An Adaptistration Contest

Following the flood of messages from readers about the graphics from yesterday’s article, I decided it was high time for a contest…


In particular, these two graphics generated a number of positive responses and since my wife and I had so much fun coming with caption ideas, I thought it would be fun to let Adaptistration readers come up with caption ideas of their own.

As such, it’s time to kick-off the first ever Adaptistration Caption Contest. To enter, submit your suggestion as a comment to this post or via email by clicking the “ENTER VIA COMMENT” or “ENTER VIA EMAIL” link following to each cartoon.

Winners of The Adaptistration Caption Contest will:

  • Receive a full size digital copy of the cartoon with their caption in .png and .jpg formats
  • Have their name listed in the article announcing the winners as well as a link pointing to a URL of their choice (see Contest Rules for further details).

  • Remember, when submitting your suggestion, make sure to include your name and a valid email address. Any submission without a valid email address will be discarded. Captions submitted via comment will be made public whereas those submitted by email will remain private (unless selected as a finalist). Submissions can have anything to do with classical music (meaning it doesn’t need to be about the situation in Utah) although keeping it in the orchestra business would be a good idea.

    Cartoon #1: Submit Copy For The Speech Bubble (keep in mind it must fit in the speech bubble)
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    ENTER VIA COMMENT
    ENTER VIA EMAIL

    Cartoon #2: Submit A Caption
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    ENTER VIA COMMENT
    ENTER VIA EMAIL

    Contest Rules

    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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    17 thoughts on “An Adaptistration Contest

    1. LOL, you’re a picky son-of-a-bitch, aren’t you Marc? I’ll tell ya, these critics…

      Seriously, thanks for pointing that out, it’s now fixed. Actually, it almost works as a caption for the second cartoon… 🙂

    2. “Any submission with a valid email address will be discarded.”

      Sounds kind of like something Monty Python would come up with to me.

    3. “Do not clap between movements…do not clap between movements…do not clap between movements…….”

      and…..

      “Standing ovations are required!”

    4. Cartoon #2

      PATRON: But I have a box seat.
      USHER: I don’t care if you’ve got a brass leg — you’ll sit where I tell you.

    5. Bubble: “You will NOT specifically target violists with your trombone. You will NOT speci…”

      Caption: “No, sir, only art critics who know nothing about music may be seated in the critic’s chair.”

    6. Caption #2: You are inappropriately DAPPER! We have gone casual, sir! Do you want to shock everyone? You can turn in your pinstriped suit, necktie, shoes, socks, shirt and cufflinks for free overalls in the back. YOu can keep the hat.

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