Comment Recap

Every so often I like to take a moment to point out some good comment threads you might be overlooking…

Given that many of these threads have been spread out over a few days, it’s likely that you may not have caught all of them.

80% Seems Like A Clear Majority: The situation in Philadelphia garnered a good number of thoughtful comments.

The Executive Shuffle: Where Are They Now?: This little article was popular enough, I may write some longer follow-up sooner than later.

The Professor Speaks: This thread includes a link to a good intra-blog comment discussion.

Knight and Day Part 1 and Part 2: This series of articles brought up a few comments worth taking a moment to read.

Next week is going to be rather full with a number of current events brewing around the country. In particular, there’s a financial crisis in Charleston, the San Antonio Symphony Board sticks its neck out, Chicago Symphony is back on the radio and has a new recording deal, and for some reason, the New World Symphony is trying to build a Frank Gehry-designed venue.

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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