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TRG Arts is a partner in a major new program to support the next generation of cultural leaders in the United Kingdom. TRG Arts is working with Coventry City of Culture Trust, Coventry University and other partners on an innovative program designed to strengthen and diversify the next generation of leadership for Coventry’s creative sector which will reflect the diversity and cultural strengths of the city.

Posted July 1, 2020


A study of 74 TRG Arts clients across three countries reveals optimism for an autumn return to performances in their primary performance spaces after shutdowns caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted June 18, 2020


By Jill Robinson, CEO

Stop. And listen.

This week has been among the most intense I’ve experienced in my professional and personal life.  And based on the conversations we had at this week’s Executive Recovery Summit, I am not alone.

Posted June 5, 2020


By Jill Robinson, CEO

It’s not that recovery is happening. We’re deep in the midst—the messy, dark midst—of this crisis. But as I said in last week’s blog post, I’m going to share observations after each TRG Executive Recovery Summit, and today my observations are about how we’re moving through this time, and what movement must be next.

Posted May 28, 2020


By Jill Robinson, CEO, TRG Arts

Seventy-five arts and cultural chief executives from the around the world are digging in, planning for recovery through the COVID-19 crisis. There are more than these, of course. But I’ve spent time with these 75 over the past month, from mid-April through mid-May, as the impact of the crisis on our sector has changed, evolved, and grown in its realities. And I’ve been inspired.

Posted May 19, 2020


Zannie Voss, Director, SMU DataArts
Jill Robinson, CEO, TRG Arts

“I saw a future, and it was like watching this tornado in the distance, just watching it come and not being able to do anything about it. I think all artists have foresight. The work that we do is to create futuresand invite people into them. And so that’s what I’m trying to do: to put forward a proposal for the future and invite people into it.” Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Posted May 18, 2020



By Jill Robinson, CEO


It’s the beginning of April and almost exactly a month since the World Health Organization deemed COVID-19 a global pandemic.  April is the time when arts and cultural organizations are typically in full swing on subscription and membership campaigns, and when many performing arts organizations in North America are preparing fiscal year-end giving appeals.


This year is anything but typical.  But those campaigns are running. People are subscribing, becoming members.  They’re giving.


Posted April 10, 2020


By Jill Robinson, CEO

A crystal ball… in Week 3 of TRG 30 it’s clear we’re all looking for and needing one. The advance questions from our group of more than 800 registrants were almost entirely about the future—when we’ll be able to reschedule, program, open doors. And what to do now that we know, on the main, that this won’t be happening soon.

Posted April 3, 2020


By Jill Robinson, CEO

Week Two of TRG 30 brought more than 500 global arts and cultural leaders together, and it was clear that everyone’s minds are still squarely focused on the “here and now”. Managing and maintaining cash and revenue streams is crucial; it’s where we focused our findings and Q&A. We’re also discovering that so many questions and situations are defined by the market, nation, business model, financial security going into the crisis, and more. Moving forward, TRG 30 will be the place to learn about themes affecting our sector, and our LinkedIn Group: TRG 30 Virtual Network will become the place to get specific questions answered by TRG consultants and peers from around the globe.

Posted March 26, 2020


By Jill Robinson, CEO

On Tuesday, more than 350 international arts leaders joined me for our first TRG 30, designed to provide a sector clearinghouse and gathering place for action during the COVID-19 crisis.  Not surprisingly, everyone’s minds, today, was focused on the NOW.  First up: maintaining relationships with patrons at a time when we’re not open, not performing, not accessible as normal.  As normal.

Posted March 18, 2020


By Jill Robinson, CEO  

It made me cry.  Joyously. 

On Friday, organizational psychologist Adam Grant (@AdamMGrant) tweeted a video from Siena, Tuscany, in Italy. I heard it more than saw it: voices coming from open windows, singing a “popular song from their houses along an empty street to warm their hearts during the Italian Covid-19 lockdown,” tweeted the person on-site. (Please, take 15 seconds to watch it. It will lift you; I promise.) 

Posted March 16, 2020


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