2015 APACA Conference
Mobilise: Creating Momentum. Carriageworks, Sydney 17 – 20 August, 2015
Opening Keynote - Michael M. Kaiser
Organisation: DeVos Institute of Arts Management
Dubbed “the Turnaround King” for his work at numerous institutions, Michael M. Kaiser founded the DeVos Institute of Arts Management in 2001.
From 2001-14, he served as President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the United States’ center for the performing arts, where he expanded the education and artistic programming, oversaw a major renovation effort of most of the Kennedy Center’s theaters, and led the country in arts management training. Mr. Kaiser previously served as Executive Director of the Royal Opera House, the largest performing arts organization in the United Kingdom. During his tenure with the Royal Opera House, that organization erased its historic accumulated deficit, completed a £214 million redevelopment of the facility, created an endowment fund, and greatly increased its level of support from the private and public sectors.
Prior to joining the Royal Opera House, Mr. Kaiser was Executive Director of American Ballet Theatre (ABT). During his three-year tenure at ABT, he erased the entire historic accumulated deficit, created a second company, greatly expanded national and international touring activity, substantially increased both contributed and earned income, and built an acclaimed series of education programs. Mr. Kaiser has also served as Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation, the world’s largest modern dance organization. During his tenure, the Ailey Company erased its accumulated deficit, expanded its school, and increased all forms of revenue. He has also served as General Manager of the Kansas City Ballet, where he erased that company’s deficit as well. Before entering the arts management field, Mr. Kaiser was a management consultant in the corporate sector.
Mr. Kaiser received his master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and his bachelor’s degree in economics magna cum laude from Brandeis University. He has been an adjunct professor of arts administration at New York University and a lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Mr. Kaiser has received numerous awards for his contributions to the arts, including the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America and honorary doctorate degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
He is the author of eight books: Curtains? The Future of the Arts in America (2015); The Cycle: A Practival Approach to Managing Arts Organizations (2013); Conversation Starters: Arts Management Topics for Today (2011); Leading Roles: 50 Questions Every Arts Board Should Ask (2010); The Art of the Turnaround (2008); Strategic Planning in the Arts: A Practical Guide (1995); Developing Industry Strategies: A Practical Guide of Industry Analysis (1983); and Understanding the Competition: A Practical Guide of Competitive Analysis (1981).
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