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The Arts and Economic Prosperity Study by Americans for the Arts reports that nonprofit arts and culture institutions in Miami-Dade employed 30,000 workers and were responsible for $1 billion in direct spending.

The direct spending amount rises to $2 billion if commercial arts and culture businesses are included. In comparison, the arts employ almost as many as Miami-Dade county, and more than the top three private employers (American Airlines, University of Miami, and Baptist Health South Florida) combined.


The AFM has appointed Patrick Varriale as Director of its Electronic Media Services Division. Varriale has served the AFM for forty years and has been the EMSD Assistant Director since 2008.


Stewart Roberston will leave the Atlantic Classical Orchestra at the end of this season due to health complications associated with Parkinson's. Robertson has served as conductor and Artistic Director of the ACO since 2004.

The Jacksonville Symphony musicians have ratified a new three-year agreement, through September 2017. While the new agreement only partially restores cuts previously made, it calls for wage increases of 2.5 percent in each of the first two years and 1.5 percent in the final year.

Palm Beach Opera has presented its first world premiere in the company's 54-year history. Composer Ben Moore's opera, Enemies, a Love Story, is based based on a novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer and tells the story of a Holocaust victim living in 1948 in New York City.


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