Katy Clark to take over Brooklyn Academy of Music presidency
News of #WomeninBiz this week includes the announcement of a new president for the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Katy Clark, president and executive director of New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s, will be taking over the position from Karen Brooks Hopkins. Ms. Hopkins served as president since 1999 and was a trailblazer for the institution, increasing fund-raising and setting the academy up to be a staple of music in Downtown Brooklyn.
Ms. Clark will be working with a larger budget and scale than her duties required at St. Luke’s, but stated that she’s “up to the challenge, that’s for certain.” Academy chairman Alan H. Fishman seems to agree. “If you can successfully run an emergent classical music organization, you can probably pretty much do anything,” he said.
Greek Theatre wants to move operation in-house
The LA Recreation and Parks Department wants to take over operation of the Greek Theatre, a move which we be voted on this week. The move follows LA City Council’s rejection of moving the management of the venue to Live Nation. The staff concluded that there wasn’t enough time to issue a new request for proposals (RFP), which can take 18 months to process. In the meantime, they’d use their self-operation “to evaluate and analyze projected increased annual revenues while providing sufficient time to receive ample and meaningful input should a decision be made to use a new request for proposals,” as the report states.
Notre Dame athletics department makes a bold move with fees
In other news, the University of Notre Dame decided last week to eliminate all service charges and fees for their athletics department, following a positive response to their “Fee Free February” promotion. Effective for the 2015-16 season, the face value of the ticket will be the only charge from start to finish, including delivery. Rob Kelly, Notre Dame assistant athletics director for ticketing and technology, noted that the change “reflects a conscious decision to align our ticket pricing practices with the broader experience we want to deliver all Notre Dame athletics fans.”
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That’s all for #TicketingNow this week. Stay tuned on the Ticket Voice blog for all your ticketing news updates.