Adaptistration Goes On A Working Vacation

I’ll be at the Grand Teton Music Festival the next 10 days on a pseudo vacation. Although life will be decidedly more laid back and filled with Teton oriented fun and games, there’s just too much work to take each and every day off.

I’ll be getting ready for some of the projects going on over the summer; including preparing my presentation for the ICSOM conference (you’ll have to wait for some of the details but rest assured I will be presenting an exciting topic).

There is a good chance there will be some access to a wireless connection and if so, I’ll be able to get in a blog or two while I’m away. Plus I’ll be camouflaged as a music critic mercenary for Planet Jackson Hole and writing some reviews and previews for GTMF concerts. The last thing the reviews will be is boring, so it should be loads of fun.

Then there’s all the great fun hanging out with players; fun, fun, fun.

When I get back you can look forward to some really engaging summer articles.

  • Did you think the negotiation drama from the past season is over? Ha, guess again.
  • There’s doins’ a transpirin’ in Nashville!
  • Everything you wanted to know about IGSOBM but were afraid to ask.
  • Everything there is to know about Venezuela and classical music.
  • The 2005 Adaptistration Orchestra Compensation Report: find out how executive managers, music directors, and musicians are earning and if it is deserved. Last year’s article spawned a nearly identical article to appear in the New York Times, I wonder what this year’s article will inspire…
  • Adaptistration publications…
  • The long promised article about Dallas’ ten year strategic plan is still in the works.

  • 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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