ensconced in the 2018-2019 season, just before the Philharmonic embarks on the planned $500 million renovation of David Geffen Hall, its home venue at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, starting in 2019 ... With so much on the line, leadership is crucial, said Michael Kaiser, former president of the Kennedy Center and now chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. 'When people are considering making major gifts, they want to know who is going to be in charge,' he said. 'They want to know what the artistic perspective is going to be.'"

Orlando Ballet hires turnaround expert Michael Kaiser

Orlando Sentinel, January 20, 2016

"Dogged by financial struggles and a string of short-term executive directors, Orlando Ballet has hired a top name in arts leadership to shore up the organization. Michael M. Kaiser, who spent 15 years as president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., began consulting with the ballet this month. He left the center in August 2014 and is chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. “Based on his track record of turning around arts organizations, and specifically ballet companies, we are confident his leadership will help us continue the momentum we have as a company and guide us toward long-term growth and success,” said Sibille Pritchard, a former Orlando Ballet board chair who is leading the turnaround effort.

DeVos Institute study sends 'wake-up call' on funding for arts organizations of color

Los Angeles Times, October 12, 2015

"Sending 'a wake-up call' to arts donors, a new national study paints a bleak economic picture of African American and Latino nonprofit museums and performing arts companies and suggests that donors may have to let weaker organizations wither so that the strongest ones can grow. Funders may need to support 'a limited number of organizations,' says the report by the University of Maryland’s DeVos Institute of Arts Management, 'with larger grants to a smaller cohort that can manage themselves effectively, make the best art, and have the biggest impact on their communities.'"

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