Still No Word From Interlochen

To date, representatives from the Interlochen Center for the Arts (ICA) have not returned or even acknowledged my requests for information regarding attendance figures from recent years. The request was submitted to ICA after comments from Jeff Kimpton, ICA president, appeared in the press.

The lack of response brings up some sincere concerns regarding issues of institutional transparency, a topic covered in great detail recently here at Adaptistration via the situation surround the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation. Hopefully, Interlochen’s Board of Trustees is attentive to issues like the one in Virginia, and will learn from how that situation is being resolved.

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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