LPO & Displaced Musician Information

Offers of assistance, whereabouts, & how you can donate to relief efforts for displaced Gulf Coast Region orchestra musicians and managers….

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina hundreds of generous individuals gave of themselves to offer assistance to displaced musicians and managers from the Gulf Coast Region.

Over 300 offers of assistance for housing, instruments, work, and transportation flowed through these relief pages from across the country. Dozens of musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic and other Gulf Coast ensembles were able to take full advantage of those generous offers and have begun to settle into a steady routine while they wait to return to their homes. Thankfully, every musician and manager of the Louisiana Philharmonic is accounted for and safe.

As such, the individual offers for assistance have been removed from these pages but they are all on file for any displaced musician looking for aid. Please contact Drew McManus if you need access to any of the offers or would like to offer a new contribution.

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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