Today on Soundcheck – Applause!

An Arts Journal blogs first: two AJ bloggers will be appearing on WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer to discuss an issue that’s been bouncing back and forth between their blogs over the past two weeks. Namely, Doug Ramsey, proprietor of Rifftides, and I will be appearing during the 2:00P.M. – 3:00P.M. hour. We’ll be John’s guests as we add some input on the whole “to clap or not to clap” issue.

How can I hear the show?

  • You can listen to the show on the radio if you live in the NYC area on FM93.9 or AM820.
  • You can listen live via audio stream (windows 20k or MP3 32k 96k).
  • If you’re not free you can download a digital copy of the show at their archives, they usually have it up the same evening (efficient, aren’t they?).
  • You can even catch the show via Podcast. Cool.

  • So there really isn’t any reason to miss the show. It certainly promises to be entertaining so clear your calendar and hope that they take calls.

    If you’ve missed the whole cross blog discussion on applause, you can catch up in a few moments:

  • It started over at Rifftides.
  • Then it got picked up here at Adaptistration.
  • Followed up by another post at Rifftides including a personal response from bill Kirchner, the man responsible for prompting Doug to start the discussion).
  • The topic made one more stop at Adaptistration.

  • Update
    Here are some direct links to today’s segment: RM stream dowload MP3

    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.

    1 thought on “Today on Soundcheck – Applause!”

    1. This is such a great conversation. I’m definitely going to be putting some of these questions and perspectives to my general music students to hear what they have to say about it both in terms of them going to concerts outside of school and their performing in the classroom. Depending on how the dialogue goes I may have to adjust the way I’ve approached the topic in the past and broaden it. After all, the music education of future potential audiences is taking place in classrooms everyday. Unfortunately with schools cutting music programs across the country these issues are in risk of only being addressed at concerts. It could be very interesting to hear more youth perspectives on the same issues that the cross blogging has been addressing. Thanks for keeping the refreshing conversation going.

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