Off To The Chamber Music America Conference

I’ll be appearing today as a panelist for Chamber Music America’s 28th Annual National Conference session entitled Blogging (or how to build an audience without leaving home). The session begins at 11:15 in the Royale Room (9th Floor) of the Westin New York at Times Square, 270 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036.

Fellow panelists Alex Shapiro and Jerry Bowles helped me designed a first-rate handout for those in attendance; it has everything an aspiring blogger needs to get up and blogging successfully in short order. I’ll make the handout available here for download after the conference concludes, check back after the weekend. But Remember, nothing beats the live experience so if you’re in NYC and can come to the conference, you’ll thank yourself later.

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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