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Friday, September 16, 2016   (0 Comments)

Presentations now online showcasing innovative ideas from Tessitura Learning & Community Conference


Tessitura Network, Inc. proudly announces that talks from the recent Tessitura Learning & Community Conference (TLCC) are now available to the public for free online viewing. Speakers include Annie Burridge of Opera Philadelphia; Nik Honeysett of Balboa Park Online Collaborative; Sherri Prentiss of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Rand Suffolk of the High Museum of Art; Alida Szabo of Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Heather Walker of the Royal Opera House; and executive leadership from the Tessitura Network. All videos are available at

Peabody Award-winning radio producer Julie Burstein, who is also a TED speaker and the best-selling author of Spark: How Creativity Works, moderated a keynote panel entitled “Catalyst Collaborations: Crossing Genres to Ignite Creativity.” Sherri Prentiss, Rand Suffolk and Alida Szabo spoke about how cross-genre collaborations lead to new opportunities for audience development, community engagement and the unexpected.

The conference also featured three presentations as part of Tessitura’s Innovator Series, a regular program showcasing innovation and best practices in the business of arts and culture. These talks are presented quarterly, and TLCC offered the opportunity for the speakers—Annie Burridge, Nik Honeysett and Heather Walker—to present in front of over 1,800 attendees. You can find the entire “Tessitura’s Innovator Series” playlist on our YouTube channel.

The Tessitura Learning & Community Conference took place August 7-11 in National Harbor, MD. Now in its 16th year, TLCC drew a record 1,882 arts and cultural professionals from all over the world. The annual conference is the world’s largest cross-genre, cross-functional gathering where arts and cultural professionals come to broaden their knowledge of the uses of Tessitura Software, learn about the latest products and services, attain information about future technology and share knowledge, insights and best practices with one another. 

Jack Rubin, Tessitura Network President, commented, “This Tessitura Network global gathering is undoubtedly the best place to be every year for learning, knowledge sharing, networking, collaborating, strategic thinking, innovation, and trend watching. Our business model, a nonprofit company serving the nonprofit arts and cultural sector, makes this company and this community unique.”

About the Tessitura Network
The Tessitura Network provides a unified CRM database that offers specialized functionality for ticketing/admissions, memberships, fundraising, business intelligence, marketing, education and more. Tessitura also offers complementary products and services including a hosted deployment option, a powerful e-commerce solution, mobile-optimized web experience and expert consulting from basic training through enterprise-level strategy. Organizations of all sizes are empowered to use Tessitura in a way that best suits their needs—either out of the box or as a platform for innovation.

The Tessitura Network was founded in 2001 by seven organizations who required a cross-functional system that was tailor-made for the arts and cultural sectors. To this day it is proud to be a member owned and governed nonprofit with a self-sufficient business model. As such, its users play a critical input role regarding the evolution of its products and services. Now, with nearly 200 staff members, the Tessitura Network continues to add new arts and cultural organizations to the community at a record pace. The Network serves over 550 organizations worldwide including theatres, museums, dance companies, performing arts centers, attractions, operas, festivals, symphonies, galleries, film centers and more. It operates in eight countries—Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.

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