Lost But Not Forgotten Update

The Lost But Not Forgotten section has been updated. In particular, a recent settlement surrounding the former Florida Philharmonic leaves the musicians with approximately $0.22 for every dollar they should have been paid as creditors in the bankruptcy proceedings. Read more about that situation and as well as updates for the other ensembles at Lost But Not Forgotten.

As a reminder, the Lost But Not Forgotten page is always featured in the right hand navigation column under the “Resources” category.

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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  1. I found this headline in my inbox today…”Consultant recommends new performing arts center for San Antonio.” Yep, this is the same San Antonio that just showed up in your lost but not forgotten update. To summarize, this consultant found “needs for six types of new facilities,” including “an 1,850-seat concert hall for the San Antonio Symphony and other acoustic music” and “a recital hall, with 650-800 seats, for chamber music and the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio.” This is all from ASOL’s “In the News” email newsletter.

    Remember what they say in Star Wars — I have a bad feeling about this… Assuming that San Antonio does jump on the new PAC bandwagon (at enormous expense), will it REALLY renew interest in the performing arts, including the symphony? Will the symphony be around long enough to participate in the grand opening? Looking at the track record, it just seems like venues are not the problem in this case. Maybe determining community interests and support levels for the performing arts would be a better use of the consultant’s time.

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