Around The Blogosphere: Butts In The Seats

As my moving day rapidly approaches I am going to post some pointers to other blog sites you may not be aware of but are worth your time to visit. Today, I hope you’ll take a moment to visit Butts In The Seats, Musings on Practical Solutions For Arts Management one of my favorite arts management blogs outside of Arts Journal…


Butts In The Seats is one of the few arts management blogs which repeatedly demonstrates it isn’t timid about shedding some light on the otherwise dank, slimy underside of the rock known as arts management. At the same time, there’s nothing tawdry about the way Butts In The Seats approaches its subject material; rather, it examines everyday challenges (otherwise known as problems) all arts manager comes across at one pint or another in the course of doing business.

In particular, check out a wonderful article from 03/21/06.

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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