I’m looking for a cartoonist somewhere out there who is interested in doing an ongoing project here at Adaptistration.  My artistic ability is on par with Harvey Pekar (limited to crude stick figures) so looking for talent elsewhere is the only available option.


  • Artistic ability and enjoy drawing cartoons, B/W and color
  • You can be a hobbyist, amateur, or professional
  • Knowledge of orchestral concert halls and orchestral instruments a must
  • Sharp wit and a sense of humor
  • Experience drawing cartoons either for fun or profit in political and strip formats

The Gig

  • I can’t give away too many details or it will spoil the surprise, but rest assured it’s not going to be something that will sap away your free time and consume your life, I came up with this concept after watching American Splendor, starring Paul Giamatti
  • The strip will utilize a set of regular, reoccurring, and limited use characters
  • You’ll have a great deal of personal input, you won’t be limited to a simple “work made for hire” status
  • It will be loads of fun

What does it pay?

  • Considerably less than not much; you’ll have to want to do it for the truly altruistic reasons, however, if there is money to be made you’ll share equally in what develops

Serious inquires only; to apply, just send in an email.  The remaining details will be covered with potential candidates; you may be required to send in a sample of your work so if you have digital copies feel free to send them along with your email message.

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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