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Beacons in the Dark

Introducing a new program to share insight and visions of hope for arts and culture

Andrew Recinos, seen from the torso up, seated in front of a bookcase.

Andrew RecinosPresident, Tessitura Network

TitleBeacons in the Dark


Read/View Time4 min

I spend a lot of time on the phone these days. 

As the president of a company that serves more than 700 cultural organizations, much of that time is spent with the people who, in normal times, make the business of culture tick. I talk with leaders at grand institutions like the Sydney Opera House and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I talk with equally grand-in-spirit-if-not-size organizations like the tiny Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard, Oregon and the Grange Park Opera in the UK (staff size: 12).

Right now, the first question I hear is always the same: What are you hearing?

The COVID-19 asteroid has hit, ash has blotted out the sun, the impact winter has settled in, and all of us are stumbling around in the dark.

After a few more of these calls, I realized that this question — What are you hearing? — wasn’t idle curiosity. It was a cry for help. The implied question was actually: What are you hearing that is working?

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And just like that, I realized what Tessitura could do to help. We could provide the industry with beacons in the dark. A forum for leaders who have found something that is working right now. A forum for visionaries to share what they’ve learned so far.

Not for a moment does this suggest that they have it all figured out — no one has! But ones who are displaying both vision and relevance in this moment are our beacons in the dark.

Introducing Innovators in Conversation

It is my pleasure to announce a new program of the Tessitura Network, open to everyone: Innovators in Conversation: Advancing the Future of Arts and Culture.

This is a weekly video chat with an industry leader in conversation with me. Each conversation will last 30 minutes and will be followed by 15 minutes of live Q&A. Each guest will share a few ideas that have worked, what hasn’t worked, what they have learned, and how they are thinking about the future.

My first three guests have displayed immediate and effective leadership in the heat of the COVID-19 crisis:

Tuesday, April 28
Scott Stulen, CEO and President, Philbrook Museum of Art

Tuesday, May 5
Annie Burridge, General Director and CEO, Austin Opera

Tuesday, May 12
Claire Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne

Scott Stulent, seated in front of a painting, seen from the waist up Annie Burridge, seen from the shoulders up, looking forward and smiling  Headshot of Claire Spencer | Photo credit Mark Gambino  

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to hear from each of them. You can register for these free events here.


In coming weeks, we will announce additional conversations with other visionary leaders from our community. The recorded conversations will be available on our website for anyone to watch later.

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Tessitura Network is a co-op. We are a member-owned non-profit. Our mission includes these words:

Tessitura Network enables and inspires cultural organizations of all sizes to achieve their goals…. by fostering learning, knowledge sharing and community collaboration between peers and organizations.

By providing this weekly beacon of light, we hope that the Tessitura community can give you some inspiration to find a way out of the dark.

Please join us.



Top photo by Mitch Mckee on Unsplash.

Andrew Recinos, seen from the torso up, seated in front of a bookcase.

Andrew Recinos


Tessitura Network

Andrew Recinos is President of the Tessitura Network.

He is responsible for oversight of Tessitura's North American operations, including Consulting, Application Support, Managed Services, Community, Conference, and Learning Resources divisions. Working closely with CEO Jack Rubin, Andrew is a key strategic leader for the company. Taking an active role in connecting with Tessitura's member organizations, Andrew visits with scores of cultural professionals around the globe each year, sharing news about the company and learning the many unique stories of our community. Andrew's presentations draw insights from the multifaceted organizations in the world of Tessitura. 

Prior to joining Tessitura, Andrew was a Managing Director at Jacobson Consulting Applications (JCA) where he oversaw their Products division.  Andrew served as a product lead for the development of T-Stats, Tessitura Dashboards and the Revenue Management Application (RMA), as well as serving as Tessitura implementation lead for more than 30 Tessitura implementations. In 2009, Andrew became the Product Manager for the Tessitura Next Generation Project and served on the Board Steering Committee for the project to re-envision Tessitura. Prior to JCA, Andrew worked in fundraising, membership and technology at a variety of non-profits, most notably Carnegie Hall in New York City, where he worked for eight years. Among his roles was Director, Friends of Carnegie Hall, where he oversaw all aspects of this 15,000 member program.

Andrew has a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration and Bachelor of Music, Composition from Indiana University. He currently serves on the Distinguished Alumni Council of the Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.

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