What Happened To Canada?!?

In response to the flood of requests over the past few months from readers asking about when the Canadian Orchestra Website review will come out, I have some information…


what_happened_to_canada.jpgUnfortunately, 2006 was a very busy year and the time required to properly complete the Canadian Orchestra Website Review simply didn’t materialize. In the end, when faced with the options of conducting the review with lower standards than applied in previous years or allow this year to pass by and work on becoming better prepared in 2007, I opted for the latter.

Fortunately, the time frame where the Canadian Orchestra Website Review would have ordinarily appeared was filled with some of the most popular material to appear at Adaptistration. In the end, the last quarter of 2006 simply ended up with an over abundance of good things.

As a reminder, one way to ensure the Canadian Orchestra Website Review isn’t lost in the flow of 2007 is to sponsor the project. Feel free to inquire about sponsorship opportunities. However, in order to avoid a conflict of interest, sponsorship opportunities are not open to the American Symphony Orchestra League, Orchestras Canada, the American Federation of Musicians, and any symphony orchestra organization (including any organized support organizations) incorporated in the reviews.

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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