Adaptistration Merchandise

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Visit Adaptistration’s very own CafePress online store, the only site where you can pick up official Adaptistration merchandise and publications. A wide variety of merchandise is available from the obligatory (yet compellingly necessary) coffee mug through clothing and office accessories. They make perfect gifts for coworkers or yourself.

Special items include the officially sanctioned Kyle Gann Take a Friend to Orchestra T-shirt and the unique line of “satisfaction” apparel.


  • The Adaptistration Compensation Report – Standard Edition A power packed document with five year’s of compensation figures for executive directors, music direcotrs, concetmasters, and base musicians for 76 ICSOM, IGSOBM, & ROPA ensembles. At $25.00, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.
  • The Adaptistration Orchestra Website Review: 2004 & 2005 Report. It contains everything you’ve wanted to know about the Orchestra Website Review that wasn’t published online. 126 pages of detailed grades, criteria, statistics and more from the 2004 and 2005 Orchestra Website Review.
  • Take A Friend To The Orchestra, The Official Guide For Introducing Your Friends To Classical Music. It’s a collection of all 24 essays contributed during the 2005 & 2006 Take a Friend to Orchestra month. Now in its second printing!

  • Don’t See Something You Want?
    Just ask. One of the best features of CafePress is the nearly unlimited flexibility to customize their entire array of merchandise. There are over 68 products available in 13 different categories, everything from teddy bears through bumper sticker, and tote bags which can be customized with the Adaptistration logo and/or content as you see fit.

    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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