Online Resources for the SLSO Standoff

A sharp eyed Adaptistration reader, Jonathan from St. Louis, recently sent me a note pointing out that I’ve never bothered to list some of the primary sources for direct information regarding the St. Louis negotiation impasse.


Throughout the ongoing negotiation impasse in St. Louis both musicians and management have used the internet as a way of communicating their views to the public. 



Another useful resource of information and a great deal of opinion is the very lively discussion board maintained by STLtoday.com and moderated by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch classical music critic, Sarah Bryan Miller: http://forums.stltoday.com/viewforum.php?f=19


You can join in the conversations and add your own voice to the discussions.  I think having a real time resource like the discussion board is a great idea and the more people outside of St. Louis participating, the better.


Of course, you can always find out what’s happening right here at Adaptistration (including an archive entry specifically for all of the articles related to St. Louis) and the continuously updated Arts Journal Music News Headlines.


Thanks again to Jonathan in St. Louis and all of the sharp eyed readers who take the time to point out the holes in Adaptistration’s offerings.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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