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Apollo's Fire the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
April 23, 2010

A extraordinarily valuable musical arts performance resource in Northern Ohio and a rather unique one in the nation. It needs funds to do more and better. The organization is deserving of substantial General Operating Support.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Very entertaing and informative performances.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Attended Performances.

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INTERMUSEUM CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
April 23, 2010

The Intermuseum Conservation Association appears to receive substantial revenue from fee-based services based on my review of its 990 reports, offering the very same art conservation services as so many similar for-profit enterprises today and offers the kinds of pro-bono services to the public, on-going professional research, and educational opportunities (internships) as some for-profit conservation service providers whose business success can support these public service activities. Therefore, it may be expected that, like any successful business providing art conservation services, many of these public benefit pro-bono services can be provided by either non-profit and for-profit entities alike entirely from fee-based service revenue. Art conservation services outside of in-house museum departments today are mostly provided by for-profit commercial enterprises, many of which self-fund the expected professional contributions to public outreach, basic professional advancement research and aid to those who can not fully pay. Many decades ago, conservation centers such as the Intermuseum Conservation Laboratory operated by the Intermuseum Conservation Association were pioneers in the basics of conservation research and the promotion of conservation awareness and were in need of granted funding to support these activities of a fledgling profession. Nowadays, the growth of for-profit and similar providers of art conservation services have grown immensely and the public and museum communities are now well educated on preservation. This makes the old non-profit model of an art conservation center appear like a dinosaur today, yet they keep begging for financial support that a number of art conservation businesses have proven is unnecessary. On this basis, The Intermuseum Conservation Association seems less a reasonable candidate for General Operating Support in these times. However, the Intermuseum Conservation Association offers valuable programs that can not normally be funded from the revenue of for-profit art conservation services providers and therefore the Intermuseum Conservation Association is deserving of consideration of program-based funding.

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Disclosure: This review is from a former employee of the Intermuseum Conservation Association (1993-1989)and the reviewer is the owner of a same-sized, same services company operating in Northern Ohio and one that competes for some of the same revenue.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I own and operate a for-profit company offering similar fee-based services.

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