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We see this business, which we have been in for the past several years, evolving quickly and away from the historic model. Non-exclusive flexibility makes even more sense in markets like ours so we are following a trend that makes sense to us. The one-size management-fits-all model is dying. Why? No one person can effectively stay on top of the complex mix of skills required to support today's artist. In addition to all of the traditional aspects of marketing, PR, prospecting, selling and negotiating, there is social media with its growing number of channels, and the exploding technology of all of this. Even if one person knew it all, they wouldn't have time to effectively implement it. Artists are being required to learn, and do, more and more self-management and promotion in order to keep up. But you can't do it all either and you should spend most of your time in and at your art. We have managed every aspect of your career for someone, somewhere, sometime. We can help you get organized, set priorities, put the right team together, and do many of the most basic things that help you achieve your goals.
For the most part, presenters in this region are programming with more variety, smaller budgets, less experience, and more touring talent, than in the metropolitan and urban markets. We have experienced every challenge they face and by sharing our expertise, we would like to help the regional market for artists expand and mature by helping presenters be successful and able to attract, and compensate fairly, artists of the quality their constituencies desire.
After stabilizing and maintaining non-profit arts organizations since 1980, from both inside and outside of them, Bob Jones was one of the real turnaround kings before that term became a resume buzzword. He and his associates can save your organization from dissolution or take it from good to great. Been there and done that. Several times.
Sometimes an executive director or board chair just needs an experienced ally, someone who has not only walked but run, in his or her moccasins, available 24/7, to validate or problem-solve with them for a modest monthly retainer. It can save huge consulting fees because you will be doing it yourself, but not alone.
Robert C. "Bob" Jones has been a leader in the performing arts field for over 40 years, having brought innovation, change, and improved bottom line results including five major turnarounds, to symphony, opera and musicians’ professional organizations.
He started working as a professional musician at age 17 and eventually played saxophones, clarinet and flute full-time for 20 years with orchestras, bands, arena shows, national Broadway touring companies and as a classical saxophonist soloing with orchestras and bands and leading the Oregon Saxophone Quartet.
After earning a degree in economics and while attending law school, he was elected to head the Portland (Oregon) local musicians’ union and, subsequently, to the American Federation of Musicians International Executive Board, and its youngest member and only active career musician at the time.
Mr. Jones's business, labor and artistic achievements caused the Minnesota Orchestra to recruit him as general manager of the orchestra and Orchestra Hall. As President of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 14 years, he led its growth to one of America’s few 52-week season orchestras, the acquisition and renovation of the Hilbert Circle Theatre and an adjacent office tower, endowment growth from $4 million to $96 million, a recordings, a decade of “Indianapolis on the Air” national broadcasts, and two tours each of the US and Europe. Moving to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as Vice President, Music, and President of the National Symphony Orchestra, Jones was not only responsible for the NSO but for the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and the Fortas Chamber Series among other duties.
While CEO of the Indianapolis and National Symphony Orchestras, he served on numerous advisory boards, grant review panels, foundation and pension fund boards. In 2001, he created and operated two private sector companies while continuing arts management consulting and became a director of the Symphony Orchestra Institute. Consulting engagements led to leadership roles with two symphony and opera organizations in crisis and their recoveries from imminent closure: Opera Pacific and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. He has been a volunteer consultant for the Fund for Arts and Culture in Asia, served on the board of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. He was a founding member of both the Indianapolis and the Portland (OR) city arts councils and chaired the latter for two years. He has served on panels and/or done organizational assessments for the Indiana and Michigan state arts councils and for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Currently, Mr. Jones is a Senior Advisor with StillArt, a company based in Finland with clients throughout Europe. He is vice-president of World-Wide Concurrent Commissions, a new music commissioning organization based in Boston with over 20 works by prominent composers fully funded and premiered, world-wide. He has been a member of the League of American Orchestras and the International Association of Artist Managers.
Bob Jones served as managing partner of Chesapeake International Artists, 2012-2015 working with founder William Nerenberg in providing select performing artists and composers to the world’s stages, resources for visionary programmers, and advisory support to a limited number of professional and volunteer leaders in the musical arts. When Bill retired and closed that business, Bob created Chesapeake International Arts, to continue both his consulting and his work on behalf of individual artists. He has established the Regional Online Artists Directory open to professional artists of all disciplines that provides an innovative shared web platform for customized individual artists’ pages and ad hoc management and booking services.
Mr. Jones’s reputation for his accomplished musicianship, entrepreneurial enterprise, and his organization management track record in programming, fundraising, governance, financial management, strategic planning and labor relations has given him a respected International reputation.
During his 20 years as a performer, Mr. Jones had a large private teaching studio of up to 70 pupils a week. He was adjunct faculty at Portland State University, Lewis and Clark College, Mt. Hood Community College and Reed College. He is an experienced sailor (Pacific Northwest to Alaska, trans-Atlantic, Australia, Caribbean, Chesapeake Bay, California coast).
He now resides in Maryland on historic Tilghman's Island, with his wife, Susan, an author of humorous verse and a professional clarinetist and pianist. Today, they are both active performers, working together in their musical group, Zefiro and in Chesapeake International Arts. They volunteer regularly in their community for environmental, historic, and religious organizations.
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