A Whole Lotta Comments Goin’ On

There have been some excellent comment conversations going on over the past week you might have missed…


The first is via Jessica D.’s winning essay from the TAFTO 2006 essay contest. Her piece has sparked a good discussion surrounding issues of ticket price & attire. It also garnered a wonderful comment from one of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra musicians that was on stage during the concert that inspired Jessica to enter the essay contest: http://adaptistration.com/2006/05/tafto_2006_essa.html#comments

The second is related to the issue of what constitutes a “core audience”. Cumulatively, the comments are more than twice as long as the actual article: http://adaptistration.com/2006/04/tafto_2006_afte.html#comments

Finally, the issues of executive compensation and accountability once again generated a good deal of thoughtful reaction from readers: http://adaptistration.com/2006/04/sometimes_surpr_1.html#comments

In all of these comment conversations, readers have been posting well after the article originally appeared. I’m still working on a way to include a “recent comments” section in the right hand navigation column, but until that is implemented I’ll always take the time to point out the protracted comments in this format.

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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