Appearing On A Podcast Near You

On (or about) August 21st, I’ll be appearing as a guest on the new “Classical Connections” Podcast which comes to us from the continuously clever mind of none other than Bill Eddins…

Playbill’s Ben Mattison wrote a good piece about Bill’s new project on 8/17/05, you can find most of the relevant details there. You’ll be able to find more info about Podcast at, however I’ll put up a direct link to Classical Connections here once it’s all up and functional.

I’m not going to tell you what I’m contributing to Bill’s Podcast, it’s a surprise. You’ll just have to tune in and listen in order to find out. But given Bill’s propensity for being a highly entertaining individual I doubt you’ll be disappointed by any of the production.

One of the musician delegates at the ICSOM convention asked me if I had any plans to begin making some Adaptistration Podcasts. Honestly, I haven’t given it any serious thought, but now the seed has been planted…

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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