Cartoon Caption Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry for the Adaptistration Cartoon Caption Contest, they were all wonderful but only one for each cartoon could win…



Caption Submitted by: Russell Maddox



Caption Submitted by: Alan Valentine

The judges had a difficult time selecting an overall winner for this carton. As such, I thought it would be fun to list the runner-ups:

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.


"I’m sorry, Mr. Rachleff…you can’t attend a concert here unless you live in San Antonio."

Overall, this was great fun and I’m sure there will be similar contests in store for the future.

Postscript: Even though weekends are typically non-publishing days here at Adaptistration, stop by this Sunday, April 1st for another special treat…

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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