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19th April 2013 Sara Lock

Resources by Dr Thomas Wolf

Developing successful cultural partnerships in the community

This book offers examples of successful cultural partnerships from the US and outlines how these have benefited local communities.  Based on the success of these partnerships it also offers some useful advice on developing successful partnerships in the community as well as outlining some less successful ventures into partnership and based on this, tips on what should be avoided.  Case studies are shared from across the cultural sector in the US. This is a detailed but well presented and easily digested book.

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Music and healthcare: the benefical impact music has on health

This study by US based consultancy WolfBrown was commissioned by the Musical Connections program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.  In 2011, on the back of the apparent success that Musical Connections had on impacting participant’s lives, Carnegie Hall made a decision to roll the program out on a national level.  In preparation for this WolfBrown were asked to carry out a piece of work to demonstrate, through extensive desk research, the impact that music has on health and well being.  The study covers a wide variety of health issues and the benefits that music can bring.  It also covers the benefits that music can bring to the relationship between patient and health care provider.

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Case study of a failing orchestra

This in-depth case study report focuses on the San Jose Symphony Orchestra which closed in 2002 and is a cautionary tale for other cities, other symphony orchestras, for those in the entertainment industry, and for anyone connected with a nonprofit organisation. It looks at the history of classical music organisations, its market, the avoidance of the concert hall, competition, consumer preference, financial and organisational issues, leadership, economic issues and provides advice for other orchestras.

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