TAFTO Contribution Drew McManus On WNYC

The good folks at WNYC’s Soundcheck came up with a great idea for participating in Take a Friend to Orchestra month.  From their website today:

May is “Take a Friend to Orchestra Month,” a new initiative started by Drew McManus, author of the blog “Adaptistration” at Artsjournal.com, in order to bring newcomers to the concert hall. In the spirit of the month, Drew has taken host John Schaefer’s brother Jerry to a concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Jerry has previously never been to an orchestral concert, busy as he is running a lumber yard in Queens. Today, we get Jerry’s reaction to the experience when both he and Drew join us on the program.

As such, You’ll be able to hear my TAFTO contribution today, live on Soundcheck.  It promises to be loads of fun and if you miss the live broadcast, you’ll be able to pull up the recording any time later by visiting the Soundcheck archives.

When & Where

  • Monday, May 16th, from 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET.
  • WNYC’s Soundcheck hosted by John Schaefer

How can I listen?

  • If you’re in the New York City area, turn your radio dial to FM93.9 or AM820.
  • If you don’t live in the NYC area, you can still listen to the live program online at WNYC’s website or on XM Radio.
  • If you can’t listen to the live broadcast, WNYC will make the entire program available on the Soundcheck archive.


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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