It's a rare cultural institution -- maybe even a unique one -- that hasn't had to cut its budget in these turbulent times. And everyone's still worried about further declines and even closures. For some perspective, I decided to call someone who's been both an advice-giver and an arts manager -- Adrian Ellis, once a fulltime consultant in the arts and, since 2007, the Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Like me, Ellis thinks there'll be more casualities, because single-digit budget trimming isn't enough. Museums, he believes, will have to close galleries to lower their fixed costs, and performing arts groups, for example, may have to band together to share resources. Ellis also says that the old "pyramid" model for fundraising -- where 10% of the donors give 90% of the money -- is "too steep." MORE >>