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Brooklyn Academy of Music Staff Reductions: A Challenging Post-Pandemic Reality – The Gentleman Report – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Brooklyn Academy of Music Staff Reductions: A Challenging Post-Pandemic Reality – The Gentleman Report


A spokesperson for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) expressed their dissatisfaction and shared their worries about the recent staff layoffs. The organization’s main priority is now to minimize the negative impact as much as possible.

BAM, a renowned artistic institution that has been showcasing works since 1861, is currently facing the same challenges as numerous arts organizations across the country in this post-pandemic era. The Center Theater Group, a prominent Los Angeles theater entity, had to lay off 10% of its workforce and stop productions at one of its three stages, the Mark Taper Forum, earlier this month.

In addition to these difficulties, BAM is also going through significant changes in leadership, after enjoying a period of stability for several years. David Binder, the current artistic director, is set to step down next month after serving nearly four years in the role. His predecessors, Joseph V. Melillo and Harvey Lichtenstein, each served over three decades at the institution.

On the executive side, Ms. Victoria Bailey became the president in 2022 after Katy Clark left the position after serving for five years. Notably, Clark was permitted to keep an apartment that was facilitated by BAM. Clark succeeded Karen Brooks Hopkins, who dedicated 36 years to the institution, including 16 years as president.

After the passing of former board chair Adam Max, Nora Ann Wallace took over as the new chair in 2020.

Like other arts organizations, BAM had to face the challenges caused by the pandemic, which resulted in the suspension of live performances for several months. Although many institutions survived the shutdown with federal aid, they still had to struggle to attract audiences and donors upon reopening.

Before the staff reductions, BAM had 222 full-time positions, which had decreased to around 200, and the latest round of layoffs is expected to reduce the workforce even further.

Expressing their discontent, a spokesperson for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has shared their concern over the recent staff layoffs. The organization has been showcasing artistic works since 1861 and is currently grappling with the challenges faced by numerous arts organizations across the country in the post-pandemic era. The Center Theater Group, a prominent Los Angeles theater entity, let go of 10% of its workforce and ceased productions at one of its three stages, the Mark Taper Forum, earlier this month.

BAM is also dealing with significant changes in leadership, after enjoying a period of stability for many years. David Binder, the current artistic director, is slated to step down next month after completing nearly four years in the role. His predecessors, Joseph V. Melillo and Harvey Lichtenstein, each served over three decades at the institution.

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Regarding the executive side, Ms. Victoria Bailey took over as president in 2022 after the departure of Katy Clark, who held the position for five years. Notably, Clark was allowed to keep an apartment that was facilitated by BAM. Clark succeeded Karen Brooks Hopkins, who dedicated 36 years to the institution, including 16 years as president. Following the passing of former board chair Adam Max, Nora Ann Wallace assumed the role in 2020.

Similar to other arts organizations, BAM has had to confront the obstacles generated by the pandemic, which resulted in the suspension of live performances for several months. Although many institutions survived the shutdown with federal aid, they faced challenges in attracting audiences and donors upon reopening.

Prior to the staff reductions, BAM had 222 full-time positions, down from 256 before the pandemic. The number had recently decreased to around 200, and the latest round of layoffs is expected to further reduce the workforce below that threshold. The organization’s primary focus now is to minimize the negative impact as much as possible.

Expressing discontent, a spokesperson for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) shared their concern over the recent staff layoffs. The organization’s primary focus now is to minimize the negative impact as much as possible.

BAM, which has been showcasing artistic works since 1861, is currently grappling with the challenges faced by numerous arts organizations across the country in the post-pandemic era. The Center Theater Group, a prominent Los Angeles theater entity, let go of 10% of its workforce and ceased productions at one of its three stages, the Mark Taper Forum, earlier this month.

In addition to these difficulties, BAM is also dealing with significant changes in leadership, after enjoying a period of stability for many years. David Binder, the current artistic director, is slated to step down next month after completing nearly four years in the role. His predecessors, Joseph V. Melillo and Harvey Lichtenstein, each served over three decades at the institution.

Regarding the executive side, Ms. Victoria Bailey took over as president in 2022 after the departure of Katy Clark, who held the position for five years. Notably, Clark was allowed to keep an apartment that was facilitated by BAM. Clark succeeded Karen Brooks Hopkins, who dedicated 36 years to the institution, including 16 years as president.

Following the passing of former board chair Adam Max, Nora Ann Wallace assumed the role in 2020.

Similar to other arts organizations, BAM has had to confront the obstacles generated by the pandemic, which resulted in the suspension of live performances for several months. Although many institutions survived the shutdown with federal aid, they faced challenges in attracting audiences and donors upon reopening.

Prior to the staff reductions, BAM had 222 full-time positions, down from 256 before the pandemic. The number had recently decreased to around 200, and the latest round of layoffs is expected to further reduce the workforce below that threshold.

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